Dr Mengyi Xu

Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Management

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business Management , Organisational Behaviour , Human Resources Management , Business, management and leadership

Mengyi is a passionate educator and motivated researcher, specialising in HRM, work-life balance, Chinese work and organisational studies.

Mengyi.xu@anglia.ac.uk
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Background

Mengyi joined the Faculty of Business and Law at ARU in 2019. Previously, Mengyi worked and studied in the Marketing, Management and Organisation Department in Keele Business School at Keele University. She participated in the research activities at Keele University and the University of Wolverhampton for Leverhulme and British Academy Small Projects respectively during 2017-2018. Prior to academia, she worked as a practitioner in a variety of roles in the UK and China including mainly HR, bilingual (Mandarin) teacher, and presenter.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Chinese Mandarin

Research interests

Mengyi's research interests fall in the categories of work and organisation, as are specifically listed below. Her recent work has considered the well-being oriented HRM as an alternative route to high-performance HRM, employee perceptions of work-life balance and approaches to work-life management in China, work engagement and turnover issues for new generation employees, and the role of middle managers in non-profit organisations. In her research, Mengyi uses qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research designs. Her research has been presented at various international conferences and she is currently working on paper publications targeting at Work, Employment & Society (4*abs) and International Journal of HRM (3*abs).

  • Work-life Balance
  • International HRM
  • Strategic HRM
  • HRM in China
  • Critical Management
  • Mixed Methods
  • Cross-cultural and comparative studies between emerging and developed countries

Areas of research supervision

Mengyi is interested in supervising PhD students who would like to examine issues to do with the following areas:

  • Work-Life studies from organisational and national levels
  • Well-being oriented HRM
  • International / Comparative HRM
  • HRM in China

Teaching

Mengyi has abundant teaching experience across the range of HRM, Employment Relationship and Organisational Behaviour topics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is passionate about helping students to see the real-world implications of classroom theories and achieve their professional goals. The modules she is currently leading are:

  • Managing Human Resources and Improving Organisation Performance | UG level 5
  • Business Skills | PG level 7
  • Postgraduate Research Major Project | PG level 7

Qualifications

  • PhD in HRM and Employment Relationships, Keele University
  • PG Cert in Higher Education Practice, Keele University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Reviewer and Member of British Academy of Management
  • Reviewer and Member of Work & Family Researchers Network
  • Member of Northern Advance Research Training Initiatives
  • Member of Network for Research into Chinese Education Mobilities

Selected recent publications

Xu, M and Cao, X. (2018) The relationship between work-family conflict and work-related outcomes: evidence from China’s new-generation employees, British Academy of Management (BAM) Annual Conference 2018, ISBN: 978-0-9956413-1-0, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, 4th September.

Xu, M. (2016) Work-family conflict, turnover intention and work engagement for China’s only-child employees,The 9th Asian Regional Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) Beijing, 3rd November.

Recent presentations and conferences

Xu, M (2019) Perceived balance and experienced imbalance: the superficial and unsustainable work-life balance of Chinese employees, International Labour Process Conference (ILPC) Annual Conference 2019, Vienna, 26th April 2019.

Xu, M and Cao, X. (2018) The relationship between work-family conflict and work-related outcomes: evidence from China’s new-generation employees, British Academy of Management (BAM) Annual Conference 2018, ISBN: 978-0-9956413-1-0, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, 4th September.

Xu, M. (2016) Work-family conflict, turnover intention and work engagement for China’s only-child employees, The 9th Asian Regional Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) Beijing, 3rd November.

Xu. M (2018) Triple gaps in the implementation of work-life balance policy and practices (WLBPPs) in the Chinese workplace. British Academy of Management (BAM) Symposium 2018, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, 3rd September.

Xu, M. (2017) Work longer with work-life balance? Preliminary findings on the Work-life balance of urban white-collar workers in Chinese SOEs, Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC) Conference 2017, Leeds University, 10th May.

Xu, M. (2017) Research fieldwork experience sharing: The Work-life balance of urban white-collar workers in Chinese SOEs, Social Sciences Symposium 2017, Keele University, 5th May.