Dejun Tony Kong
Associate Professor
University of South Florida

Related Research Interests

My research largely focuses on three intersecting research streams, together helping individuals build and maintain positive relationships and be effective at work and in social interactions: (a) trust and trustworthiness in various contexts (e.g., negotiations, leadership, teams, and cross-cultural management/psychology), (b) positive organizational behavior (e.g., humor, charisma, passion, need satisfaction, emotional intelligence), and (c) workplace diversity. I conduct experimental, survey, and meta-analytic studies to examine various issues.

My papers have been published by the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, the Journal of World Business, Mindfulness, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personality and Individual Differences, and other academic journals, as well as various books on leadership and negotiations. My book “Leading through Conflict: Into the Fray” (co-edited with Dr. Don Forsyth) was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.

Related Publications

Edited Book
Journal Articles
  • Barnes, C. Guarana, C., Nauman, S., & Kong, D. T. (2016). Too tired to inspire or be inspired: Sleep deprivation and charismatic leadership. Journal of Applied Psychology, in press.
  • Kong, D. T. (2016). Exploring democracy and ethnic diversity as sociopolitical moderators for the relationship between age and generalized trust. Personality and Individual Differences, 96, 28-30. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.02.073
  • Kong, D. T., Bottom, W. P., & Konczak, L. J. (2016). Negotiators’ emotion perception and value-claiming under different incentives. International Journal of Conflict Management, 27, 146-171. doi: 10.1108/IJCMA-08-2015-0056 (lead article of the issue)
  • Campagna, R. T., Mislin, A. A., Kong, D. T., & Bottom, W. P. (2016). Strategic consequences of emotional misrepresentation in negotiation: The blowback effect. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 605-624. doi: 10.1037/apl0000072 (lead article)
  • Kong, D. T. (2016). A gene-dependent climatoeconomic model of generalized trust. Journal of World Business, 51, 226-236. doi: 10.1016/j.jwb.2015.08.018
  • Kong, D. T. (2016). The pathway to unethical pro-organizational behavior: Organizational identification as a joint function of work passion and trait mindfulness. Personality and Individual Differences, 93, 86-91. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.08.035 (special issue on individual differences in mindfulness)
  • Kong, D. T. (2016). Ostracism perception as a multiplicative function of trait self-esteem, mindfulness, and facial emotion recognition ability. Personality and Individual Differences, 93, 68-73. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.08.046 (special issue on individual differences in mindfulness)
  • Kong, D. T. (2016). Ethnic minorities’ paranoia and self-preservative work behaviors in response to perceived ethnic discrimination, with collective self-esteem as a buffer. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, in press.
  • Kong, D. T.*, & Ho, V. T.* (2016). A self-determination perspective of strengths use at work: Examining its determinant and performance implications. Journal of Positive Psychology, 11, 15-25. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2015.1004555 (* equal authorship)
  • Ho, V. T.*, & Kong, D. T.* (2015). Exploring the signaling function of idiosyncratic deals and their interaction. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 131, 149-161. doi: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2015.08.002 (* equal authorship)
  • Kong, D. T. (2015). A gene-environment interaction model of social trust: The 5-HTTLPR S-allele prevalence as a moderator for the democracy-trust linkage. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 278-281. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.08.028
  • Kong, D. T. (2015). Narcissists’ negative perception of their counterpart’s competence and benevolence and their own reduced trust in a negotiation context. Personality and Individual Differences, 74, 196-201. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.10.015
  • Kong, D. T., Konczak, L., & Bottom, W. P. (2015). Team performance as a joint function of team member satisfaction and agreeableness. Small Group Research, 46, 160-178. doi: 10.1177/1046496414567684
  • Kong, D. T. (2014). Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT/MEIS) and overall, verbal, and nonverbal intelligence: Meta-analytic evidence and critical contingencies. Personality and Individual Differences, 66, 171-175. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.03.028
  • Kong, D. T. (2014). An economic-genetic theory of corporate corruption across cultures: An interactive effect of wealth and 5HTTLPR-SS/SL frequency on corporate corruption mediated by cultural endorsement of self-protective leadership. Personality and Individual Differences, 63, 106-111. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.01.061
  • Kong, D. T., Dirks, K. T., & Ferrin, D. L. (2014). Interpersonal trust within negotiations: Meta-analytic evidence, critical contingencies, and directions for future research. Academy of Management Journal, 57, 1235-1255. doi: 10.5465/amj.2012.0461 (lead article)
  • Kong, D. T. (2013). Leader election outcomes as contextual moderators explaining the different frequencies of action-oriented terms and negation terms used in inaugural speeches of effective versus ineffective leaders and charismatic versus non-charismatic leaders: Evidence from 30 U.S. presidents. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 760-765. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2013.06.005
  • Kong, D. T. (2013). Examining a climatoeconomic contextualization of generalized social trust mediated by uncertainty avoidance. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44, 574-588. doi: 10.1177/0022022112466700
  • Kong, D. T. (2013). Intercultural experience as an impediment of trust: Examining the impact of intercultural experience and social trust culture on institutional trust in government. Social Indicators Research, 113, 847-858. doi: 10.1007/s11205-012-0117-6
Book Chapters
  • Kong, D. T., & Drew, S. (2016). Meta-analyzing the differential effects of emotions on disengagement from unethical behavior: An asymmetric self-regulation model. In D. T. Kong & D. R. Forsyth (Eds.), Leading through Conflict: Into the Fray. Palgrave/McMillian.
  • Kong, D. T. (2015). Mindfulness in interpersonal negotiations: Delineating the concept of mindfulness and proposing a mindful, relational self-regulation (MRSR) model. In J. Reb & P. W. Atkins (Eds.), Mindfulness in organizations (Chapter 12). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bottom, W. P., Kong, D. T., & Mislin, A. (2014). Judgment bias and decision making in negotiation. In M. Benoliel (Ed.), Negotiation excellence: Successful deal making (2nd ed.) (Chapter 11). Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Publishing.
  • Ferrin, D. L., Kong, D. T., & Dirks, K. T. (2014). Trust building, diagnosis, and repair in the context of negotiation. In M. Benoliel (Ed.), Negotiation excellence: Successful deal making (2nd ed.) (Chapter 6). Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Publishing.
  • Kong, D. T. (2013). Followers’ judgment of leader integrity as situated social cognition. In J. B. Ciulla, M. Uhl-Bien, & P. Werhane (Eds.), Volume III. Leadership ethics: Contexts and narratives (Chapter 58). New York, NY: Sage.