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Dr Xiaowen Hu
Lecturer in Human Resource Management
QUT Business School,
Discipline *
Business and Management
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PhD in Management (University of Western Australia)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Xiaowen Hu joined the QUT Business School in July 2017 and is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management. She developed her academic interest in psychology during her training as a molecular biologist in University College London (UK). To pursue her interest in human behaviour, Xiaowen completed an MSc in Social Research Skills at the University of Ulster (UK), before undertaking her doctoral research in organisational behaviour. She received her PhD in Management from The University of Western Australia in 2017.

As a curious researcher, Xiaowen’s research broadly concerned with human motivation, performance and wellbeing. Within the context of organisational safety, she has examined how safety leadership and safety climate influence employee safety performance. She has published several journal articles in the leading safety journal Safety Science. She is currently investigating how employees comply with safety procedures in a “deep” (e.g. engaging, mindful) and a “surface” (e.g. acting, putting on a show) manner. She aims to explore through future research the role of emotion in influencing task behaviour, both within and beyond the safety context.

Xiaowen is also a passionate teacher who believes that the value of teaching lies in the facilitation of a transformational experience for the students. For this reason, she strives to develop her ability in creating and curating expert knowledge, and building a dynamic and supportive learning environment for deep and personally meaningful learning to take place. Her inspiration is to make a strong positive contribution to the innovation of the School’s undergraduate and postgraduate HRM program.

This information has been contributed by Dr Xiaowen Hu.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.