Dr Christian Yao

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Undergraduate Programme Director – HRIR School of Management

Courses

Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Careers, expatriation, International HRM, Chinese MNCs, cross-cultural studies.

Introduction

Dr Christian Yao is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management. Prior to his appointment at Victoria University of Wellington, Christian held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the School of Management, Massey University in Auckland. He has taught a wide range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate level papers including, International HRM, Organisations and Management, International Business and Business Ethics.

Christian’s work has been published in impactful academic journals and his recent research on self-initiated repatriation has received the Academy of Management (AOM) Careers Division Best International Paper Award in 2017. His research on the intelligent career of Chinese expatriates has also received the AOM Best International Paper Finalist Award in 2015.

Christian is an associate editor of Labour & Industry: A journal of the social and economic relations of work, and an Editorial Board member for International Journal of Human Resource Management (IJHRM), He also serves as a regular referee for leading HRM journals such as Human Resource Management, Journal of Management and Organisation, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources and Career Development International. Christian has held an advisory role on Auckland Council's Ethnic Peoples’ Advisory Panel between 2013 and 2016 advising the Mayor, governing body and local boards of strategic ways to engage with ethnic communities in Auckland.

Qualification

PhD (Massey University)

BBS (Hons) (Massey University)

Areas of potential Master and PhD supervision

Global careers
Contemporary workers
HRM in emerging countries
International HRM transfer and diffusion
Contextual impact on careers
Managing and developing expatriates

Publications and presentations

Selected journal articles

Yao, C., Parker, J., Arrowsmith, J., & Carr, S. (2017). The living wage as an income range for decent work and life. Employee Relations, 39(6), 875-887.

Yao, C., & Thorn, K. (2016). The impact of corporate expatriation on the perceived career success of Chinese international assignees. New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management, 16(1), 43-57.

Yao, C., Arrowsmith, J. & Thorn, K. (2015). Exploring motivations in Chinese corporate expatriation through the lens of Confucianism, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resource Management. DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12097

Yao, C., Thorn, K., Duan, Z., & Taskin, N. (2015). Workplace stress in a foreign environment: Chinese migrants in New Zealand. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 34(7), 608-621.

Yao, C. (2014). The impact of cultural dimensions on Chinese expatriates' career capital. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25(5), 609-630.

Yao, C., Thorn, K. & Doherty, N. (2014) Boundarylessness as a dynamic construct: The case of Chinese early career expatriates. Career Development International, 19(6), 683-699.

Yao, C., Arrowsmith, J., & Thorn, K. (2013). Developing career capital from an international assignment: Using a multi-contextual perspective. New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management, 13(2), 79-96.

Yao, C. (2013). The perceived value of Chinese expatriates’ career capital: A symbolic capital perspective. Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research, 1(2), 187-218.

Book chapters

Arrowsmith, J., Carr, S., Haar, J., Jones, H., Parker, K.,and Yao, C (in alphabetical order) (2017). From working poverty to sustainable livelihood: What can applied psychology offer?. In S. Groot, N. Tassell-Matamua, C. Van Ommen & B. Masters-Awatere (Eds.). Precarity: Uncertain, insecure and unequal lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 35 - 45). Auckland: Massey University Press.

Parker, J., Carr, S., Arrowsmith, J., Haar, J., Yao, C., & Jones, H. (2017). Living Wages, Employment Relations, HRM and Poverty Eradication. In J. Parker (Ed.) The Big Issues in Employment: HRM and Employment Relations in Australasia. Auckland, New Zealand: CCH (a Wolters Kluwer Company)

Yao, C., & Eweje, G. (2013). The relevance of corporate social responsibility for HRM and ER in New Zealand. In J. Parker (Ed.) The big issues in Employment: HR management and employment relations in New Zealand. (pp. 137 - 158). Auckland: CCH New Zealand.

Thorn, K. & Yao, C. (2013). Careers, employment relations and HRM in New Zealand. In J. Parker (Ed.) The big issues in Employment: HR management and employment relations in New Zealand. (pp. 177 - 196). Auckland: CCH New Zealand.

Refereed conference proceedings

Ellis, D., Thorn, K. & Yao, C. (2017). The return home: Expectations and experiences of self-initiating repatriate New Zealanders. The 2017 Academy of Management Meeting, Atlanta, USA August 4-8 August 2017.

Yao, C., Ellis, D., & Thorn, K (2016). The decision to repatriate: The case of self-initiated repatriate New Zealanders. The 30th ANZAM Conference 2016, Brisbane, Australia. 5-9 December 2016.

Yao, C., & Parker, J. (2016). Is there a ‘pivot income range’ for a living wage? Qualitative evidence on the link between pay and perceived work-life quality in New Zealand. LEW Conference for 2016, Wellington, New Zealand. 28-19 November 2016.

Carr, S., Parker, J., Harr, J., Yao, C. & Jones, H., (2016). Organisational, managerial and employee perspectives on a New Zealand ‘Living Wage’. HRINZ Academic Forum 2016, Auckland, NZ. Nov 2016.

Carr, S. ,….. Yao., C. (2016). Living Wages, Sustainable Livelihood and Poverty Eradication. 31st International Congress of Psychology- Diversity in Harmony: Insights from Psychology., Yokohama, Japan. July 24-29.

Yao, C., Thorn, K. & Fan, B. (2016). The impact of corporate expatriation on the perceived career success of Chinese international assignees, International Association for Chinese Management Research 7th Biennial Conference, Hangzhou, China. June 15-19.

Parker, J., Arrowsmith, J., Eastgate, L., Yao, C., Carr, S. & Jones, H. (2016). Exploring living wage in New Zealand: the qualitative evidence, The British Universities Industrial Relations Association 2016 Conference, Leeds, UK. June 29- July 1.(Plenary Session Paper)  

Yao, C., Parker, J., Carr, S., Arrowsmith, J. (2016). The logic of the living wage: Perspectives of New Zealand organisations and employees, The British Universities Industrial Relations Association 2016 Conference, Leeds, UK. June 29- July 1.

Yao, C., Arrowsmith, J. & Thorn, K. (2015). The dynamics of employee motivation in Chinese corporate expatriation, 75th Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada. August 7-11. 

Yao, C., Thorn, K. & Doherty, N. (2015). Knowing more from Chinese expatriates: Theoretical and empirical extensions to the intelligent career, 75th Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada. August 7-11.

Yao, C. (2014). Why do Chinese expatriates accept an international assignment: Career capital perspectives, 30th European Group for Organisational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Rotterdam, Netherlands. July 3-5.

Yao, C. & Thorn, K. (2014). West meets East: Expatriates’ perspectives of international human resource management in Chinese corporations. The First HR Division International Conference, Academy of Management, Beijing, China. June 15-16.

Courses

Teaching in 2019