Dissertation: The role of expected social interdependence and candidate social membership in selection decisions
Research interest: Effects of interpersonal competition on perceptions and behaviors at workplace; evaluators’ biases in personnel decisions; gender differences in workplaces
Bio: Dr. Sun Young (Sunny) Lee is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the UCL School of Management.
Her research focuses on understanding the effects of interdependence (e.g., competition, cooperation) among organizational members on individuals’ perceptions, behaviors, and performance.
Her work has been published in international academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Discoveries, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
She earned a B.A. in English language and literature from the Seoul National University, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Organisational Behaviour from the London Business School. Before she started her Ph.D. program, she worked at Accenture as business analyst and at Hewlett Packard as marketing program manager.
The most valuable and rewarding experience in the OB group at LBS was everyday interactions and collaboration with smart and friendly faculty members and fellow doctoral students. From the first year I joined the group, I got a number of chances to work with different faculty members and fellow students on interesting projects, which was a great learning opportunity and source of my later publications. The faculty members in my group were willing to give doctoral students help even when they did not supervise or collaborate with us. Also the doctoral students in my group despite our very busy work schedule had such friendly and cooperative relationships in and outside work. When I started to develop some research ideas, I could simply brainstorm more on them with other students. We organized regular students-only seminars to help each other on different projects and research ideas. Outside work, we also spent some time together over lunch, dinner, drinks or jogging in Regent's Park.
I also benefited a lot from a wide scope of doctoral courses at LBS, which I believe are of top quality. Chances to meet many renowned and young professors from all over the world through regular research seminars was also a great experience I had at LBS.
1. Lee, S. Y., Kesebir, S., & Pillutla, M. M. (2016). Gender differences in response to competition with same-gender coworkers: A relational perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110 (6), 869-886. doi:10.1037/pspi0000051
2. Lee, S., Pitesa, M., Pillutla, M., & Thau, S. (2015). When beauty helps and when it hurts: An organizational context model of attractiveness discrimination in selection decisions. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 128, 15-28. doi:10.1016/j.obhdp.2015.02.003
3. Lee, S. Y., Pitesa, M., Thau, S., & Pillutla, M. (2014). Discrimination In selection decisions: Integrating stereotype fit and interdependence theories. Academy of Management Journal. doi:10.5465/amj.2013.0571
4. Inesi, M. E., Lee, S. Y., & Rios, K. (2014). Objects of desire: Subordinate ingratiation triggers self-objectification among powerful. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 53, 19-30. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2014.01.010
5. Lee, S. Y., Birkinshaw, J., Crilly, D., & Bouquet, C. (n.d.). How do firms manage strategic dualities? A process perspective. Academy of Management Discoveries, in press. doi:10.5465/amd.2014.0123