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Xiaomeng Zhang

Associate Professor
Department of Management

  • Xiaomeng Zhang is an Associate Professor at the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington DC. Her research interests are in the areas of creativity, leadership and motivation, with a desire to understand the relationships between all those areas. She has published articles in multiple academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Science, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Human Resource Management Review. Professor Zhang has taught principles of management, organizational behavior, business policies, and h.r. management. Her teaching interests include organizational behavior, motivation, and organizational creativity and innovation. She earned a B.A. with emphasis in Economics and Business Administration from ZhongShan University, China and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management from the R.H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park with a Paine Award for outstanding academic achievement and several teaching awards.
  • Degrees

    Ph.D., Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management, R. H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park B.A., Economics and Business Administration, ZhongShan University, China
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Research Interests

Professor Zhang's research interests are in the areas of creativity, innovation, and leadership. At the core of her current work is the desire to understand interactional relationships among these areas. A related aspect of her leadership research is an interest in top management (e.g. CEO) motivation, compensation, and corporate governance issue.

Selected Publications

Zhang, X. M., & Zhou, J. (2014) Empowering leadership, uncertainty avoidance, trust, and employee creativity: Interaction effects and a mediating mechanism. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 124: 150-164 (equal contribution).

Zhang, X. M. & Bartol, K. M. Empowerment and employee creativity: A comprehensive review. In C. Shalley, M. Hitt, & J. Zhou (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. New York: Oxford University Press. (forthcoming).

Zhang, H. Kwan, H. K., Zhang, X. M., & Wu, L-Z. (2014). High core self-evaluations maintain creativity: A motivational model of abusive supervision. Journal of Management, 40 (4): 1151-1174.

Seo, M., Taylor, S., Hill, S., Zhang, X. M., Tesluk, P., & Lorinkova, N. (2012) The role of affect and leadership during organizational change.  Personnel Psychology, 65: 121-165.

Wu, L., Yim, F., Kwan, H. K., & Zhang, X. M. (2012) Coping with workplace ostracism: The roles of ingratiation and political skill in employee psychological distress. Journal of Management Studies, 49 (1): 178-199.

Wang, S., Zhang, X. M., & Martocchio, J. (2011) Thinking outside of the box when the box is missing: role ambiguity and its linkage to creativity. Creativity Research Journal, 23 (3): 211-221.

Zhang, X. M., & Bartol, K. M. (2010). The influence of creative process engagement on employee creative performance and overall job performance: A curvilinear assessment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95 (5):  862-873.

Zhang X. M., & Chen, Y., & Kwan, M. (2010). Empowering leadership and creativity in R & D teams: The roles of team learning behavior, team creative efficacy, and team task complexity. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Zhang, X. M., & Bartol, K. M. (2010). Linking empowering leadership and employee creativity:  The influence of psychological empowerment, intrinsic motivation, and creative process engagement. Academy of Management Journal, 53(1): 107-128.

Zhang, X. M., Bartol, K. M., Smith, K. G., Pferrer, M., & Khanin, D. (2008). CEO on the edge: Earnings manipulation and stock-based incentive misalignment. Academy of Management Journal, 51 (2): 241-258.

Pferrer, M., Smith, K. G., Bartol, K. M., Khanin, D, & Zhang, X. M. (2008). Coming forward: The effects of social and regulatory forces on the voluntary restatement of earnings. Organization Science, 19: 386-403.

Somaya, D., Williamson, I. O., & Zhang, X. M. (2007). Combining patent law expertise with R & D for patenting performance. Organization Science, 18 (6): 922-937.

Bartol, K. M., & Zhang, X. M. (2007) Networks and leadership development: Building linkages for capacity acquisition and capital accrual.  Human Resource Management Review, 17: 388-401.

Zhang, X. M., & Sims, H. P, Jr. (2005). Leadership, collaborative capital, and innovation. In M. Beyerlein, S. Beyerlein, & F. Kennedy (Eds.), Advances in Interdisciplinary Studies of Work Teams.  Elsevier/JAI annual series, Volume 11. JAI Press.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Kogod Faculty Award for Outstanding Research (2013)
  • Kogod Faculty Award for Outstanding Research (2012)
  • Kogod Research Grant Award (2012)  
  • Kogod Faculty Award for Outstanding Research (2011)       
  • Kogod Research Grant Award (2011) 
  • Best International Paper Award from the OB Division of the Academy of Management, Nominated for the Dexter Award, Academy of Management award for the best international paper (2010)
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, OB Division of the Academy of Management (2010)
  • IACMR Best Micro Paper Award (2010) 
  • Kogod Research Grant Award (2010)
  • Kogod Faculty Award for Outstanding Research (2009)
  • Kogod Faculty Award for Outstanding Research (2008)
  • Kogod Faculty Award for Exceptional Syllabus (2008)
  • Krowe Teaching Award Finalist (Rank #1), Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (2007)
  • Frank T. Paine Doctoral Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (2006)
  • Top 15% Teaching Award, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (2005, 2006 & 2007)