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School of Labor and Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ying Chen

Assistant Professor

241 LER Building, 504 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820


PhD, Management, Vanderbilt University
MA, Sociology, The University of Toledo
MA, Labor Economics, The Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB), China
BA, Sociology, Nankai University, China

Research Interests

Cross-Cultural Management
International Human Resource Management
Supervisor-Subordinate Relationships
Gender and Work
Chinese Guanxi

Chen’s current research focuses on supervisor-subordinate interpersonal relationships. This line of research is dominated by Western oriented LMX theories. Chen’s study enriches the understanding of supervisor-subordinate relationships by demonstrating cross cultural differences and similarities in supervisor-subordinate relations. In addition, Chen has ongoing research interests in employment relations with a focus on international human resource management and trickle-down leadership.


LER 590ERC Labor and Employment Relations in China
LER 566 International Human Resources Management