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Dr Zhuang Ma joined the Department of Management of Huddersfield Business School in March 2023 as a lecturer in organisational behaviour and leadership. Prior to this, Zhuang served as an assistant professor at Surrey International Institute of Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE; China), where he taught ‘Global and Contemporary Human Resource Management’ and ‘Leadership’ (AACSB) modules of a joint program between DUFE and the University of Surrey (UK). Before that, Zhuang served as an assistant professor at International Business School of Chongqing Technology and Business University (CTBU; China),  where he taught the ‘Management’ module of a joint program between CTBU and Western University (Canada).

Zhuang earned his PhD in Management Studies and MRes Management from the University of Liverpool, and MBA from Southwest University. Before his management school education, Zhuang had served as an EFL instructor and department manager at New Oriental Education Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU; 2010-2014) and as a translator and business director for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects in Edo State and Lagos State, Nigeria (2006-2010).

Zhuang’s research project, titled ‘Emotional impact and behavioral response of abusive supervision: a third-party perspective (职场辱虐管理的情绪影响与行为反应研究:基于第三方员工的视角)’ with Professor Jun Huang (Southwest University), was funded by the 2021 Humanities and Social Sciences Planning Fund, the Ministry of Education (21YJA630035), China.

Research Expertise and Interests

Zhuang’s research interests include newcomers’ organisational socialisation and adjustment, abusive supervision, Gen Y/Z employees and employability, employees’ health-safety-environment performance, and information system HR outsourcing. He adopts mixed-methods research designs (exploratory sequential design & explanatory sequential design) that integrate qualitative (semi-structured interviews & thematic analysis using NVivo) and quantitative (questionnaire surveys & structural equation modelling) methods.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Management Studies, University of Liverpool

1 Apr 201611 Dec 2020

Award Date: 11 Dec 2020

Master, MRes Management, University of Liverpool

1 Sep 201428 Feb 2016

Award Date: 28 Feb 2016

MBA, Southwest University

1 Sep 201130 Jun 2013

Award Date: 30 Jun 2013

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Organisational socialisation
  • Abusive supervision
  • Health-Safety-Environment
  • Information system HR outsourcing


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