Wendong Li, Ph.D.

Wendong LiContact Information

Office: BH 467
Phone: 532-0685
E-mail: wendong@ksu.edu
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Research Interests

Dr. Wendong Li received a Ph.D. degree in Management (Organizational Behavior) from National University of Singapore in 2013. He also obtained degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing Normal University. He joined Kansas State University in 2013 as an assistant professor.

Dr. Li conducts research on proactivity across a number of areas, including work analysis/design, leadership, career success, and personality change. He is intrigued by how people are willing and able to modify, but also adapt to, their environments. His work examines individual (e.g., personality traits and genetics) and environmental (e.g., work context and culture) factors which may prompt proactivity, as well as the consequences of being proactive (e.g., as reflected in people's performance, well-being, and changes in their personality traits). Recently, he is doing research looking at the role of time in organization behaviors.

Awards and Honors

2014  Wang Gungwu Medal and Prize for the best dissertation in Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Singapore

2009  International HRM Scholarly Research Award, Academy of Management

2008-2012  President's Graduate Fellowship, National University of Singapore

2007  Best Student Convention Paper Award of the HR Division, Academy of Management 

Research Grants:

2014 The reciprocal relationship between trait affectivity and work experiences: Disentangling genetic and environmental influences. Faculty Enhancement Program, Kansas State University, $10,000. Role: Principal Investigator.

Student Involvement

Dr. Li loves to talk to and help undergraduate and graduate students who share similar research interests.

Representative Publications


Referred Journal Publications

Li, W. D., Fay, D., Frese, M., Harms, P. D., & Gao, X. Y. Reciprocal relationship between proactive personality and work characteristics: A latent change score approach, in press, Journal of Applied Psychology.

Zyphur, M., Zhang, Z., Barsky, A. P., & Li, W. D. (2013) An ACE in the hole: Twin family models for applied behavioral genetics research, The Leadership Quarterly, 24(4): 572-594.

Li, W. D., Arvey, R. D., Zhang, Z., & Song, Z. (2012) Do leadership role occupancy and transformational leadership share the same genetic and environmental influences? The Leadership Quarterly, 23(2), 233-243.

Li, W. D., Song, Z., & Arvey, R. D. (2011) The influence of general mental ability, self-esteem and family socioeconomic status on leadership role occupancy and leader advancement: The moderating role of gender, The Leadership Quarterly, 22(3), 520-534.

Song, Z., Li, W. D., & Arvey, R. D.(2011) Associations between dopamine and serotonin genes and job satisfaction: Preliminary evidence from the Add Health Study, Journal of Applied Psychology, 96 (6): 1223-1233.

Taylor, P. J., Li, W. D., Shi, K., & Borman, W. C. (2008) The transportability of job information across countries. Personnel Psychology, 61: 69–111. *Recipient of the Academy of Management International HRM Scholarly Achievement Award—2009*

Li, W. D., Wang, Y., Taylor, P., Shi, K., & He, D. (2008) The influence of organizational culture on work-related personality requirement ratings: A multilevel analysis. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 16(4): 367-385. *Recipient of the Academy of Management HR Division Best Student Convention Paper Award—2008*

Luo, Z., Shi, K., Li, W. D., & Miao, D. (2008). Construct of job performance: Evidence from Chinese military soldiers, Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 11, 222-231.


Book Chapters

Zhu, J., Frese, M., & Li, W. D. (2014) Proactivity and adaptivity, In D. Chan (Ed.), Individual adaptability to changes at work: New directions in research. New York: Taylor & Francis.

Parker, S., Andrei, D., & Li, W. D. (2014) An Overdue Overhaul: Revamping work design theory from a time perspective, In A. Shipp & S. Y. Fried (Eds.), Time and work. New York: Psychology Press.

Song, Z., Li, W. D., & Wang, N. (2014) Progress in molecular genetics and its potential implications in OB research. In R. D. Arvey & S. M. Colarelli (Eds.), Biological foundation of organizational behavior. New York: University of Chicago Press.

Arvey, R. D., Wang, N., Song, Z., & Li, W. D. (2014) The biology of leadership, In D. Day (Ed), Oxford Handbook of Leadership and Organizations, Oxford University Press

Tjosvold, D., Wong, A., Chen, Y. F. & Li, W. D. (2012) Theory of cooperation and competition in China: Accomplishments and challenges, In M. H. Bond & X. Huang (Eds), The Handbook of Chinese Organizational Behavior: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice (pp. 209-235), Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing

To view Dr. Li's most recent CV, click here.