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Robert C. Liden

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  • Professor of Management
  • Associate Dean of PhD Programs
  • Director of the OB/HR Area of Inquiry, PhD in Business Administration

Office: 2232 UH
Phone: (312) 996-0529
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  • Postdoctoral Research, University of Washington, 1980-81
  • PhD in Organizational Behavior, University of Cincinnati, 1981
  • MBA, University of Cincinnati, 1980
  • MA in Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1977
  • BA in Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1975


  • Associate/ Full Professor of Managerial Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago (1991 – present).
  • Associate Dean of CBA Doctoral Programs (2015-present) and Coordinator of the OB/HR Doctoral Program, (1991-present).
  • Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong (July: 2005-2013; June: 2015-2016).
  • Visiting Professor, University of Toulouse, France (April or May: 2006-2011, 2013, 2016).
  • Visiting Professor, University of Paris - Dauphine, France (May or June: 2008-2016).
  • Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia (February: 2016).

Classes Taught

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership
  • Research Methods

Research & Publications

Research Interests
  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Trust
  • Groups
  • Cross-Cultural Influences
  • Careers
  • Social Networks
  • Ethics
  • Personality


  • Meuser, J. D., Gardner, W. L., Dinh, J. E., Hu, J., Liden, R. C., & Lord, R. G. (2016). A network analysis of leadership theory: The infancy of integration. Journal of Management. 42, 1374-1403.
  • Liden, R.C., Wayne, S.J., Meuser, J.D., Hu, J., Wu, J., & Liao, C. (2015). Servant leadership: Validation of a short form of the SL-28. Leadership Quarterly, 26, 254-269.
  • Hu, J., & Liden, R. C. (2015). Making a difference in the teamwork: Linking team prosocial motivation to team processes and effectiveness. Academy of Management Journal, 58, 1102-1127.
  • Liden, R.C., Wayne, S.J., Liao, C., & Meuser, J.D. (2014). Servant leadership and serving culture: Influence on individual and unit performance. Academy of Management Journal, 57, 1434-1452.
  • Liden, R.C., Panaccio, A., Meuser, J.D., Hu, J., & Wayne, S.J. (2014). Servant leadership: Antecedents, processes, and outcomes. In Day, D.V. (Ed.) The Oxford handbook of leadership and organizations (pp. 357-379). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
  • Vidyarthi, P., Erdogan, B., Anand, S., Liden, R.C., & Chaudhry, A. (2014). One member, two leaders: Extending leader-member exchange theory to a dual leadership context. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 468-483.
  • Hu, J., & Liden, R. C. (2013). Relative leader-member exchange within team contexts: How and when social comparison impacts individual effectiveness. Personnel Psychology, 66, 127-172.

Awards & Affiliations

  • 2016-17 University of Illinois “University Scholar”
  • Eminent Leadership Scholar Award for 2015, awarded by the Network of Leadership Scholars of the Academy of Management
  • Thomas A. Mahoney Mentoring Award (2014), awarded by the Human Resource Management Division of the Academy of Management
  • Fellow, Academy of Management (inducted 2013)
  • Fellow, Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (inducted 2008)
  • Best organizational behavior article published in any journal during 2005, awarded by the Academy of Management's Organizational Behavior Division
  • Best article published in the Academy of Management Journal during 2001
  • Best article published in the Human Resource Management  during 2001