Professor Zhu obtained a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Her primary area is organizational behavior with specific interests in groups and teams, social networks, and cultural issues in organizational settings. Her current research focuses on how the different dimensions of group expertise and group task process influence the utilization of expertise to improve group effectiveness; the implication of prior functional and cultural experience variety for individual learning and group dynamics; and the personality antecedent and psychological implications of social networks. She is also currently exploring emergent leadership in self-managed teams, and teams in healthcare organizations.
Her research has appeared in Academy of Management Review and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
Zhu, X., & Cummings, J.N. (2007). A conceptual model of prior experience diversity, knowledge processes, and group performance. Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management.
Thatcher, S.M.B., & Zhu, X. (2006). Changing identities in a changing workplace: Identification, identity enactment, self-verification, and telecommuting. Academy of Management Review, 31(4): 1076-1088.