Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
Conflict Management, Leadership, Organizational Behavior
Crisis Management, Future of Work, Creativity, Conspiracy Theory, Trust
Li Huang is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD. She holds a PhD in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Li's research examines the individual and organizational effects of psychological contradictions. Psychological contradictions are misalignments between individuals’ “true” feelings or desires and what they are socially or psychologically compelled to experience. These contradictions often manifest in different types of incongruence between individuals’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Professor Huang’s research suggests that psychological contradictions, though aversive, possess epistemic and motivational values and that their presence and resolution can be adaptive to organizations and societies. 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?
Professor Huang has published in leading academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality 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. Her research and insights have also received numerous media mentions including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Economist, Financial Times, ABC News, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, MIT Sloan Management Review, Scientific American, Smithsonian.com, The Globe and Mail, The Independent, and The Times.
Li teaches the Negotiations course in the MBA and the Executive Education programs, The Value of Trust course in the MBA program, as well as the Organizational Behavior course in the PhD program. Her teaching has received Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching at INSEAD.
- Contemplation and Conversation: Subtle Influences on Moral Decision Making, Academy of Management Journal
- Sarcasm Decouples the Capacity & Motivation to Engage in Perspective Taking, Academy of Management Proceedings
- The Music of Power: Perceptual and Behavioral Consequences of Powerful Music, Academy of Management ProceedingsView additional research
SME Subject Areas
Careers, Entrepreneurship, Environment and Sustainability, Ethics, Gender and Diversity, Health Care, Human Resources, International Management, Leadership, Management Consulting, Management Education, Management History, Management Theory, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Organizational Behavior, Public and Nonprofit, Religion and Spirituality, Research Methods, Social Issues, Strategic Management, Technology and Innovation