Research Areas

Within my broad interest in informal organizational structures and their implications, I focus on several more-specific research streams. First, I examine how advantageous social networks, such as connections with high-status others, result in unexpected status loss for women – thus presenting an obstacle to overcoming the gender status gap – and can elicit unethical behaviors. Second, I study how individuals’ perceptions of where others stand in their groups’ hierarchies—and the accuracy of those perceptions—shape their social networks, performance, and group effectiveness. Third, I explore novel determinants of hierarchical conflict, such as the combination of resource scarcity and diversity. Fourth, I explore how the two core bases of hierarchy—status and power—are perceived and internalized differently, thereby shaping individuals’ fundamental needs, self-concepts, well-being, and group engagement. Altogether, my work bridges literatures on social networks, social hierarchy, gender, and diversity. 

Publications

Yu, S., & Kilduff, G. J. (2020).  "Knowing where others stand: Accuracy and performance effects of individuals’ perceived status hierarchies." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119, 159–184.

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Yu, S. & Blader, S. (2020). "Why does social class impact subjective well-being? The role of status and power." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46, 331–348.

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Yu, S., Greer, L.L., Halevy, N., & van Bunderen, L. (2019). "On ladders and pyramids: Hierarchy’s shape determines relationships and performance in groups." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 45, 1717-1733.

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Blader, S. & Yu, S. (2017). "Are status and respect different or two sides of the same coin?" Academy of Management Annals, 11, 800-824.

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Greer, L.L, van Bunderen, L., & Yu, S. (2017). "The dysfunctions of power in teams: A review and emergent conflict perspective." Research in Organizational Behavior, 37, 103-124.

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Yu, S. & Xie, Y. (2017). "Preference effects on friendship choice: Evidence from an online field experiment." Social Science Research, 66, 201-210.

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Kuwabara, K. & Yu, S. (2017). "Costly punishment increases prosocial punishment by designated punishers power and legitimacy in public goods games." Social Psychology Quarterly, 80, 174-193.

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Kuwabara, K., Yu, S., Lee, A., & Galinsky, A. (2016). "Status decreases dominance in the West but increases dominance in the East." Psychological Science, 27, 127-137.

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