Sana (Shih-chi) Chiu

Assistant Professor

Sana (Shih-chi) Chiu


Dr. Sana Chiu joined the Department of Management & Leadership at C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston in 2017. She was born and raised in Taiwan, before migrating to the United States in the late 1990s. Dr. Chiu received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned an M.A. in Telecommunications Management from Michigan State University and completed the Executive Program in Board Governance from Harvard Business School. She is also a certified expert in ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) Investing by the CFA Institute.

Dr. Chiu's research lies in the antecedents, processes, and outcomes of corporate sustainability, stakeholder management, and corporate change/restructuring strategies , with a special focus on strategic leadership and decision-making . Her research works have appeared in several leading Management journals, including the Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Management Studies, among others. Her conference papers and journal publications have been nominated and won Best Paper Prizes . She was a recipient of Elizabeth D. Rockwell Research Award in Ethics and Leadership from the Hobby School of Public Affairs.

Dr. Chiu has served in leadership roles in professional organizations. Currently, she is the Representative-at-Large and PDW Organizer for the Social Issues Management Division (>2,000 members) in the Academy of Management. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management and was the recipient of Outstanding Reviewer Award of the Strategic Management Society in 2023.

Dr. Chiu is also an award-winning educator, with extensive teaching experience in undergraduate, MBA, doctoral, and Executive Education in top business schools in Asia and North America. She has been recognized for her teaching and is the Teaching Excellence Award Finalist at the University of Houston. She is also the recipient of the 2024 Lucile and Leroy Melcher Excellence in Teaching Award at C.T. Bauer College of Business.

Research Interests

  • Strategic Leadership and Decision-making
  • Corporate Sustainability Strategies (Environment, Social, and Governance)
  • Corporate Strategic Change (portfolio restructuring: divestitures/M&As)
  • Organizational Virtues, Ethics, and Character of Strategic Leaders

Selected Publications


Academic Associations & Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management
  • Associate Editor, Academy of Management Conference Program
  • Action Editor, Frontiers in Psychology (Special Issue: Affect and Cognition in Upper Echelons' Strategic Decision Making)
  • Representative-at-Large and PDW Organizer (Junior Faculty Consortium), Social Issues Management Division, Academy of Management
  • Strategic Management Society (SMS)-Strategic Leadership & Governance Division
  • Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS)
  • Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM)

Activities & Interests

  • I am a proud mother of three thriving and energetic boys: Abraham (20), Vincent(13), and Ryan(12). When not busy with research or teaching, I enjoy listening to podcasts related to travel, culture, and sustainability topics, as well as watching theatrical and musical performances.
  • I am a frequent world traveler and a strong advocate for Sustainable Tourism.
  • My family and I are proud sponsors of Performing Arts Houston and Drum Corps International.

Contact Info

Melcher Hall 310H
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  • MANA4385 Introduction of Strategic Management (Undergraduate)
  • MANA4347 Corporate Ethics & Social Responsibility (Undergraduate)
  • MANA7347 Environment, Social, & Governance/Sustainability Strategies (MBA)
  • MANA8380 Strategic Management (Doctoral seminar)
  • Strategic Leadership and Management (Executive Education)
  • Learning with Case Methods / Building Effective Teams (MBA/EMBA/MS Workshop)


Ph.D. in Strategic Management (Major), Research Methods and Statistics (Minor) - University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A. in Telecom/IT Management - Michigan State University
Harvard Business School - Corporate Board Governance Executive Program
Harvard Business School - Case Method Certification
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute - ESG Investing