Jackson G. Lu


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Jackson Lu is the Mitsui Career Development Professor and an Assistant 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, PNAS), management journals (Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science), and psychology journals (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science). His research has been featured in over 150 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 the 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40, the 30 Thinkers to Watch, and the NLS Rising Star Award from the Academy of Management.

Jackson received his BA from Williams College (summa cum laude) and 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. Forthcoming.

"Collective Hormone Profiles Predict Group Performance."

Akinola, Modupe, Elizabeth Page-Gould, Pranjal Mehta, and Jackson G. Lu. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol. 113, No. 35 (2016): 9774-9779. Download Paper.

"Creativity and Humor Across Cultures: Where Aha Meets Haha."

Lu, Jackson G., Ashley E. Martin, Anastasia Usova, and Adam D. Galinsky. In Creativity and Humor, edited by James C. Kaufman, John Baer, and Sarah R. Luria, 183-203. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 2019.

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Multiethnic networking, East Asians, and US C-suites

Researcher sheds light on why East Asians are less likely than other ethnicities to attain leadership positions in America.

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Multiethnic networking helps break through the “bamboo ceiling”

Lu’s new research demonstrates that East Asians—but not South Asians—are less likely than other ethnicities to emerge as leaders in multiethnic environments partly because East Asians tend to social

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