Jackson Lu

Researcher of culture and globalization.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2021.


Selected as one of the World’s 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40 by Poets & Quants.


Winner of the 2021 NLS Rising Star Early Career Award.


Lu’s two streams of research focus first on the phenomenon of the “bamboo ceiling” – why East Asians but not South Asians are disproportionately under-represented in leadership positions in the US – and secondly on how multicultural experiences, such as working abroad and inter-cultural friendships, shape outcomes key to organizations, including leadership, creativity, and ethics.


Columbia Business School PhD and now tenured professor at MIT, Lu is also senior editor at Organization Science and associate editor at Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Selected as one of the World’s 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40 by Poets & Quants, Lu also won the 2021 NLS Rising Star Award from the Academy of Management, the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science, the SAGE Early Career Trajectory Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Early Career Award from the International Association for Conflict Management, the New Investigator Award from the Behavioral Science & Policy Association, and the Louise Kidder Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.


Published in premier scientific journals including PNASNature Human Behaviour, and Organization Science; https://www.jacksonlu.net/

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Why East Asians but not South Asians are underrepresented in leadership positions in the United States


“Telling research on the upsides and downsides of globalization for individuals, groups, and organizations.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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