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Professor Yanjun Guan

B.S. (Peking University, China), M.S. (Peking University, China), PhD (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China).

Professor in Management

Yanjun is working as Professor in Management at Durham University Business School. He used to work for University of Surrey (Senior Lecturer, 2014-2016), Renmin University of China (Assistant Professor, 2010-2013; Associate Professor, 2013-2014), and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Postdoc Fellow, 2009-2010).


Dr. Yanjun Guan obtained his PhD in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2009 and then worked as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for one year. From 2010 to 2014, Yanjun worked for School of Labor and Human Resources, Renmin University of China. In 2014, Yanjun moved to the UK and worked as Senior Lecturer at School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey. In 2016, Yanjun joined Durham University Business School.

As a researcher, Yanjun is interested in the antecedents and consequences of person-environment (P-E) fit in cross-cultural settings. Drawing on social identity theory, resourced-based theory, career construction theory and personality theories, he has been studying the antecedents and consequences of person-organization (P-O) fit, as well as the mechanisms through which individuals develop psychological strengths (e.g. career adaptability) to cope with the challenges in this process. Based on these projects, Yanjun has co-authored papers on "Journal of Vocational Behaviour" (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), "Journal of Management" (2017), "Personnel Psychology" (2016), "European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology" (2014), "Journal of Career Development" (2014, 2017), "Journal of Career Assessment" (2013), "Applied Psychology: An International Review" (2011), "Journal of Applied Social Psychology" (2011, 2013), "Basic and Applied Social Psychology" (2010), and so on. Yanjun is currently serving as an Associate Editor for for "Journal of Vocational Behavior".

Yanjun is also working with many overseas scholars to examine the role of national culture in individuals' social cognition and behavior. Their cross-cultural research has been published on "Psychological Science" (2018)", "Social Psychological and Personality Science" (2018), "Nature Climate Change" (2016), "Journal of Personality and Social Psychology" (2015, 2016), "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin" (2012, 2015), "Social Psychological and Personality Science" (2017), "Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology" (2012, 2015), "British Journal of Social Psychology" (2017), "Frontiers in Psychology" (2016), "European Journal of Social Psychology" (2016), "Journal of Happiness Studies (2013), "Judgment and Decision-making" (2012), "International Journal of Inter-cultural Relations" (2010, 2011, 2012), "Asian Journal of Social Psychology" (2004, 2009), and so on.

Research Interests

  • Vocational Psychology
  • Cross-cultural Psychology
  • Leadership Development
  • Person-Organization Fit

Research Groups


Contact Details

Professor in Management
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