IACMR Research Seminar Series

IACMR Research Seminar Series #36

ThemeThe Bamboo Ceiling in US Business Schools: Who Receives Tenure and Becomes Dean?(商学院的竹子天花板:谁能成为终身教授和院长?)
Speaker: Jackson G. Lu, MIT Sloan School of Management
When: 9:00- 10:15 am, May 17, 2023 (China Time, UTC+8) 
Language: English/Chinese 


In the US, Asians are commonly viewed as the “model minority” in business academia. Some inspiring initiatives intended to help ethnic minorities to attain tenure and deanship exclude Asians from participating, perhaps because Asians are assumed to be already successful. I challenge this assumption by revealing a “Bamboo Ceiling” (Lu et al., 2020 PNAS; Lu, 2022 JPSP) in tenure, full professorship, and deanship in US business schools. I analyze a 10-year panel of tenure-track professors and deans at top-50 US business schools. Although Asians appear well represented at first glance, a stark contrast emerges once I distinguish between East Asians (e.g., ethnic Chinese) and South Asians (e.g., ethnic Indians): Among all ethnicities, East Asian faculty are proportionally the least likely to be tenured professors, full professors, and deans, whereas South Asian faculty are the most likely. Moreover, East Asians tend to be employed by lower-ranked schools. To understand these puzzling patterns, I construct large-scale datasets to test potential contributing factors, including (a) faculty recruitment standard, (b) research productivity, (c) research impact, (d) teaching evaluations, (e) invited seminar talks, (f) social media activities, and (g) social media mentions. As one of the largest endeavors to examine ethnic disparities in academia, this research extends the diversity, equity, and inclusion literature and the “leaky pipeline” literature by uncovering East Asian faculty’s neglected challenges in US business schools.

Speaker’s Bio

Jackson G. Lu is the Sloan School Career Development Associate Professor in Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He received his PhD from Columbia Business School in 2018 and early tenure from MIT in 2023. Jackson studies culture and globalization through two distinctive research streams. His first research stream examines the “Bamboo Ceiling” experienced by Asians despite their educational and economic achievements in the United States. His second research stream elucidates how multicultural experiences (e.g., working abroad, intercultural friendships) shape key organizational outcomes, including leadership, creativity, and ethics.

Jackson has published in top general science journals (Nature Human BehaviourProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), management journals (Journal of Applied PsychologyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesOrganization Science), and psychology journals (Annual Review of PsychologyJournal of Personality and Social PsychologyPsychological Science). His research has been featured in over 200 media outlets (e.g., BBC, The Economist, The Financial TimesHarvard Business Review, NPR, The Boston Globe, The New York TimesThe Washington Post).

He has received prestigious awards and honors, including 40 Best Business School Professors Under 4030 Thinkers to WatchNLS Rising Star Award from the Academy of Management, Early Career Award from the International Association for Conflict Management, Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science, and SAGE Early Career Trajectory Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.