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Sana (Shih-chi) Chiu

Assistant Professor

Sana (Shih-chi) Chiu


Sana Chiu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management & Leadership. She received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management (Minor: Research Methods/Statistics) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned an M.A. in Telecom Management from Michigan State University and completed Executive Business Program in Board Governance from Harvard Business School. Dr. Chiu's research focuses on the antecedents, processes, and outcomes of corporate restructuring, strategic leadership, and corporate social (ir)responsibility. She is interested in the psychological and cognitive factors that guide strategic leaders' decision-making in corporate changes, stakeholder management, and sustainability issues. Her publications have appeared in various outlets, 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. Dr. Chiu is also an award-winning business educator with 15+ years of teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate-level courses in both Asia and North America.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate social responsibility, performance, and sustainability
  • Corporate strategic change (portfolio restructuring)
  • Executive succession
  • Psychological/cognitive influence of strategic leaders
  • Corporate governance

Selected Publications

  • Chiu, S., Hoskisson, R.E., Kong, D., Li, A., & Shao, P. 2023. Predicting primary and secondary Stakeholder Engagement: A CEO motivation-Means Contingency Model. Journal of Business Research. (ABDC Ranking: A; Impact Factor: 10.97)
  • Cristofaro, M., Bao, Y.J., Chiu, S., Hern√°ndez-Lara, A.B., & Perez-Calero, L. 2022. Affect and cognition in upper echelons' strategic decision making: Empirical and theoretical studies for advancing corporate governance. Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Kong, D., Chiu, S. & Christopoulos, G. 2022. Face of morality: Powerful CEOs' facial characteristics and moral foundations. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.
  • Miller, C., Chiu, S., Wesley, C., Vera, D., & Avery, D. 2022. Cognitive diversity at the strategic apex: Assessing evidence on the value of different perspectives and ideas among senior leaders. Academy of Management Annals, 16: 806-852. (ABDC Ranking: A* ; 5-year Impact Factor: 27.3)
  • Chiu, S., Pathak, S. & Sabz, A. 2022. The impact of advisor status on corporate divestitures and market reactions. Journal of Business Research, 144: 107-121. (ABDC Ranking: A ; Impact Factor: 10.97)
  • Chiu, S. & Sabz, A. 2022. Can corporate divestiture activities lead to better corporate social performance? Journal of Business Ethics, 179: 849-866. (Financial Times 50; ABDC Ranking: A ; 5-year Impact Factor: 8.09)
  • Chiu, S., Pathak, S., Hoskisson, R.E, & Johnson, R. A. 2022. Managerial commitment to the status quo and corporate divestiture: Can power motivate openness to change? The Leadership Quarterly, 33(3): 101459. (ABDC Ranking: A* ; 5-year impact factor: 12.4)
  • Li, A., Chiu, S.., Kong, D., Cropanzano, R., & Ho, CW. 2021. How CEOs Respond to Mortality Salience during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Integrating Terror Management Theory with Regulatory Focus Theory. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106(8):1188-1201. (Financial Times 50; ABDC Ranking: A* ; 5-year impact factor: 13.72)
  • Walls, J., Salaiz, A., & Chiu, S. 2021. Wanted: Heroic leaders to drive the transition to 'business beyond usual.' Strategic Organization, 19(3): 494-512. (ABDC Ranking: A ; 5-year impact factor: 5.77)
  • Salaiz, A., Chiu, S., & Walls, J. L. 2021. Sustainability agency at the top of the organization: Microfoundations research on corporate sustainability, in Teerikangas, S., Onkila, T., Koistinen, K., & Makela, M. Research Handbook of Sustainability Agency. London: Edward Elgar.
  • Pathak, S. & Chiu, S. (equal authorship) 2020. Firm-advisor ties and financial performance in the context of corporate divestiture. Journal of Business Research, 121: 315-328 (ABDC Ranking: A ; Impact factor: 10.97)
  • Chiu, S. & Walls, J. 2019. Leadership change and corporate social performance: The context of financial distress makes all the difference. The Leadership Quarterly, 30(5): 1-13 (ABDC Ranking: A* ; 5-year impact factor: 12.4)
  • Chiu, S. & Sharfman, M. 2018. Corporate social irresponsibility and executive succession: An empirical examination. Journal of Business Ethics, 149(3): 707-723. (Financial Times 50; ABDC Ranking: A ; 5-year Impact Factor: 8.09)
  • Chiu, S., Johnson, R.A., Hoskisson, R., & Pathak, S. 2016. The impact of CEO succession and successor origin on the scale and scope of divestiture. The Leadership Quarterly, 27(4): 617-633. (ABDC Ranking: A* ; 5-year impact factor: 12.4)
    ** Best Paper Award Runner-up
  • Chiu, S. & Sharfman, M. P. 2011. Legitimacy, visibility, and the antecedents of corporate social performance: An investigation of instrumental perspective. Journal of Management, 37 (6): 1558-1585. (Financial Times 50 ; ABDC Ranking: A* ; 5-year Impact Factor: 18.02)
    ** Best Paper Award
  • Johnson, R. A., Schnatterly, K., Johnson, S. & Chiu, S. 2010. Institutional investors and institutional environments: A comparative analysis. Journsl of Management Studies, 47(2) 1590-1613. (Financial Times 50 ; ABDC Ranking: A* ; 5-year Impact Factor: 11.61)
  • Chiu, S., Fan, W., & Chong, Y. 2013. Entrepreneurship in China's private sector: Guangxi's Elite Optical. Harvard Business Review Case.

Academic Associations & Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Management
  • Frontiers in Psychology (Special Issue Editor)
  • Academy of Management
  • Strategic Management Society
  • Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS)
  • Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM)

Activities & Interests

  • Traveling
  • Theatrical and musical performance
  • Bluecoats DCI (drum corps international)
  • my hobbies

Contact Info

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  • MANA4385 Introduction of Strategic Management
  • MANA4347 Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • MANA7347 Environment & Social Governance
  • MANA8380 Doctoral Seminar in Strategic Management


PhD. Strategic Management - University of Missouri-Columbia. (Minor: Research Methods & Statistics
M.A. Telecom/IT Management - Michigan State University
Harvard Business School - Corporate Board Governance Executive Program
Harvard Business School - Case Method Certification