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Professor Catherine Lam

PhD, MSc, BA

Professor of Management


Catherine is a professor at Durham University. Catherine received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2009. She previously worked at City University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on leadership, social comparison, emotions, job stress, interpersonal relationships, and team processes in organizations. She has published articles in leading academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and so on. She is the editorial board member of Journal of Management, Human Relations, Management and Organizational Review, and Journal of Managerial Psychology.

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal behaviour
  • Leadership
  • Social comparison
  • Job Stress and performance
  • Team Work and team climate
  • Workplace emotions
  • emotional Labour

Research Groups


    Chapter in book

  • Lam, C. & Huang, X. (2012). Managing social comparison processes among Chinese employees. In Handbook of Chinese organizational behaviour. Huang, X & Bond, M. H Edward Elgar.
  • Journal Article

  • Deng, H., Leung, K., Lam, C. & Huang, X. (2019). Slacking Off in Comfort: A Dual-Pathway Model for Psychological Safety Climate. . Journal of Management 45(3): 1114-1144.
  • Tse, H. H. M., Lam, C. K., Gu, J. & Lin, X. S. (2018). Examining the interpersonal process and consequence of leader-member exchange comparison: The role of procedural justice climate. Journal of Organizational Behavior 39(8): 922-940.
  • Ma, Z, Long, L, Zhang, Y, Zhang, J & Lam, C. K. (2017). Why do high-performance human resource practices matter for team creativity? The mediating role of collective efficacy and knowledge sharing. Asia Pacific Journal of Management 34(3): 565.
  • Deng, H., Walter, F., Lam, C. K. & Zhao, H. H. (2017). Spillover Effects of Emotional Labor in Customer Service Encounters toward Coworker Harming: A Resource Depletion Perspective.. Personnel Psychology 70(2): 469-502.
  • Lam, C. K., Walter, Frank & Huang, Xu (2017). Supervisors' emotional exhaustion and abusive supervision: The moderating roles of perceived subordinate performance and supervisor self-monitoring. Journal of Organizational Behavior 38(8): 1151.
  • Lam, C. , Huang, X. Walter, F. & Chan, S. (2016). Coworkers’ Relationship Quality and Interpersonal Emotions in Team-Member Dyads in China: the Moderating Role of Cooperative Team Goals. Management and Organization Review
  • Walter, Frank, Lam, Catherine K., van der Vegt, Gerben S., Huang, Xu & Miao, Qing (2015). Abusive supervision and subordinate performance: Instrumentality considerations in the emergence and consequences of abusive supervision. Journal of Applied Psychology 100(4): 1056-1072.
  • Huang, X, Xu, E, Chiu, W, Lam, C & Farh, J (2015). When Authoritarian Leaders Outperform Transformational Leaders: Firm Performance in a Harsh Economic Environment. Academy of Management Discoveries 1(2): 180.
  • Lam, Catherine K., Huang, Xu & Chan, Simon C. H. (2015). The Threshold Effect of Participative Leadership and the Role of Leader Information Sharing. Academy of Management Journal 58(3): 836.
  • Lam, C. K., Walter, F. & Ouyang, K. (2014). Display rule perceptions and job performance in a Chinese retail firm: The moderating role of employees’ affect at work. Asia Pacific Journal of Management 31(2): 575.
  • Tse, H. Lam, C. , Lawrence, S. & Huang, X. (2013). When my supervisor dislikes you more than me: Dissimilarity of leader-member exchange, interpersonal emotion, and perceived help. Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Chan, S., Huang, X., Snape, E. & Lam, C. (2013). The Janus face of paternalistic leaders: Authoritarianism, benevolence, subordinates’ organization-based self-esteem, and performance. Journal of Organizational Behavior 34(1): 108-128.
  • Xu, Erica, Huang, Xu, Lam, Catherine K. & Miao, Qing (2011). Abusive supervision and work behaviors: The mediating role of LMX. Journal of Organizational Behavior 33(4): 531.
  • Lam, Catherine K., Van der Vegt, Gerben S., Walter, Frank & Huang, Xu (2011). Harming high performers: A social comparison perspective on interpersonal harming in work teams. Journal of Applied Psychology 96(3): 588.
  • Lam, C., Huang, X. & Janssen, O. (2010). Contextualizing emotional exhaustion and emotional display: The signaling effects of supervisors’ emotional exhaustion and service climate. Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Lam, Catherine K., Huang, Xu & Chiu, Warren C. K. (2010). Mind over Body? The Combined Effect of Objective Body Weight, Perceived Body Weight, and Gender on Illness-Related Absenteeism. Sex Roles 63(3-4): 277.
  • Janssen, Onne, Lam, Catherine K. & Huang, Xu (2009). Emotional exhaustion and job performance: The moderating roles of distributive justice and positive affect. Journal of Organizational Behavior 31(6): 787.

Contact Details

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