Jackson G. Lu


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Jackson Lu is the Sloan School Career Development Associate Professor in Work and Organization Studies and an Associate Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He studies culture and globalization through two distinctive research streams. His first research stream examines the “Bamboo Ceiling” experienced by Asians despite their educational and economic achievements in the United States. His second research stream elucidates how multicultural experiences (e.g., working abroad, intercultural friendships) shape outcomes key to organizations, including  leadership, creativity, and ethics.

Jackson has published in top general science journals (Nature Human Behaviour, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), management journals (Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science), and psychology journals (Annual Review of Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science). His research has been featured in over 200 media outlets in different languages (e.g., BBC, The Economist, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, NPR, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Washington Post).

He has received prestigious awards and honors, including 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40, 30 Thinkers to Watch, NLS Rising Star Award from the Academy of Management, Early Career Award from the International Association for Conflict Management, and Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science.

Jackson received his PhD from Columbia Business School.


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"Asians Don’t Ask? Relational Concerns, Negotiation Propensity, and Starting Salaries."

Lu, Jackson G. Journal of Applied Psychology Vol. 108, No. 2 (2023): 273–290.

"A Socioecological-Genetic Framework of Culture and Personality: Their Roots, Trends, and Interplay."

Lu, Jackson G., Verónica Benet-Martínez, and Laura Changlan Wang. Annual Review of Psychology Vol. 74, (2023): 363-390.

"Two Large-scale Global Studies on COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy over Time: Culture, Uncertainty Avoidance, and Vaccine Side-effect Concerns."

Lu, Jackson G. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Vol. 124, No. 4 (2023): 683–706.

"Masks as a Moral Symbol: Masks Reduce Wearers’ Deviant Behavior in China during COVID-19."

Lu, Jackson G., Lesley Luyang Song, Yuhuang Zheng, and Laura Changlan Wang. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol. 119, No. 41 (2022): e221114411.

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