Dr. Songqi Liu, an associate professor in Department of Management, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Grant for support of the project: “Leader Behaviors and Experiences across Life Domains.”
Collaborating with researchers at Baruch College and Michigan State University, Dr. Liu takes a life-span and holistic approach to analyzing how nonwork domain variables, such as community involvement and volunteering activities, lead to and are shaped by leadership role occupancy. The awarded project also aims to provide critical insights on how nonwork domain experiences might promote leadership development and how leadership development might contribute to leaders’ growth and thriving in other nonwork domains. Furthermore, the project will help to uncover how and when leaders’ day-to-day behaviors and their nonwork domain experiences mutually influence each other. These findings will inform business organizations seeking to promote leadership to facilitate their economic competitiveness, and will also inform society regarding how leadership in one context may contribute to the welfare of organizations more generally.
This project is an example of a key research area of Dr. Liu: organizational context and work-nonwork interface, Dr. Liu’s overall research theme is employment-related challenges, referring to work-related situations needing great physical and/or mental effort to succeed. These range from dramatic changes such as the college-to-work transition and job loss to subtle changes such as gradual technology updates and daily variations in workload and interpersonal conflicts. His research focuses on understanding how organizational and personal factors influence individuals’ and teams’ ability to adapt to work-related challenges. In the past few years, Dr. Liu has received the prestigious William A. Owens Scholar Achievement Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2016) and Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Research from the Robinson College of Business (2019).