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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma

Education and Certifications

Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University

M.S., Business Administration, Beijing Normal University

B.S., Industry and Business Administration, Beijing Normal University

Hay Group and Weatherhead Executive Coaching Certificate on Emotional Intelligence 


Hongguo Wei is an assistant professor in the Department of Management at the College of Business. Her research interests focus on emotions, compassion, leadership and work relationships. She is very passionate about studying the impact of compassion in the workplace. She has applied a relational, motivational perspective to examine how compassion between leaders and employees shape their respective behavior and outcomes. She is also very interested in examining the follower's role in leadership. She studies how follower prosocial behaviors and perceptions impact leadership effectiveness. Further, she examines how indigenous culture shapes executive leaders’ social competences, and how indigenous leadership behavior such as paternalistic leadership affects employee work-family balance. 

Honors and Awards

New Faculty Start-up Grant, Univerity of Central Oklahoma $500     2018 

Outstanding Ph.D. Research Award, Case Western Reserve University $2,000       2016

Don Wolfe Scholarship for Dissertation Research, Case Western Reserve University $ 10,000  2016

Sherm Grinnell Scholarship for Research, Case Western Reserve University #1,000       2015



Emotion, Compassion, Leadership, Work relationships

Classes Taught

  • Principles of Management (UCO)
  • Organizational Behavior (UCO)
  • Emotion and Art of Leadership (CWRU)

Office Hours

Tuesday/Thursday 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Refereed Journal Articles: 

Wei, H., Zhu, J., Li, H., & Bilimoria, D. 2018. Working couple’s family involvement and job satisfaction: A cross-level moderated mediation model. Frontiers in Psychology.

Boyatzis, R. E., Passarelli, A. & Wei, H2018. Assessing leader development: Lessons from a historical review of MBA outcomes. Journal of Management Education, 41: 55-79.

Wei, H., Bilimoria, D., & Li, S. 2017. How does culture matter? The xin(heart-mind)-based social competence of Chinese executives. Management and Organization Review, 13: 307-344.

Wei, H., Zhu, Y., & Li, S. 2016. Top executive leaders’ compassionate actions: An integrative framework of compassion incorporating a Confucian perspective. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 33: 767-787.

Liu, S., Liao, J. & Wei, H. 2015. Authentic leadership and whistleblowing: Mediating roles of psychological safety and personal identification. Journal of Business Ethics, 131: 107-119.

Wei, H. & Li, H. 2015. The competency model of insurance salespeople: A qualitative Meta-analysis. Chinese Journal of Management, 27: 146-155.

Liu, S., Liao, J., Liao, S. & Wei, H. 2014. The influence of prohibitive voice on proactive personality traits of extraversion, conscientiousness, and neuroticism. Social Behavior and Personality, 42: 1099-1104.

Wei, H. & Li, S. 2011. Confucian nurturing doctrine of xin (heart-mind): Its enlightenment to organization research. Journal of Management Development, 30: 753-765.

Li, H. & Wei, H. 2008. HR integration strategies and key points of implementation in the process of corp. M&A: A case study. Human Resource Development of China, 10: 58-61.

Book Chapters and Conference Proceedings:

Boyatzis, R. E., Gaskin, J. & Wei, H. 2015. Emotional and social intelligence and behavior. In D. Princiotta, S. Goldstein & J. Naglieri (Eds.), Handbook of Intelligence: Evolutionary, Theory, Historical Perspective, and Current Concepts: 243-262. New York, NY: Spring Press.

Boyatzis, R. E., Passarelli, A. & Wei, H. 2013. Developing emotional, social, and cognitive competencies in MBA programs: A twenty-five year perspective. In R. Riggio & S. J. Tan (Eds.). Leader interpersonal and influence skills: The soft skills of leadership: 311-330. New York: Routledge.

Boyatzis, R. E., Passarelli, A. & Wei, H. 2013. A study of developing emotional, social, and cognitive competencies in 16 cohorts of an MBA program. In Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings (Best Paper, MED). [DOI 10.5465/AMBPP.2013.99]

Professional and Community Involvement

Academy of Management

Southern Management Association


Teaching Philosophy

Experiential learning theory; Positive organizational scholarship.

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