Roy Y.J. Chua

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Roy Chua is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Behavior unit at the Harvard Business School. He teaches the first-year Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD) course in the MBA program.

Professor Chua's research draws on human psychology in an effort to understand important social processes in business organizations. In his primary stream of research, he studies how multicultural interactions in a globalized workplace influence creativity and innovation. Does multiculturalism at the workplace facilitate or inhibit creative performance? What are the key determinants and how can managers better harness a multicultural workforce for greater creative breakthroughs? Professor Chua also has a keen interest in understanding Chinese organizational behavior and management processes and more specifically social networking dynamics in China. He has published or has articles forthcoming in leading periodicals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Research in Organizational Behavior.

A native of Singapore, Professor Chua received a BSc with First Class Honors in Computer and Information Sciences from the National University of Singapore and a PhD in Management, focusing on Organizational Behavior, from Columbia Business School. Prior to his academic career, he was a Management Associate at PSA Corporation, working on strategic human resources issues such as talent development, recruitment, compensation, and training.

  1. Roy Y.J. Chua: Received the 2011 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Journal of Trust Research.

  2. Roy Y.J. Chua: Received the 2012 Best Reviewer Award from Management and Organization Review.

  3. Roy Y.J. Chua: “Guanxi versus networking: Distinctive configurations of affect- and cognition-based trust in the networks of Chinese and American managers” with M.W. Morris and P. Ingram (Journal of International Business Studies, 2009) was selected as one of the top five articles in International Human Resources Management for 2009 by the International HRM Scholarly Achievement Award committee, Human Resources Division, Academy of Management.