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 third-year PhD candidate and tutor in the UNSW Business School. Her research is in the area of international management, investigating the influence of culture on how people think and behave in the workplace. Lee’s research on multicultural individuals (people who have more than one culture) has been recognized internationally, with multiple award nominations from the Academy of Management.

Lee will be a visiting scholar to the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada for the second half of 2016, with a prestigious Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Government. She will be collaborating with experts in international management at the university’s Centre for Global Workforce Strategy. In 2015, Lee was selected as one of three Lim Kim San Fellows globally to be hosted by the Singapore Management University, where she presented to, and discussed her work with, leading scholars at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business.

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 background and experiences in culturally diverse settings prompted her current research interest in how organisations can best leverage multicultural employees as a resource to succeed in a globalised environment.

Thesis title

  • Multicultural employee's influence in culturally polarised teams (commenced 2014)


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

Research interests

  • Cross-cultural psychology and management


  • 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. Advance online publication, 23 March 2016.
  • Martin, L. (2015). A dynamic, double hierarchy model of multicultural individuals’ roles in culturally diverse teams. Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, August. Finalist for the Douglas Nigh Award, International Management Division.

Conference presentations

  • 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

  • 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

  • Co-Chair of symposium, “Multicultural individuals in organizations: Implications and opportunities”, International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) Biennial Conference, Nagoya, August 2016.

Student Representative on:

  • UNSW Business School Faculty Board, 2016
  • UNSW Academic Board, 2015
  • UNSW Higher Degree Research Committee, 2015