Cynthia Lee, professor and group chair of Management and Organizational Development at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, was recently elected to the esteemed Academy of Management (AOM) Fellows Group, which honors members who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management.

The AOM is a premier global community for advancing management and organizational science, engaging nearly 20,000 scholars and practitioners within the field. Over 200 leaders comprise the prestigious fellows group.

Cynthia Lee, Professor and Group Chair of Management and Organizational Development.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” says Lee. “I must give thanks to my mentors and lifelong teachers, Edwin Locke, Susan Taylor, and especially my ‘American dad,' the late Stephen Carroll. Steve was instrumental to my getting numerous external awards. Supporting me to become an Academy Fellow was one of his “unfinished” tasks, while he was still alive. Additionally, I am extremely grateful to the support I have been receiving from D'Amore-McKim School of Business that contributes to this esteemed award.” 

Lee's research interests include leading change and innovation, proactivity, and understanding the changing nature of work and employment relationships, including psychological contracts and job insecurity. She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology and the Journal of Organizational Behavior, where she also worked as a special issue co-editor. Lee is a Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Fellow and also a member of the Society of Organizational Behavior. In addition, she is an external mentor for numerous PhD students in Hong Kong and China, and she spends time as an external mentor for Neveen Saied of Vlerick Business School, Belgium.

Lee, who first joined the D'Amore-McKim faculty in 1987, amassed much of her extensive academic experience as a visiting chair professor and innovation center director at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and as Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is currently serving as Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University and Renmin University, China. At Northeastern, she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior, international management, organizational behavior in co-op settings, and leadership in diverse and multicultural environments and has also taught PhD seminars on employment relationships in Hong Kong.

In the industry, Lee facilitated a pay plan change implementation at Polaroid Corporation, assisting them with numerous survey projects. Her on-campus innovation includes initiating the consulting project at the graduate level, which has been adopted and integrated in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business' graduate program. She also started a fundraising class project, which teaches students various leadership and teamwork related skills.