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Robert C. Liden

Professor and Coordinator of the OB/HR PhD Program

Department of Managerial Studies


Building & Room:

UH 2210


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 996-0529

CV Link:

Robert C. Liden

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  • Associate/Full Professor of Managerial Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, (1991 - Present)
  • Coordinator of the OB/HR Doctoral Program, (1991 - Present)
  • Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, (July, 2005 - 2013; June, 2015 - 2019)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Toulouse, France, (April or May: 2006 - 2011, 2013, 2016, 2021, 2022)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Paris - Dauphine, France, (May or June: 2008 - 2019, 2022)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia, (February, 2016, 2020)

Selected Publications

  • Yin, J., Wu, Y., Liden, R.C., Kluemper, D., Sauerwald, S., & & Gu, J. (in press). The interactive effects of abusive CEOs and philanthropic corporate social responsibility on organizational innovation and performance. Academy of Management Journal.
  • Liao, C., Wu, J., Wayne, S.J., Liden, R.C., & Song, L. (in press). It’s unexpected but good: Leader traditionality fuels greater follower reciprocation to servant leadership. Journal of Management.
  • Crossley, C.C., Taylor, S.G., Liden, R.C., Wo, D.X.H., & Piccolo, R.F. (in press). Right from the start: The association between ethical leadership, trust primacy, and customer loyalty. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Yin, J., Liden, R. C., Wayne, S.J., Wu, Y., Liu, L.A., Guo, R., & Gu, J. (2024). How are newcomer proactive behaviors received by leaders and peers? A relational perspective. Journal of Applied Psychology, 109(2), 283-292.
  • Heine, E., Stouten, J., & Liden, R.C. (2023). Providing service during a merger: The role of organizational goal clarity and servant leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 184, 627-647.
  • Li, F., Chen, T., Bai, Y., & Liden, R.C., Wong, M.N., & Qiao, Y. (2023). Serving While Being Energized (Strained)? A Dual-Path Model Linking Servant Leadership to Leader Psychological Strain and Job Performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 108(4), 660-675.
  • Anand, S., Meuser, J.D., Vidyarthi, P.R., Liden, R. C., Rousseau, D. M., & Ekkirala, S. (2022). A multi-level model of i-deals in workgroups: Employee and coworker perceptions of leader fairness, i-deals and group performance. Journal of Management Studies, 59, 489-517.
  • Park, H.S., Park, H.S., & Liden, R.C. (2022). Leader-member exchange differentiation and employee performance: A political perspective. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 43, 1121-1135.
  • Kim, T.Y., Liden, R C., & Liu, Z., & Wu, B. (2022). The interplay of leader–member exchange and peer mentoring in teams on team performance via team potency. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 43, 932-945.
  • Chaudhry, A., Cao, X., Liden, R. C., Point, S., & Vidyarthi, P. R. (2021). A Meta-Review of servant leadership: Construct, correlates, and the process. Journal of Comparative International Management, 24(2), 59–98.
  • Giolito, V., Liden, R.C., van Dierendonck, D., & Cheung, G. (2021). “Servant leadership influencing store-level profit: The mediating effect of employee flourishing.” Journal of Business Ethics, 172(3), 503–524.
  • Liao, C., Liden, R.C., Liu, Y., & Wu, J., (2021). Blessing or curse: The moderating role of political skill in the relationship between servant leadership, voice, and voice endorsement. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 42, 987–1004.
  • Chaudhry, A., Vidyarthi, P., Liden, R.C., & Wayne, S.J. (2021). Two to tango? Implications of alignment and misalignment in leader and follower perceptions of LMX. Journal of Business and Psychology, 36, 383-399.
  • Wu, J., Liden, R.C., Liao, C., & Wayne, S.J. (2021). “Does manager servant leadership lead to follower serving behaviors? It depends on follower self-interest.” Journal of Applied Psychology, 106, 152-167.
  • Sun, J, Li, W.D., Li, Y., Liden, R.C., Li, S., & Zhang, X. (2021). “Unintended consequences of being proactive? Linking proactive personality to coworker envy, helping, and undermining, and the moderating role of prosocial motivation.” Journal of Applied Psychology, 106, 250-267.
  • Hansbrough, T.K., Lord, R.G., Schyns, B., Foti, R.J., Liden, R.C., Acton, B. (2021). “Do You Remember? Rater memory systems and leadership measurement.” Leadership Quarterly.
  • Sasaki, M., Ogata, Y., Morioka, N., Yonekura, Y., Yumoto, Y., Matsuura, K., Noumura, S., & Liden, R.C. (2020). “Reliability and validity of the Multidimensional Measure of Leader-Member Exchange Japanese version for staff nurses.” Journal of Nursing Management, 28, 1489-1497.
  • Eva, N., Mulyadi, R., Sendjaya, S., van Dierendonck, D., & Liden, R.C. (2019). “Servant Leadership: A systematic review and call for future research.” Leadership Quarterly, 30, 111-132.
  • Bauer, T.N., Perrot, S., Liden, R.C., & Erdogan, B. (2019). “Understanding the consequences of newcomer proactive behaviors: The moderating contextual role of servant leadership.” Journal of Vocational Behavior, 112, 356-368.
  • Sun, J., Liden, R.C., & Ouyang, L. (2019). “Are servant leaders always appreciated? An investigation of how relational attributions influence employee feelings of gratitude and prosocial behaviors.” Journal of Organizational Behavior, 40, 528-540.
  • Xu, A.J., Loi, R., Cai, Z., & Liden, R.C. (2019). “Reversing the lens: How followers influence leader-member exchange quality.” Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 92, 475-497.
  • Anand, S., Hu, J., Vidyarthi, P., & Liden, R.C. (2018). “Leader-member exchange as a linking pin in the idiosyncratic deals – performance relationship in workgroups.” Leadership Quarterly, 29, 698-708.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notable Honors

2018, Decennial Article Influence Award, Most influential Paper Published during 2008, Leadership Quarterly

2017, Best Paper Award, Journal of Management

2016 - 2017, University Scholar, University of Illinois

2015, Eminent Leadership Scholar Award, Network of Leadership Scholars of the Academy of Management


Postdoctoral Research, University of Washington, 1980 - 1981
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