Emotions & Self-Regulation

It is increasingly recognized that emotions play a significant role in organizational life. In this stream of research, we begin to focus on understanding how emotional expression (e.g., the expression of anger), emotional-related individual differences (e.g., empathy, emotional intelligence) and emotion and cognitive regulation strategies (e.g., emotional suppression, emotional reappraisal, thought-stopping, cognitive restructuring, etc.) influence important individual and organizational outcomes, including leadership effectiveness, supervisor aggression/undermining, innovative performance, and individual’s career success.

Selected Publications

Wang, L., Restubog, S. L. D., Shao, J., Lu, V., & van Kleef, G. (2018). Does anger expression help or harm leader effectiveness? The role of competence-based versus integrity-based violations and abusive supervision. Academy of Management Journal, 61, 1050-1072.

Kiewitz, C., Restubog, S. L. D., Shoss, M., Garcia, P., & Tang, R. L. Suffering in silence: The role of fear and assertiveness in the relationship between abusive supervision and silence. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101(5), 731-742.


Caza, A., Zhang, G., Wang,  L., & Bai, Y. (2015). How do you really feel? Effect of leaders' perceived emotional sincerity on followers' trust. Leadership Quarterly, 26, 518-531.


Cheng, D., & Wang, L. (2015). Examining the energizing effects of humor: The influence of humor on persistence behavior. Journal of Business & Psychology, 30, 759-772. 


Shao, B., Wang, L., Cheng, D., & Doucet L. (2015). Anger suppression in negotiations: The roles of attentional focus and anger source. Journal of Business and Psychology, 30, 747-758.


McCance A. S., Nye, C. D.,  Wang,  L., Jones, K. S., & Chiu,  C. Y. (2013).  Alleviating the burden of emotional labor: The role of social sharing. Journal of Management, 39, 392 – 415.


Kiewitz, C., Restubog, S.L.D., Zagenczyk, T.J., Scott, K.L., Garcia, P.R.J.M., & Tang, R.L. (2012). Sins of the parents: Self-control as a buffer between supervisors' previous experience of family undermining and subordinates' perceptions of abusive supervision. The Leadership Quarterly, 23, 869-882.


Wang, L., Northcraft, G. B ., & Van Kleef, G. A. (2012). Beyond negotiated outcomes: The hidden costs of anger expression in dyadic negotiation. Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, 119, 54-63.

 Frenkel, S., Li, M., & Restubog, S. L. D. (2012). Management, organizational justice, and emotional exhaustion among Chinese migrant workers: Evidence from two manufacturing organizations. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 50, 121-147.