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Bin Ma


Bin Ma




Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour

Bin Ma is a Professor of Leadership in the Department of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior at IE. Bin’s research interests derive from his belief that business leaders can play an increasingly critical role in today’s world, as the business environment becomes more dynamic and uncertain. Bin’s work seeks to contribute to the understanding of leadership, with the aim of having an impact not only on the academic literature but also on managerial practice. His research is primarily focused on: 1) leadership in dyadic and/or team level settings; 2) strategic leadership and its impact on organizational outcomes; and 3) leadership in the contexts of entrepreneurship and innovation. His dissertation, focusing on charismatic leaders’ dark side, has won several research grants and awards, including the Most Promising Leadership Research Proposal Award from the leadership scholars network at the Academy of Management.

Before joining IE, Bin taught in universities in China and the United States (both in the East Coast and the Midwest regions of the US). As a business school educator, Bin’s objective is to enable students to acquire concepts that will facilitate learning, analysis and understanding of management in their work organizations, throughout their careers. To support this objective, Bin prioritizes three components of effective teaching and learning: interactive class experiences, strategies tailored to specific student bodies, and class cultures that foster inclusiveness and continuous improvement.

From 2007 to 2011, prior to his doctoral education, Bin co-founded Fulighten Optoelectronics Tech Co. Ltd, Shenzhen, China, and operated the company as vice president and marketing executive. The experience of being an entrepreneur helps Bin to view the field of leadership from a practitioner’s perspective, which benefits his academic roles as a business researcher and educator.

Academic Background

• Ph.D. in Management, City University of New York, USA, 2018

• M.Phil., City University of New York, USA, 2016

• M.S. in Organizational Behavior, New York University, USA, 2011

• M.S. in Corporate Management, South China University of Technology, China, 2012

• Bachelor in Economics, Bachelor in Law, South China University of Technology, China, 2006

Academic Experience

• Assistant Professor, IE Business School, IE University, Spain, 2018-Present

• Lecturer (Part-Time), University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, 2018

• Lecturer, Baruch College, City University of New York, USA, 2013-2016

• Student Advisor/Lecturer, South China University of Technology, China, 2006-2009

Corporate Experience

• Co-founder/VP of Marketing, Fulighten Optoelectronics Tech Co. Ltd. Shenzhen, China, 2007-2011


Pan, J.*, Liu, S. *, Ma, B.*, & Qu, Z. (2018). “How Does Proactive Personality Promote Creativity? A Multilevel Examination of the Interplay between Formal and Informal Leadership”. Forthcoming in Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. (* denotes equal contribution)

Ma, B., Tillman, C. J., & Pan, J. (2017). “Third Party Judgment and Reaction to Abusive Supervision of Coworkers”. Best Paper Proceedings of the Seventy-seventh Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vol. 2017(1): 14539.