Dr Lena Wang
Dr Ying (Lena) Wang is an Associate Professor at the School of Management and a current Co-Director of Centre for People, Organisation and Work (CPOW).
Dr Ying (Lena) Wang joined the School of Management, RMIT University in 2016. Before then, she was Lab Manager of Accelerated Learning Laboratory, and Lecturer at Business School and School of Psychology, University of Western Australia. Lena teaches in areas of organisational behaviour and human resource management.
Specialising in organisational psychology, Lena's research focuses on understanding and fostering positive individual attributes and behaviours at work; and advancing organisational diversity and inclusion.
Lena has published on top-tier journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. She is a current Associate Editor at the journal Applied Psychology: An International Review, while also sitting on the Editorial Board of the journal Human Relations. She is a past co-editor of an award-winning book series, Advances in Global Leadership, published by Emerald.
Lena has many years of consulting experience in areas including talent assessment and management, leadership training and development, and organisational capability development. She has attracted over $1.2 million external funding into universities. Lena has lived and worked in Australia, UK, US and China.
Lena received a PhD in Work Psychology from University of Sheffield, UK, and MSc in Psychological Research Method and MA in Organisational Studies from University of Warwick, UK. Lena is certified for using a wide range of psychological assessment and training tools.
- PhD in Work Psychology (2012), Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK
- MSc Research Methods in Psychology (2008), Department of Psychology, University of Warwick, UK
- MA in Organisation Studies (2004), Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK
- BA in Russian Language and Literature (2003), Fudan University, China
Lena has been working closely with industry and government for almost two decades and has attracted over $1.2 million worth of external funding into universities. Since joining RMIT, she has been engaged in multiple projects funded by National Mental Health Commission, Queensland Mental Health Commission, Victoria's Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria's Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, WorkSafe Victoria, among others, with a particular focus on developing fairer, healthier, and more inclusive organisations and industries.
Before joining RMIT, she was Lab Manager at Accelerated Learning Laboratory, University of Western Australia (2011-2016), during which time she worked with a wide range of organisations in mining, oil and gas, construction, and the public sector, on leadership and organisational capability development. Prior to her postgraduate studies in the UK she was an Associate Consultant at Mobley Group Pacific in Shanghai, China (2004-2007), during which time she worked with numerous multinational corporations to provide consulting services in talent management, talent assessment and leadership development. She also worked briefly during 2009 as a consultant at Assessment Associates International in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
3 PhD Completions3 PhD Current Supervisions
- Shu, S.,Wang, Y.,Kang, H.,Wu, C.,Arenius, P. (2023). Understanding the role of job quality in the association of employees’ career change to self-employment and job satisfaction In: Personnel Review, 52, 288 - 303
- Parkinson, L.,Duff, C.,Wang, Y.,Mills, J. (2023). Australian cancer nurses’ experiences of burnout: Exploring the job demands and job resources of metropolitan cancer nurses during 2019–2020 In: Health Care Management Review, 48, 61 - 69
- Wang, Y.,Wu, C.,Chen, L. (2023). A longitudinal investigation of the role of perceived autonomy support from coaches in reducing athletes’ experiential avoidance: The mediating role of subjective vitality In: Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 64, 1 - 10
- Jiang, Z.,Wang, Y.,Li, W.,Peng, K.,Wu, C. (2023). Career proactivity: A bibliometric literature review and a future research agenda In: Applied Psychology, 72, 144 - 184
- Jiang, Z.,Wu, C.,Wang, Y.,Peng, K.,Li, W. (2023). Moving forward: Diverse conceptual and theoretical perspectives to advance career proactivity research In: Applied Psychology, 72, 205 - 210
- Wang, Y.,Dunlop, P.,Parker, S.,Griffin, M.,Gachunga, H. (2022). The moderating role of honesty-humility in the association of agreeableness with interpersonal competency: A study of managers in two countries In: Applied Psychology, 71, 219 - 242
- Luksyte, A.,Avery, D.,Parker, S.,Wang, Y.,Johnson, L.,Crepeau, L. (2022). Age diversity in teams: Examining the impact of the least agreeable member In: Journal of Organizational Behavior, 43, 546 - 565
- Jiang, J.,Wang, Y.,Riggs, D.,Mate, S.,Chapman, A. (2022). Supporting careers of LGBTQIA+ students in Australian universities In: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education Perth, Australia
- Wang, Y.,Byrne, L.,Bartram, T.,Chapman, M. (2022). Developing inclusive and healthy organizations by employing designated lived experience roles: Learning from human resource management innovations in the mental health sector In: International Journal of Human Resource Management, 34, 1973 - 2001
- Cavanagh, J.,Wang, Y.,Meacham, H.,Byrne, L.,Bartram, T. (2022). Human Resource Management Challenge to Innovate to Support Employees With Disability and Mental Health Challenges In: The Emerald Handbook of Work, Workplaces and Disruptive Issues in HRM, Emerald Publishing, Bingley, United Kingdom
- Gender inclusion in PIARC. Funded by: PIARC World Road Assoication from (2023 to 2023)
- A Collaborative Approach to Preventing and Responding to Risks which Contribute to Psychological III Health in Manufacturing in Victoria. Funded by: Victorian Workcover Authority - Competitive from (2021 to 2023)
- Assessing Progress in the Implementation of the Gender Equality Act 2020. Funded by: DFFH Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector Grants from (2021 to 2022)
- Evaluation of the Victorian LGBTIQ Leadership Program 2020. Funded by: Department of Premier and Cabinet Research Project from (2020 to 2021)
- Peer Workforce Development Guideline. Funded by: National Medical Health Commission Contract from (2019 to 2020)