Dr. Catherine K LAM

PhD - Organizational Behavior (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
MSc - Management (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
BA - Business Studies (City University of Hong Kong)

Associate Professor

Dr. Catherine K LAM

Contact Information

Address: 10-255, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building
City University of Hong Kong
Phone: +852 34426209
Fax: +852 34420309

Research Areas

  • Social comparison and interpersonal harming behavior
  • Job stress and performance
  • Team work and team climate
  • Workplace emotions and emotional labor
  • Leadership

Catherine K. Lam is an Associate Professor at the Department of Management, City University of Hong Kong. She received her PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research interests include interpersonal harming/helping behavior, leadership, social comparison, emotions, job stress, team processes, and creativity in organizations. 

Research Grant

  • PI: "Golden kids and outcasts: How leader-member exchange social comparisons (LMXSC) shape an actor’s interpersonal behavior toward a target member", General Research Fund - Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong , Amount: $723,281 (2017-2019) , Walter, F.
  • PI: "The burden of seeing you: Relationship conflict, depletion, and interpersonal harming and helping behaviors", General Research Fund - Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong , Amount: 580,500 (2016-2018) , Lawrence, S., Walter, F.
  • PI: "Consequences of Supervisor Emotional Exhaustion: Abusive Supervision, Subordinate Deviance, and Self-Monitoring", Early Career Scheme - Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong , Amount: $447,120 (2014-2016) , Huang, X., Janssen, O., Walter, F.
  • PI: "Interpersonal harming in work Teams: social comparison, envy, and goal interdependence", General Research Fund - Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong , Amount: $495,542 (2011-2014) , Huang, X.; Walter, F.

External Academic Activities

Period Organizer Country Role
2017 - Now Journal of Managment - Member of editorial review board
2016 - Now Human Relations - Member of editorial review board
2013 - Now Management and Organizational Review - Member of editorial board
2013 - Now Journal of Managerial Psychology - Member of editorial review board


Journal Articles
  • Deng., H., Walter, F., Lam, C. K., & Zhao, H. (2017), "Spillover effects of emotional labor in customer service encounters toward coworker harming: A resource depletion perspective", Personnel Psychology.
  • Lam, C. K., Huang, X., Walter, F., & Chan, S. (2016), "Coworkers' relationship quality and interpersonal emotions in team-members dyads in China: The moderating role of cooperative team goals.", Management and Organization Review, 12, 687-716.
  • Walter, F., Lam, C. K., Van der Vegt, G. S., Huang, X., & Miao, Q. (2015), "Abusive supervision and subordinate performance: Instrumentality considerations in the emergence and consequences of abusive supervision.", Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 4, 1056-1072.
  • Lam, C. K., Huang, X., & Chan, S. (2015), "The Threshold effect of participative leadership and the role of leader information sharing", Academy of Management Journal, 58, 3, 836-855.
  • Huang, X., Erica, X., Chiu, W., Lam, C. K., Farh, J. L. (2015), "When authoritarian leader outperform transformational leaders: Firm performance in a harsh economic environment", Academy of Management Discoveries, 1, 180-200.
  • Tse, H., Lam, C. K., & Lawrence, S. (2014), "When my supervisor dislikes you more than me: Dissimilarity of leader-member exchange, interpersonal emotion, and perceived help.", Journal of Applied Psychology, 98, 974-988.
  • Lam, C.K., Walter, F., & Ouyang, K. (2013), "Display Rule Perceptions and Job Performance: The Moderating Role of Employees’ Affect at Work", Asia Pacific Journal of Management, (forthcoming).
  • Chan, S., Huang, X., Snape, E., & Lam, C. K. (2013), "The Janus face of paternalistic leaders: authoritarianism, benevolence, subordinates’ organization-based self-esteem, and performance.", Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, 108-128.
  • Xu, E. H. H., Huang, X., Lam, C. K., & Miao. Q. (2012), "Abusive supervision and work behaviors: The mediating role of LMX", Journal of Organizational Behavior, 33, 531-543.
  • Lam, C. K., Van der Vegt, G. S., Walter, F., & Huang, X. (2011), "Harming high performers: A social comparison perspective on interpersonal harming in work teams", Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 3, 588-601.
  • Lam, C. K., Huang, X., & Janssen, O. (2010), "Contextualizing emotional exhaustion and emotional display: The signaling effects of supervisors’ emotional exhaustion and service climate", Journal of Applied Psychology, 95, 2, 368-376.
  • Janssen, O., Lam, C. K., & Huang, X. (2010), "Emotional exhaustion and job performance: The moderating roles of distributive justice and positive mood", Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31, 6, 787-809.
  • Lam, C. K., Huang, X., & Chiu, W. (2010), "Mind over body? The combined effect of objective body weight, perceived body weight, and gender on illness-related absenteeism", Sex Roles, 63, 3-7, 277-289.
Accepted Journal Articles (forthcoming)
  • Ma, Z., Long, L., Zhang, Y., Zhang, J., & Lam, C. K. "Why do high-performance human resource practices matter for team creativity? The mediating role of collective efficacy and knowledge sharing.", accepted by Asia Pacific Journal of Management, forthcoming.
  • Deng, H., Kwok, L., Lam, C. K., & Huang, X. "Slacking off in comfort: A dual-pathway model for psychological safety climate.", accepted by Journal of Management, forthcoming.
  • Lam, C. K., Walter, F., & Huang X. "Supervisors’ emotional exhaustion and abusive supervision: The moderating roles of perceived subordinate performance and supervisor self-monitoring.", accepted by Journal of Organizational Behavior, forthcoming.