Siyu Yu


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Siyu Yu joined the PhD program in Management at New York University Stern School of Business in 2014.  Siyu’s research focuses on the micro-foundations of groups and teams, with a particular focus on social hierarchy, conflict and competition, and cross-cultural organizational behavior.  Specifically, she examines how individuals’ perceptions of hierarchy affect their outcomes, behaviors, and decision-making at work, as well as the group-level consequences and cultural variations of of hierarchy perceptions.  She is also interested in various antecedents of conflict and competition in group processes.  In carrying out her research, Siyu employs a variety of methods, including field, laboratory, and archival studies.  Her research appears in Psychological Science.

Prior to Stern, Siyu received double Bachelor degrees in Economics and Sociology from Peking University and a Master degree in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley.

Academic Background

M.A., Sociology
Univeristy of California, Berkeley

B.A., Economics (Speciality: Finance)
Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

B.L, Law (Specialty: Sociology)
Guanghua School of Management, Peking University



  • Yu, S., Greer, L.L., Halevy, N., & van Bunderen, L. (forthcoming). "On ladders and pyramids: Hierarchy’s shape determines relationships and performance in groups." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Yu., S. & Blader, S. (forthcoming). "Why does social class impact subjective well-being? The role of status and power." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Greer, L.L, Van Bunderen, L., & Yu, S. (2017). "The Dysfunctions of Power in Teams: A Review and Emergent Conflict Perspective." Research in Organizational Behavior.
  • Kuwabara, K. & Yu, S. (2017). "Costly punishment increases prosocial punishment by designated punishers power and legitimacy in public goods games." Social Psychology Quarterly.
  • Blader, S. & Yu, S. (2017). "Are status and respect different or two sides of the same coin?" Academy of Management Annals.
  • Yu, S. & Xie, Y. (2017). "Preference effects on friendship choice: Evidence from an online field experiment." Social Science Research.
  • Kuwabara, K., Yu, S., Lee, A., & Galinsky, A. (2016). "Status Decreases Dominance in the West but Increases Dominance in the East." Psychological Science.