Huisi (Jessica) Lu conducts research on how to effectively manage and lead the increasingly diverse and dynamic labor force, with two primary areas of interest: dynamics of multinational teams and employee turnover. Lu's research aims to shed light on how to manage participation and status dynamics in multinational teams. One study, for example, examines how language proficiency, an understudied construct, adds a unique layer to team dynamics above and beyond the commonly studied dimensions of cultural and demographical diversity. That study found that language proficiency dispersion among team members limits voicing behaviors, the accurate recognition of expertise, and ultimately overall team performance. These effects were also more salient in face-to-face teams than in virtual teams. This study has received the 2015 Best Student Paper Award and 2015 Student Transnational Research Award from the Academy of Management. Building on this work, Lu and her colleagues are studying how people from different national and organizational cultures view, gain, maintain, and utilize status (Li, Chen, & Blader, 2016).
Lu's research on employee turnover examines how and why unit-level changes, for example, leader departures, lead to unit instability or collective turnover. This study examines how the different characteristics of the exiting and incoming leaders influence members' voluntary turnover behaviors both in the short term and in the long run. Lu holds master's degrees from Peking University and Stanford University and she expects to complete her PhD at the Johnson Graduate School of Management in spring 2018. Her course on negotiations has received positive student reviews. http://jessicali.strikingly.com/