Zhike Lei, PhD
Dr. Zhike Lei is an Associate Professor of Applied Behavior Science and Director of the Center for Applied Research at the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University. Previously, Dr. Lei was a faculty member at Georgetown University, ESMT European School of Management Technology (Germany), and George Mason University. Dr. Lei holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Lei’s research explores how organizations and their employees and teams adapt and learn in complex, time-pressured, consequence-laden situations. Dr. Lei has published her scholarly work in premier research journals, including the Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and the Academy of Management Discoveries, among others. Her research work has twice won the Best Paper Award with Group and Organization Management. Dr. Lei has also won prestigious awards and grants to study medical errors and team adaptation from the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Juran Center for Leadership in Quality at University of Minnesota, among others.
As a management scholar, Dr. Lei serves as an editorial review board member and a guest editor for premier management journals, including the Academy of Management Review and the Academy of Management Discoveries. Her management insights have been featured in general business journals and magazines, such as Harvard Business Manager and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Lei is a frequent panelist and speaker for major academic conferences in the management field.
Dr. Lei has taught executive programs and PhD graduates across the globe as well as
undergraduates and MBA graduates. She has also served on the patient safety committee
for major health information organizations in China and USA. Prior to her academic
career, Dr. Lei has worked as a marketing specialist for leading advertising and marketing
firms in Beijing, China and for startup companies in Chicago, USA.
Carroll, J., M. Christianson, M. Frese, Z. Lei*, E. Naveh and T. Vogus (In press). Errors in organizations: Exploring new frontiers, and developing new opportunities for theory, research and impact. The Academy of Management Discoveries. (*authors contributed equally to this manuscript)
Lei, Z. and E. Naveh (forthcoming). Stuck between two lives: The paradox of eliminating and welcoming Errors. American journal of medical quality.
Schmutz, J. B., Z. Lei, W. Eppich, and T. Manser (2018). Reflection in the heat of the moment: The role of in-action team reflexivity in healthcare emergency teams. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39, 749-765.
Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., M. Chiu, Z. Lei*, and S. Kauffeld (2018). Understanding positivity within dynamic team interactions: A statistical discourse analysis. Group & Organization Management, 42(1) 39-78. (*Awarded for the Best Paper in 2017 from the journal)
Lei, Z. (2018). Fast, slow, and pause: Understanding error reporting via a temporal lens. Hagen, J. Ed. HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN? - Managing Errors in Organizations. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK.
Lei, Z. (2018). Unpacking the structure of team interaction patterns. In E. Brauner, M. Boos, & M. Kolbe (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Group Interaction Analysis. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Lei, Z., E. Naveh, and Z. Novikov (2016). Errors in organizations: An integrative review via level of analysis, temporal, and priority lenses. Journal of Management, 42: 1315-1343.
Lei, Z. *, M. Waller, J. Hagen, and S. Kaplan (2016). Team adaptiveness in dynamic contexts: Contextualizing the roles of interaction patterns and in-process planning. Group & Organization Management, 41: 491–525. (*Awarded for the Best Paper in 2016 from the journal)
Edmondson, A. C. and Z. Lei (2014). Psychological safety: The history, renaissance, and future of an interpersonal construct. The Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 1: 23-43.
Waller, M., Z. Lei, and R. Pratten (2014). Focusing on teams in crisis management education: An integration and simulation-based approach. The Academy of Management Learning and Education, 13(2): 208-221.
Hofmann, D. A., Z. Lei, and A. Grant (2009). Seeking help in the shadow of doubt: The sense-making processes underlying how nurses decide who to ask for advice. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94(5): 1261–1274.
Awarded the Julien Virtual Professorship from Pepperdine University, 2017-2019
Winner of the “Best 2017 Paper” from Group & Organization Management for her paper with N. Lehmann-Willenbrock, M. Chiu, and S. Kauffeld, “Understanding positivity within dynamic team interactions: A statistical discourse analysis” (2018)
Winner of the “Best 2016 Paper” from Group & Organization Management for her paper with M. Waller, J. Hagen, and S. Kaplan, “Team adaptiveness in dynamic contexts: Contextualizing the roles of interaction patterns and in-process planning” (2016)
Awarded the Research Excellence Fund, Pepperdine University, 2016-2017
Winner of Excellence Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Program (with E. Naveh, E. and W. Glover), the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), 2016 - 2019.
Winner of the Research Grant, the Peter Curtius - Stiftung, Germany, 2011-2012.
Finalist of the ESMT MBA Faculty Teaching Award, 2012
Finalist of the ESMT MBA Faculty Teaching Award, 2010
Nominee of the “Most Influential Faculty” at George Mason University, 2007.
Awarded the research grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (with D. Hofmann), 2004-2006.
Winner of the Best Doctorate Dissertation Proposal from the Juran Center for Leadership in Quality at University of Minnesota, 2004.