Yuanyuan Huo

Dr Yuanyuan Huo

Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Management; SBS Exchange Coordinator
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Tuesday 10-12am; Wednesday 4-5pm

Academic and research departments

Department of People and Organisations.



Research interests

My teaching

My publications


Lam W, Huo Y, Chen Z (2017) Who Is Fit to Serve? Person?Job/Organization Fit, Emotional Labor, and Customer Service Performance, Human Resource Management 57 (2) pp. 483-497 Wiley
This study investigates person?job (P?J) fit and person?organization (P?O) fit perceptions and relates these perceptions to employees? emotional labor and customer service performance. Data from a two-point, time-lagged study of 263 employees and 690 customers reveal that both P?J and P?O fit relate positively to deep acting and negatively to surface acting, in accordance with an emotional labor perspective. In addition, P?J and P?O fit are jointly associated with emotional labor, such that the positive link between P?J fit and deep acting is stronger and the negative link between P?J fit and surface acting is weaker when P?O fit is high. Emotional labor partially mediates the interactive effects of P?J and P?O fit on service interaction quality and customer satisfaction; service interaction quality relates positively to customer satisfaction. These findings have multiple theoretical and practical implications.
Chen Z, Sun H, Lam W, Hu Q, Huo Y, Zhong J-A (2012) Chinese hotel employees in the smiling masks: roles of job satisfaction, burnout, and supervisory support in relationships between emotional labor and performance, International Journal of Human Resource Management 23 (4) pp. 826-845 Routledge
Using survey data obtained from 206 frontline hotel employees (Study 1) and 111 employee?supervisor dyads (Study 2), we examined how the emotional labor of hotel employees was associated with affective and behavioral outcomes. We found that surface acting was negatively related to job satisfaction but positively related to burnout. Meanwhile, deep acting was positively related to job satisfaction but negatively related to burnout. Additionally, job satisfaction and burnout were found to mediate the relationship between emotional labor and work performance. We further found that supervisory support moderated the relationships between emotional labor and job satisfaction and burnout.
Huo Y, Lam W, Chen Z (2012) Am I the Only One This Supervisor is Laughing at? Effects of Aggressive Humor on Employee Strain and Addictive Behaviors, Personnel Psychology: the study of people at work 65 (4) pp. 859-885 Wiley
Prior literature on humor primarily documents its positive effects on employees? attitudes and behaviors, though increasing research on aggressive humor suggests some conflicting viewpoints. This article proposes a model based on social comparison and attribution theories to examine the influence of supervisors? aggressive humor on employees? strain and addictive behaviors. The tests?of the research model entailed a two-wave study with 243 frontline employees from four manufacturing companies of a group corporation in China. The results showed that supervisors? aggressive humor with employees related positively to employees? strain. This positive association became stronger when the supervisors did not use aggressive humor with the peers of the focal employees. Employees? strain mediated the interactive effects of supervisors? aggressive humor with the focal employees and those with their peers on employees? addictive behaviors (e.g., problematic use of Internet, alcohol, and tobacco). As well as having practical implications, this study offers theoretical insights for research into humor, leadership, and addictive behaviors.
From the perspective of the integrative model of organizational trust, this study proposes a multi-level model for whether, how, and when differentiated empowering leadership influences followers? trust in leaders and their work outcomes. Drawing on a sample of 372 followers from 97 teams in China, it was found that the negative effect of differentiated empowering leadership on followers? trust in leaders became salient when followers? Chinese traditionality was low. Moreover, followers? trust in leaders mediated the effect of differentiated empowering leadership and Chinese traditionality on followers? in-role performance, extra-role performance, and counterproductive work behaviors toward the organization. These findings have implications for managerial theory and practice in the domains of trust and differentiated empowering leadership.
Gao Yongqiang, Zhang Dan, Huo Yuanyuan (2017) Corporate social responsibility and work engagement: testing a moderated mediation model, Journal of Business and Psychology 33 (5) pp. 661-673 Springer US
The purpose of this study is to examine the mediating role of collective self-esteem in the relationship between employees? perceived corporate social responsibility (CSR) and their work engagement. We also explore the moderating role of employees? concern for face in the linkage between their perceived CSR and collective self-esteem. A two-wave panel data from a final sample of 217 employees in six companies in Wuhan, China, completed the questionnaire survey. Employees? perceived CSR has a direct and positive effect on their work engagement, which is partially mediated by their collective self-esteem. Furthermore, employees? concern for face moderates the relationship between their perceived CSR and collective self-esteem. CSR has a stronger effect on collective self-esteem for employees who concern more for face than for those who concern less for face. Understanding the outcomes, the mediating mechanisms, as well as the boundary conditions of perceived CSR on work engagement, help firms to better formulate their CSR strategy. First, we introduce collective self-esteem as an important mediating mechanism in the relationship between CSR and employees? work engagement. Second, we identify concern for face as an important limiting condition in the linkage between CSR and employees? collective self-esteem. Finally, previous research investigating employees? reactions to CSR has predominantly been conducted in the West. We conduct our study in the Chinese or Confucian context to provide some new and complementary insights.
Cai Zhenyao, Huo Yuanyuan, Lan Junbang, Chen Ziguang, Lam Wing (2018) When Do Frontline Hospitality Employees Take Charge? Prosocial Motivation, Taking Charge, and Job Performance: The Moderating Role of Job Autonomy, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly SAGE Publications
This study draws on trait activation theory to examine the effects of frontline
hospitality employees? prosocial motivation on their taking charge and job
performance and how job autonomy moderates these effects. We collected data in two
stages from 185 pairs of front-line hospitality employees and their direct supervisors,
and we found a positive relationship between employees? prosocial motivation and
their taking charge. In addition, job autonomy strengthened this positive relationship,
and taking charge mediated the interactive effect of prosocial motivation and job
autonomy on job performance. These results suggest that when front-line hospitality
employees perceive their level of job autonomy to be high enough to activate their
expression of prosocial motivation, they will be more likely to engage in taking
charge, which should lead to a higher evaluation of their job performance. Theoretical
and practical implications for hospitality industry were discussed at the end of the
Huo Yuanyuan, Chen Ziguang, Lam Wing, Woods Steve (2018) Standing in My Customer's Shoes: Effects of Customer-oriented Perspective Taking on Proactive Service Performance, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology Wiley
We develop a theoretical framework that delineates the process by which customer-oriented perspective taking contributes to employees? proactive service performance. Drawing from motivated information processing and proactivity perspectives, the model hypothesizes that employees? customer-oriented perspective taking enhances their role breadth self-efficacy (RBSE), which in turn enhances proactive customer service performance and proactive complaint-handling performance. A three-wave, time-lagged study, involving 145 frontline employees and their immediate supervisors in the Chinese hospitality industry, tests the research model. The results of structural equation modelling show taking customers? perspectives results in a high level of RBSE. This relationship grows stronger if employees exhibit a strongly proactive personality. A high level of RBSE also mediates the interactive effects of customer-oriented perspective taking and proactive personality on proactive customer service performance and proactive complaint-handling performance. These findings provide insights for research on perspective taking, RBSE, and proactive service performance.