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Robert C. Liden

Head and shoulder photo of Robert C. Liden
  • 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 UIC Business 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: 2015-2018).
  • Visiting Professor, University of Toulouse, France (April or May: 2006-2011, 2013, 2016).
  • Visiting Professor, University of Paris - Dauphine, France (May or June: 2008-2018).
  • 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
  • Eva, N., Mulyadi, R., Sendjaya, S., van Dierendonck, D., & Liden, R.C. (in press). Servant Leadership: A systematic review and call for future research. Leadership Quarterly.
  • Anand, S., Hu, J., Vidyarthi, P., & Liden, R.C. (in press) Leader-member exchange as a linking pin in the idiosyncratic deals - performance relationship in workgroups. Leadership Quarterly.
  • Park, H.S., Hoobler, J.M., Wu, J., Liden, R.C., Hu, J., & Wilson, M. (in press). Abusive supervision and employee deviance: A multifoci justice perspective. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Liao, C., Wayne, S.J., Liden, R.C., & Meuser, J. D. (2017). The Divergent Effects of LMX Differentiation on Individual and Group Outcomes: A Multi-level Analysis. Leadership Quarterly, 28: 438-450.
  • Liden, R.C., Anand, S., & Vidyarthi, P. (2016). Dyadic relationships. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 3, 139-166.
  • Zhong, L., Wayne, S.J., & Liden, R. C. (2016). Job engagement, perceived organizational support, high performance human resource practices, and cultural value orientations: A cross-level investigation. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 37, 823-844.
  • 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.

Awards & Affiliations

  • Recipient of the 2018 Leadership Quarterly Decennial Article Influence Award for the most influential paper published in Leadership Quarterly during 2008 (with Sandy Wayne, Hao Zhao, and David Henderson)
  • Recipient of the 2017 award for best paper published in the Journal of Management during 2012 (with Jim Dulebohn, Bill Bommer, Robyn Brouer, and Jerry Ferris).
  • 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
  • Recipient of the best paper published in Group & Organization Management during 2014 (with Serge Perot, Talya Bauer, David Abonneau, Eric Campoy, and Berrin Erodogan).
  • Fellow, Academy of Management (inducted 2013)
  • Fellow, Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (inducted 2008)
  • Recipient of the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management Award for the best organizational behavior journal article published during 2005 (with Ray Sparrowe).
  • Recipient of the 2001 Academy of Management Award (with Scott Seibert and Maria Kraimer) for the best article published in the Academy of Management Journal during 2001.
  • Recipient of the 2001 Ulrich & Lake Award (with Sandy Wayne and Maria Kraimer) for Excellence in HRM Scholarship [for the best article published in Human Resource Management during 2001]