Zhenyu Liao’s research primarily focuses on the areas of leadership, behavioral ethics and morality, social inequality, and online labor markets.
He studies how organizations in an emerging digital working environment could foster organizational members’ work effectiveness and creativity through nudging the process of moralization and simultaneously encouraging the ideation and implementation of novel work ideas. He has also endeavored to identify and reduce implicit social and economic barriers for creators and entrepreneurs in the innovation economy. Additionally, his research seeks to increase leadership effectiveness by studying leadership behaviors on a daily (or episodic) basis and followers’ momentary responses. Further, he has been intrigued by approaches to enhancing the work commitment of online labor platform workforces.
Give and Take: An Episodic Perspective on Leader-Member Exchange
- Journal of Applied Psychology, 2019
Episodic transactions, LMX relationship, Resource contributions, State work engagement, Momentary sense of obligation to reciprocate
Cleansing My Abuse: A Reparative Response Model of Perpetrating Abusive Supervisor Behavior
- Journal of Applied Psychology, 2018
Abusive supervisor behavior, Moral cleansing, Moral attentiveness, Moral courage
Why and When Leader’s Affective States Influence Employee Upward Voice
- Academy of Management Journal, 2017
Employee voice, Affect, Leadership, LMX