I am a Lecturer in Leadership and a member of the Institute of Work Psychology in Sheffield University Management School. I joined Sheffield University Management School in September 2019. Before Sheffield, I worked as a Research Associate in Durham University from 2017-2019, and as a Teaching Fellow in Organisational Behaviour in London School of Economics and Political Science from 2016-2017.
I enjoy interacting with and learning from students. I believe that every student is different and has his/her own strengths and potential. In the past, I have taught a variety of management related modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
I am involved in teaching modules such as MGT650 Managing People in Organisations, MGT252 Managing Organisational Change, MGT6127 Organisational Theory, MGT255 Leadership and Teamwork, and PSY308 Occupational Psychology.
My main areas of research interests are in leadership and employee performance and wellbeing. Specifically, I am interested in how different styles of leadership, for example authoritarian leadership or servant leadership, exert differential effects on employees. Recently I am also interested in utilizing a person-oriented approach to investigate leadership behaviours.
In addition to leadership research, I have also conducted research in how work motivation impact employees’ work life balance. I am also developing multi-disciplinary research on integrating machine-learning techniques in management research.
I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:
• Leadership, followership and management
• Employee work motivation
• Employee wellbeing
• Proactivity in the workplace
Research visitors are very welcome too!
Selected Recent Publications
Zhang, Y., Zheng, Y., Zhang, L., Xu, S., Liu, X., Chen, W. (2019). A Meta-analytic Review of the Consequences of Servant Leadership: The Moderating Roles of Cultural Factors. Asia Pacific Journal of Management. DOI: 10.1007/s10490-018-9639-z.
Zheng, Y., Graham, L., Farh, L., Huang, X. (2019). The Impact of Authoritarian Leadership on Ethical Voice: A Moderated Mediation Model of Felt Uncertainty and Leader Benevolence. Journal of Business Ethics. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-019-04261-1.
Zheng, Y., Graham, L., Epitropaki, O., & Snape, E. (2019). Service Leadership, Work Engagement and Service Performance: The Moderating Role of Leader Skills. Group & Organization Management. DOI: 10.1177/1059601119851978
Zheng, Y., Wu, C., & Graham, L. (2019). Work-to-Nonwork Spillover: The Impact of PSM and Meaningfulness on Outcomes in Work and Personal Life Domains. Public Management Review. DOI:10.1080/14719037.2019.1601242.
Zheng, Y., Huang, X., Graham, L., Redman, T., & Hu, S. (Accepted). The Deterrence Effect: The Role of Controlling Leadership in Suppressing Employee Deviance Behaviour. Management and Organization Review.