Yuan Liao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Managing People in Organizations at IESE. She holds a PhD in International Business from Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University and an MPhil in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining IESE, Prof. Liao was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Management at University of New South Wales, Australia. She has taught at Simon Fraser University and Justice Institute of British Columbia in Canada. At IESE, Prof. Liao teaches courses on leadership and cross-cultural management in MBA, global executive MBA, and Leadership Development programs.
Prof. Liao's research interests lie in cross-cultural management, cultural intelligence, and multiculturalism. Her research aims to understand the underlying mechanisms through which culture influences attitudes and behavior and to improve the way people work with others in culturally diversified workplaces. Her academic work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, among others.