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Department of Psychological Sciences

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.

Dr. Li's work on the interplay between genetic and environmental influences on work outcomes has been featured in a recent interview in The Industrial Organizational Psychologist (p. 57).

Awards and Honors

2016 Hogan Award for Personality and Work Performance, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

2015 Best Paper Award in the OB Division, Asian Academy of Management

2014  ranked as one of the "30 Most Influential Living I/O Psychologists" by the Human Resources MBA website (http://www.humanresourcesmba.net/30-most-influential-industrial-and-organizational-psychologists-alive-today/)

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:

2015 Is being a leader a mixed blessing? Dual pathways linking leadership role occupancy to well-being, Faculty Development Award, Kansas State University,$1,000. Role: Principal Investigator.

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.

Representative Publications

Referred Journal Publications

Li, W. D., Stanek, K., Zhang, Z., Ones, D. S., & McGue, M. (in press). Are genetic and environmental influences on job satisfaction stable over time? A three-wave longitudinal twin studyJournal of Applied Psychology.

Arvey, R., Li, W. D., & Wang, N. (2016) Genetics of attitudes and behavior at work, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior.

Li, W. D., Wang, N., Arvey, R., Soong, R., Saw, S. M., & Song, Z. (In press) A mixed blessing? Dual mediating mechanisms in the relationship between dopamine transporter gene DAT1 and leadership role occupancy, The Leadership Quarterly.

Li, W. D., Fay, D., Frese, M., Harms, P. D., & Gao, X. (2014). Reciprocal relationships between proactive personality and work characteristics: A latent change score approach.Journal of Applied Psychology, 99(5), 948-965. 

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.

Zyphur, M., Li W. D., Zhang, Z., Arvey, R. D., & Barsky, A. (in press). Income, personality, and subjective financial well-being: The role of gender in their genetic and environmental relationships, Frontiers in Psychology.

Book Chapters

Wu, C. H. & Li, W. D. (2016) Individual differences in proactivity, In S. K. Parker & U. K. Bindl (Eds.), Proactivity at work, Routledge.

Li, W. D., Frese, M., & Haidar, S. S. (2016) Distinguishing proactivity from citizenship behavior: Similarities and differences, In P. M. Podsakoff, S. B. MacKenzie, and N. P. Podsakoff (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Organizational Citizenship Behavior, Oxford University Press.

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.