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Li Huang

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour


Li Huang is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. She sits on the editorial boards of two leading management journals, Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Li’s research focuses on the development and impact of power and status, interpersonal trust, and individual creativity. Specifically, she examines the role of psychological contradictions in these processes. Her interest in this topic has led her to two fundamental questions facing modern organizations: (1) how do psychological contradictions affect workplace performance and relationship? (2) how can we resolve these contradictions in a way that fulfills organizations and their members’ needs for interdependence or independence? Li’s research has been published in top academic journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Psychological Science, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Her research has been recognized by the scientific community through awards, fellowships, and grants from the American Psychological Association, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Dispute Resolution Research Center.

Li’s teaching has received a number of awards. She has won INSEAD EMBA's Best Teacher Award for her Negotiation Dynamics course. She has also repeatedly received the “Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching” at INSEAD. Li also teaches The Value of Trust course in the MBA program as well as the Organizational Behavior course in the PhD program. Aside from teaching in the degree programs, she frequently engages with executives of multinational companies on leadership topics through a variety of company-specific and open-enrollment Executive Education programs, including INSEAD's flagship general-management-level program, “Transition to General Management”.

Aside from research and teaching, Li has provided her expert opinions on management topics to top academic journals, such as the Academy of Management Review and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and media outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, MIT Sloan Management Review, New York Times, Scientific American, Sina Finance (China), Forbes (India), and The Times (UK).

Prior to joining the INSEAD faculty, Li taught in the MBA program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, where she received a PhD in Management and Organizations.

Listen to Li’s interview on discomfort and creativity with INSEAD Knowledge Podcast that was featured on Linkedin
Watch Li's interview on music and power with INSEAD Knowledge
Watch a snippet of Li’s talk on sarcasm and creativity at QSP Summit 2017

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How “Mind-Body Dissonance” Leads to Creative Thinking

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Hacking human evolution to unlock innovative potential in our brains.

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Cooking Up a Creative Community

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A recipe based on INSEAD research.

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Why Power Seekers Give Advice

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How giving advice makes some feel powerful and why it can be dangerous.

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Being Sarcastic Boosts Workplace Creativity

Sarcasm, used in the right way, can spark creative thinking in yourself and even in others.
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The Music of Power

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. ---- Henry David Thoreau

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Leadership and the Cultural Conundrum of Body Language

Leaders don’t all walk and talk the same. Staying true to one’s culture is integral to empowered leadership.