Lee Martin

Research Student

School of Management - M. Asia-Pacific Studies, Australian National University | B. Commerce (Econ 1st Class Honours), UNSW | B. Science (Chem), UNSW

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About Lee

Lee is a final year PhD candidate in the School of Management at UNSW Business School. She conducts research in the area of international management, with a focus on the topic of multicultural individuals in organisations – people who have more than one culture within themselves. Lee’s research examines how different patterns of identity, cognition and behaviour among multicultural individuals can influence workplace outcomes. Her research has been published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, and has been recognised internationally with award nominations from the Academy of Management. She has presented her work at numerous international conferences. As the recipient of a prestigious Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Government, Lee was a visiting scholar to Simon Fraser University in Canada for half a year in 2016, and was one of three PhD students globally to receive a Lim Kim San Fellowship from Singapore Management University to undertake a research visit to Singapore in 2015.

Prior to joining the PhD program, Lee worked in the Australian government for a number of years, including as an adviser in the Prime Minister's department and in the Australian embassy in Beijing. She also co-founded a language training company in China. Her experiences in multicultural settings prompted her current research interest in how organisations can best leverage cultural diversity within their workforce to succeed in today’s globalised environment.

Thesis title

  • Multicultural individuals in organisations (commenced 2014)

Supervisors

  • Professor David C. Thomas (Simon Fraser University)
  • Dr Jane Qiu (UNSW Australia)

Research interests

  • Multicultural individuals in organisations
  • Multicultural teams
  • Cross-cultural management

Publications

  • Martin, L., and Shao, B. (2016). Early immersive culture mixing: The key to understanding cognitive and identity differences among multiculturals. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 47 (10), 1409-1429. [ABDC ranking: A]
  • Martin, L. (2015). A dynamic, double hierarchy model of multicultural individuals’ roles in culturally diverse teams. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, August. Finalist for the Douglas Nigh Award, International Management Division.

Conference presentations

  • Vora, D., Martin, L., Pekerti, A., Fitzsimmons, S., Lakshman, C., Raheem, S. (2017), Multiculturalism: A review and agenda for future research. Accepted for the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Atlanta, United States, August.
  • Vora, D., Martin, L., Pekerti, A., Fitzsimmons, S., Lakshman, C., Raheem, S. (2017), Multiculturalism within individuals: Bringing greater clarity to the field. Accepted for the Academy of International Business Annual Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July.
  • Martin, L. (2016). Helpful or harmful? Multiculturals in teams. To be presented in symposium session at the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) Biennial Conference, Nagoya, Japan, August.
  • Martin, L., and Shao, B. (2016). A conceptual model of multicultural leaders in multicultural teams. To be presented at the Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Conference, New Orleans, United States, June.
  • Martin, L. (2016). What makes you different makes you dangerous: how multicultural employees can help or harm teams. Presented at the Australia New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, February.
  • Martin, L., and Shao, B. (2015). Different cultural schemas for prescribed and ascribed multiculturals. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, August. Best Paper Notification and Finalist for Best Student Paper Award, Managerial and Organisational Cognition Division​.

Awards and grants

  • PhD Placement Scheme Scholarship, 2017
  • Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australian Government, 2016
  • Lim Kim San Fellowship, Singapore Management University, 2015
  • Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) Scholarship, The Nippon Foundation and the Tokyo Foundation, 2014-2017
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and UNSW Business School Supplement Scholarship, 2014-2017
  • Australian School of Business Experimental Laboratory research grant, 2014

Leadership roles

  • Symposium Chair, “Multicultural individuals in organizations: Implications and opportunities”, International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology Biennial Conference, Nagoya, August 2016.
  • Student Representative on:
    • UNSW Business School Faculty Board, 2016
    • UNSW Academic Board, 2015
    • UNSW Higher Degree Research Committee, 2015
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