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YAM, Kai Chi  |  Associate Professor | National University of Singapore

My research focuses on organizational behavior, with a focus on business ethics and the future of work.

Research interests – Business Ethics; Leadership; Humor; Future of Work; Human-Robot Interaction

E-Mail: bizykcnus.edu.sg (Please replace * with @.

Term : July 28, 2021-Feb 27, 2022 


Postdoctoral Fellow, Visiting Associate Professor, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, August 2021 – March 2022

National University of Singapore:
01/2020 – Present Associate Professor and Dean’s Chair
09/2021 – Present Deputy Head of Department
07/2021 – Present Assistant Dean (Faculty Development)
06/2015 – 12/2019 Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, minor in Philosophy and Research Methods from University of Washington, 2015
M.S. in Organizational Behavior from University of Washington, 2014
M.A. in Human Development from Washington State University, 2011
B.S. in Psychology (with Distinction) from University of Washington, 2009

Key refereed publications:

Yam, K. C., Bigman, Y., Tang, P. M., Ilies, R., De Cremer, D., Soh, H. & Gray, K. (2021). Robots at work: People prefer—and forgive—service robots with perceived feelings. Journal of Applied Psychology

Yam, K. C., Jackson, J. C., Barnes, C., Lau, J., Qin, X., & Lee, H. Y. (2020). The rise of COVID-19 cases is associated with support for political leaders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117, 25429-25433.

Yam, K. C., Barnes, C., Leavitt, K., Wei, W., Lau, J., & Uhlmann, E. (2019). Why so serious? A laboratory and field investigation of the link between morality and humor. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 117, 758-772.

Yam, K. C., Christian, M., Wei, W., Liao, Z., & Nai, J. (2018). The mixed blessing of leader sense of humor: Examining costs and benefits. Academy of Management Journal, 61, 348-369.

Yam, K. C., Fehr, R., Keng-Highberger, F., Klotz, A., & Reynolds, S. J. (2016). Out of control: A self-control perspective on the link between surface acting and abusive supervision. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 292-301.