IACMR Research Seminar Series

IACMR Research Seminar Series #30

Theme: Upper echelon theory and CEO humility research: Reflections on a journey of perseverance and hope
Amy Ou, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
 9:00-10:15 a.m. November 23, 2022(Beijing time)


Upper echelon perspective is one of the most important perspectives for understanding how firms do what they do. As an organizational behavior researcher stumbling into upper echelon research, Amy has some successes and many failures in publishing on CEO humility. In this talk, Amy will first discuss the evolution and latest trends of upper echelon research; she will then share her recent work that validates an obtrusive measure of CEO humility and studies its effect on improving bias-prone firm decision making. She hopes to receive suggestions to overcome the challenges on this project and encourage colleagues who encounter failures yet persevere on their research passion. 

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Amy Ou is an associate professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at the Faculty of Business, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She received her Ph.D. at Arizona State University, and Bachelor and Master at Peking University. Her current research focuses on strategic leadership and gender equality, examining what impacts humble CEOs have on organizations and how women can overcome career barriers. Her papers have been published in outlets such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Management. She has won awards from the Academy of Management, Journal of Management, and the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management. Her research on CEO humility has been featured in Forbes China, USA Today, and The Business Times.