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    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    I am interested in supervising research students in the areas of creativity, leadership and work-family.

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    Biography

    Dr Shen-Yang (Sonya) Lin is a Lecturer in HRM, OB and Work Psychology in the Department of Work and Organisation at Aston Business School, Aston University, starting from March 2023 up until the present. She is an early career researcher with a PhD degree achieved in March 2022 from the Australian National University.

    In her research, she looks at how different nonwork related social contexts could facilitate employees creativity at work.


    Sonya’s key areas of expertise are:

    Creativity
    Leadership
    Work-family


    Sonya’s research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Stress Management and Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice. Her research paper has won Best paper nomination in the Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings (approximately 10% of submissions).

     

    At Aston, Sonya teaches creativity and leadership at undergraduate and apprenticeship level. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

     

    Previously Sonya was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, working on a project about how HR practices influenced healthcare workers from BAME backgrounds during the pandemic (Dec 2021 to Aug 2023). Through the Postdoctoral Research Fellow role, Sonya has successfully built relationships and demonstrated impact to NHS medical practitioners in three hospitals in Leeds, UK. Following her Postdoctoral Research Fellow role, Sonya was then employed by Newcastle Business School in Northumbria University, where she taught students and employees in the Northeast of North East England from September 2022 to March 2023. 

    Research Interests

    Dr Shen-Yang Lin is interested in doing research related to (1) creativity (eg idea generation, idea implementation, creativity chronotype circadian and work, creativity for socially good, the idea receive side of creativity, how creativity can help the people who suffer from victimization), (2) leadership (eg leadership role occupancy, leadership stepdown, leader's perfectionistic expectations etc) and (3) work-family (eg mothers/fathers/pregnancy at work, how can working parents be creative at home, and how will it crossover to benefit work etc)

    Employment

    •Aston University, Aston Business School
    Lecturer in HRM, OB and Work Psychology (Mar 2023 to now)

    •University of Leeds, Leeds University Business School
    Postdoc Researcher Fellow (Dec 2021 to Aug 2023)

    •Northumbria University, Newcastle Business School
    Lecturer in OBHRM (Sept 2022 to Feb 2023)

    •Australian National University, Research School of Management
    Teaching staff and sectional academic (2017 to 2020)

    Funding Applications and Awards

    •Taiwanese Overseas Pioneers Grants (TOP grants) (Sept 2023-Aug 2024) (NTD 600,000, which is Approx. GBP$16,000)

    This is a highly competitive Taiwanese grant for developing the top-tier social scientists. Taiwanese government selected 5-8 oversea full-time assistant professors/lecterers from all fields every year.

    •Taiwanese Overseas Pioneers Grants (TOP grants) (Oct 2020-Oct 2021) (NTD 900,000, which is Approx. GBP$23857)

    This is a highly competitive Taiwanese grant for developing the top-tier social scientists. Taiwanese government selected 25 oversea candidates from all fields, I am the only candidate from the management field that been selected this year.

    •ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Research Grant (June 2018) (GBP$4372) 

    This grant aims to help evaluate the ABC rural entrepreneurship program, understand who stays in, or who drops out, understand how can ABC improve their efficiency, and what is the ultimate benefit to the rural Australia

    Awards

    •Best paper in Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, approximately 10% of submissions in 2022

    •Travel award for AOM OB Doctoral Student Consortium (Aug 2019) (Approx. GBP$1,366)

    •Taiwan Australian National University Scholarship (Jun 2016-Sept 2020) (Approx. GBP$57,413 stipend in total)

    •ANU HDR Merit Scholarship (covering full tuition fee from Jun 2016- 2022) 

    •UWA Scholarship International Research Fees, Postgraduate Award for International Students and UWA Top-Up Scholarship (Jan 2013-Sept 2014) (Approx. GBP$24,000 stipend with full tuition fee covered)

    •Best Paper Award in 2016 The 19th Conference on Interdisciplinary and Multifunctional Business Management, Taiwan. 

    Professional/editorial offices

    Dr. Shen-Yang Lin is a reviewer for the following journals:

    •Journal of Organizational Behavior (ABS 4)(2022-now)

    •Human Relations (ABS 4) (2023-now)

    •Applied Psychology: An International Review (ABS 3) (2023-now)

    •Creativity and Innovation Management Journal (ABS 2) (2023-now)

    •British Journal of Management (ABS 4) (2021-2022)

    Teaching Activity

    BH2271 Developing Creativity (Term 2) 

    BH3318 Theories and Practice Leadership (Term 1) 

    BHM382 Leadership and Change (EAS) (Term 1) 

    BHC202 Leadership and Change Management (Term 2) 

    Research Methods in HRM and OB 2022-2023

    Administrative Roles

    • BSS Research Ethics Committee

    • Viva chair for PGR students in the Work & Organisation department 

    • Chair for PhD students selection interviews in the Work & Organisation department 

     

    Media Contributions

    Shen-Yang Lin's online media source:

    •Lin S.Y. (2022) How fathers being over-worked can negatively impact children’s future career success? How fathers being over-worked can negatively impact children’s future career success | Blog | Centres and institutes | University of Leeds

    •Lin S.Y. (2022) How to help healthcare workers from BAME backgrounds during the pandemic? How to help healthcare workers from BAME backgrounds during the pandemic | Blog | Centres and institutes | University of Leeds

    •Lin S.Y. (2022) Student Spotlight Dr Shen-Yang (Sonya) Lin | College of Business and Economics (anu.edu.au)

     

     

     

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, A Research Program on Fear of Failure and Creativity, Australian National University

    16 Jun 20161 Mar 2022

    Award Date: 1 Mar 2022

    MPhil, Understanding the psychological processes of innovating from failure, University of Western Australia

    1 Jun 20121 Jul 2015

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2015

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