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Visiting Fellow Profile

Xia Li

Xia LiName: Xia Li
Country of Origin: China
Visiting Period: March 2014 - March 2015
Faculty Sponsor: Rosemary Batt, Ph.D.

Background & Previous Experience:

Xia Li completed her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Nankai University in China, where she also served as an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior. Li's areas of research include career motivation, career commitment, organizational culture, organizational citizenship behavior, career resilience, and women's career success. Her current interests include mentoring relations and the mental health of elderly people in rural areas. Li's research has been published in various scholarly peer-reviewed journals in China including Chinese Journal of Management, Advances in Psychological Science, Journal of Psychological Science, and Science of Science and Management of S. & T.

Current Research at ILR: 

Li's research will focus mainly on the role of formal mentoring, including the antecedents and the consequences. She plans to do a thorough literature review on formal mentoring programs and will carry out a comparative analysis of the formal mentoring programs in Europe, the United States and China. Following the comparative analysis, her research will then investigate the status quo of mentoring programs put into practice within the manufacturing industry in China. With first hand data, Li's study aims to analyze what factors influence and what benefits result from formal mentoring. She hopes to develop a reliable tool to measure formal mentoring functions and to test the concept model. Li will also explore and discuss the managerial tactics on formal mentoring programs.


- Xia Li