Yanjun Guan (管延军)


Yanjun Guan (管延军)

Professor in Organizational and Vocational Psychology

Education Background:
B.S. in Psychology (Peking University)
M.S. in Psychology (Peking University)
PhD in Psychology (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Human Resource Management
Career Development and Career Management
Cross-cultural Psychology and Management
Leadership and Team Management


  • Guan, Y., Deng, H., Fan, L. & Zhou, X. (2021). Theorizing person-environment fit in a changing career world: Interdisciplinary integration and future directions. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 126, 103557.

  • Baranski, E., Sweeny, K., Gardiner, G., Guan, Y. (as a member of International Situations Project), & Funder, D. C. (2021). Who in the World is Trying to Change Their Personality Traits? Volitional Personality Change Among College Students in 56 Countries. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Guan, Y. Deng, H., & Zhou X. (2020). Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on career development: Insights from cultural psychology. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 119, 103448.
  • Deng, H., Lam, C. K., Guan, Y., & Wang, M. (2020). My fault or yours? leaders’ dual reactions to abusive supervision via rumination depend on their independent self‐construal. Personnel Psychology.
  • Yang, X., Guan, Y., Zhang, Y., She, Z., Buchtel, E., Mak, M., & Hu, H. (2020). A relational model of career adaptability and career prospects: The roles of leader-member exchange and agreeableness. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 93, 405-430.
  • Deng, H., Walter, F., & Guan, Y. (2020). Supervisor-Directed Emotional Labor as Upward Influence: An Emotions-as-Social-Information Perspective. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 41, 384-402.
  • Guan, Y., Arthur, M. B., Khapova, S. N., Hall, R., & Lord, R. G. (2019). Career Boundarylessness and career success: A review, integration and guide to future research. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 110, 390-402.
  • Bain, P. G., Kroonenberg, P. M., Johansson, L.-O., Milfont, T. L., Crimston, C. R., Kurz, T., Bushina, E., Calligaro, C., Demarque, C. , Guan, Y., & Park, J. (2019). Public views of the sustainable development goals across countries. Nature Sustainability, 2, 819-825. 
  • Guan, Y., Wang, Z., Gong, Q., Cai, Z., Xu, S. L., Xiang, Q., Wang, Y., Chen, S. X., Hu, H., & Tian, L. (2018). Parents' career values, adaptability, career-specific parenting behaviors and undergraduates' career adaptability. The Counseling Psychologist, 46, 922-946. 
  • Guan. Y., Liu, S., Guo, M. J., Li, M., Wu, M., Chen, S. X., Xu, S. L., & Tian, L. (2018). Acculturation orientations and Chinese student sojourners' career adaptability: The roles of career exploration and cultural distance. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 104, 228-239. 
  • Hornsey, M. J., Bain, P. G., Harris, E. A., Lebedeva, N., Kashima, E., Guan, Y., González, R., Chen, S. X., & Blumen, S. (2018). How much is enough in a perfect world? Cultural variation in ideal levels of happiness, pleasure, freedom, health, self-esteem, longevity, and intelligence. Psychological Science, 29, 1393-1404. 
  • Deng, H., Guan, Y., Wu, C. H., Erdogan, B, Bauer., T. &, Yao, X. (2018). A relational model of overqualification: The role of interpersonal influence on overqualified employees’ social acceptance and performance. Journal of Management, 44, 3288-3310. 
  • Guan, Y., Cai, Z., Ding, Y., Wang, Y., Huang, Z., & Lai, X. (2017). Modeling dynamics in career construction: Reciprocal relationship between future work self and career exploration. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 101, 21-31. 
  • Guan, Y., Dai, X., Gong, Q., Deng, Y., Hou, Y., Dong, Z., Wang, L., Huang, Z., & Lai, X.  (2017). Understanding the trait basis of career adaptability: A two-wave mediation analysis among Chinese university students. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 101, 32-42.
  • Milfont, T. L. et al., Guan, Y. et al. (2017). On the relation between social dominance orientation and environmentalism: A 25-nation study. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 
  • Guan, Y., Jiang, P., Wang, Z., Mo, Z., & Zhu, F. (2017). Self-referent and other-referent career successes, career satisfaction and turnover intention among Chinese employees: The role of achievement motivation. Journal of Career Development, 44, 379-393. 
  • Guan, Y., Yang, W., Zhou, X., Tian, Z., & Eves, A. (2016). Predicting Chinese human resource managers' strategic competence: Roles of identity, career variety, organizational support and career adaptability. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 92, 116-124. 
  • Deng, H., Wu, C. H., Leung, K., & Guan, Y.* (2016). Depletion from value incongruence: A limited-resource account for the effect of person-organization misfit on job performance. Personnel Psychology, 69, 431-465. 
  • Chen, S. X., Lam, B., Hui, B., Ng, J., Mak, W., Guan, Y., Buchtel, E., Tang, W., & Lau, V. (2016). Conceptualizing psychological processes in response to globalization: Components, antecedents, and consequences of global orientation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,110, 302-331.
  • Zhou, W., Guan, Y.*, Xin, L., Mak, M. C. K., & Deng, Y. (2016). Career success criteria and locus of control as indicators of adaptive readiness in the career adaptation model. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 94, 124-130. 
  • Chen, S. X., Lam, B., Wu, W., Ng, J., Buchtel, E., Guan, Y., & Deng, H. (2016). Do people’s world views matter? The why and how. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 743-765. 
  • Bain, P. G., et al., Guan, Y., et al. (2016). Co-benefits of addressing climate change can motivate action across the world. Nature Climate Change, 6, 154-157. 
  • Buchtel, E., Guan, Y., Peng, Q., Su, Y., Sang, B., Chen, S. X., & Bond, M. H. (2015). Immorality East and West: Are immoral Behaviours especially harmful, or especially uncultured? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 1382-1394.
  • Guan, Y., Zhou, W., Ye, L., Jiang, P., & Zhou, Y. (2015). Perceived organizational career management and career adaptability as predictors of success and turnover intention among Chinese employees. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 88, 230-237. 
  • Guan, Y., Wang, F., Liu, H., Ji, Y., Jia, X., Fang, Z., Li, Y., Hua, H., & Li, C. (2015). Career-specific parental Behaviour, career exploration and career adaptability: A three-wave investigation among Chinese university students. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 86, 95-103. 
  • Li, Y., Guan, Y.*, Wang, F., Zhou, X., Guo, K., Jiang, P., Mo, Z., Li, Y., & Fang, Z. (2015).  Big-Five personality and BIS/BAS traits as predictors of career exploration: The mediation role of career adaptability. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 89, 39-45. 
  • Yang, W., Guan, Y.*, She, Z., Lai, X., & Lockwood, A. (2015). Career adaptability and overqualification: Examining a dual-path model among Chinese human resource professionals. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 90, 154-162. 
  • Cai, Z., Guan, Y.*, Li, H., Shi, W., Guo, K., Liu, Y., Li, Q., Han, X., Jiang, P., Fang, Z., & Hua, H. (2015). Self-esteem and proactive personality as predictors of future work self and career adaptability: An examination of mediating and moderating processes. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 86, 86-94. 
  • Guan, Y., Chen, S. X., Levin, N., Bond, M., Luo, N., Xu, J., Zhou, X., Chen, P., Li, C., Fu, R., Zhang, J., Ji, Y., Mo, Z., Li, Y., Fang, Z., Jiang, D., & Han, X. (2015). Differences in career decision-making profiles between american and chinese university students: The relative strength of mediating mechanisms across cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46, 856-872. 
  • Tian, L., Guan, Y.*, Chen, S. X., Levin, N., Cai, Z., Chen, P., Zhu, C., Fu, R., Wang, Y., & Zhang, S. (2014). Predictive validity of career decision-making profiles over time among Chinese college students. Journal of Career Development, 41, 282-300. 
  • Guan, Y., Guo, Y., Bond, M. H., Cai, Z., Zhou, X., Xu, J., Zhu, F., Wang, Z., Fu, R., Liu, S., Wang, Y., Hu, T., & Ye, L. (2014). New job market entrants’ future work self, career adaptability and job search outcomes: Examining mediating and moderating models. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 85, 136-145. 
  • Guan, Y., Wen, Y., Chen, S. X., Liu, H., Si, W., Liu, Y., Wang, Y., Fu, R., Zhang, Y., & Dong, Z. (2014). When do salary and job level predict career satisfaction and turnover intention among Chinese managers? The role of perceived organizational career management and career anchor. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 23, 596-607. 
  • Guo, Y., Guan, Y.*, Yang, X., Xu, J., Zhou, X., She, Z., Jiang, P., Wang, Y., Pan, J., Deng, Y., Pan, Z., & Fu, M. (2014). Career adaptability, calling and the professional competence of social work students in China: A career construction perspective. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 85, 394-402. 
  • Guan, Y., Deng, H., Sun, J., Wang, Y., Cai, Z., Ye, L., Fu, R., Wang, Y., Zhang, S., & Li, Y. (2013). Career adaptability, job search self-efficacy and outcomes: A three-wave investigation among Chinese University Graduates. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 83, 261-270. 
  • Guan, Y., Wang, Z., Zhou, W., Liu, Y., Yue, Y., Zhang, Y., Liu, H, & Liu, H. (2013). Career locus of control and career success among Chinese employees: A multi-dimensional approach. Journal of Career Assessment, 21, 295-310. 
  • Zhou, W. X., Sun, J., Guan Y.*, Li, Y., & Pan, J. (2013). Criteria of career success among Chinese employees: Developing a multi-dimensional scale with qualitative and quantitative approaches. Journal of Career Assessment, 21, 265-277. 
  • Guan, Y., Deng, H., Risavy, S. D., Bond, M. H., & Li, F. (2011). Supplementary fit, complementary fit and work-related attitudes: The role of self-construal. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 60, 286-310. 
  • Deng, H., Guan, Y.*, Bond, M. H., Zhang, Z, & Hu, T. (2011). The interplay between social cynicism beliefs and person-organization fit on work-related attitudes among Chinese employees. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 160-178. 
  • Guan, Y., Deng, H., Bond, M. H., Chen, S. X., & Chan, C. C. (2010). Person-job fit and work-related attitudes among Chinese employees: Need for cognitive closure as moderator. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 32, 251-260. 
  • Liu, L., Bond, M. H., Guan, Y.*, Cai, Z., Sun, J., Yu, Q., Fu, R., & Wang, Z. (2015). Parents’ music training motivation and children’s music learning achievement: An investigation in Chinese context. Psychology of Music, 43, 661-674. 
  • Guan, Y., Verkuyten, M., Fung, H., Bond, M. H., Chan, C. C., & Chen, S. X. (2011). Outgroup value incongruence and intergroup attitude: The roles of common identity and multiculturalism. International Journal of Inter-cultural Relations, 35, 377-385. 
  • Guan, Y., Deng, H., & Bond, M. H. (2010). Examining the stereotype content model in a Chinese context: Intergroup structural relations and Mainland Chinese stereotypes towards Hong Kong Chinese. International Journal of Inter-cultural Relations, 34, 393-399. 
  • Guan, Y., Bond, M. H., Zhang, Z., Huang, Z., Hu, T., & Gao, H. (2009). The role of personal endorsement of out-group members' distinctive values and need for cognitive closure in attitude towards the out-group. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 12, 54-62. 
  • Xu, Y., Liu, S., Li, R., Guan, Y., & Zhou, W. (2021). Self-consistency and self-determination perspectives of career value changes: A cross-lagged panel study among Chinese university students. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 103584.

  • Buchtel, E. E., & Ma, P. P. L., & Guan, Y. (2019). Assessing the similarity of injunctive norm profiles across different social roles: The effect of closeness and status in the United States and China. Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology, 50, 1140-1160.  
  • Zhu, F., Cai, Z., Buchtel, E., & Guan, Y. (2019). Career construction in social exchange: A dual-path model linking career adaptability to turnover intention. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 112, 282-293. 
  • Pan, J., Guan. Y., Wu, J., Han, L., Zhu, F., Fu, X., & Yu, J. (2018). The interplay of proactive personality and internship quality in Chinese university graduates' job search success: The role of career adaptability. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 109, 14-26. Doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2018.09.003
  • Chen, S. X., Jacky C. K. N., Buchtel, E. E., Guan, Y., Deng, H., & Bond, M. H. (2017).  The added value of worldviews over self-views: Predicting modest behaviour in Eastern and Western cultures. British Journal of Social Psychology, 56, 723-749. Doi: 10.1111/bjso.12196/full
  • Chen, S.X., Hui, C., Ng, J., & Guan, Y. (2019). How long can cultural events elevate group identity salience? The mediating role of affective adaptation. Self and Identity, 18, 126-143. 
  • Zhang, R., Noels, K.A., Guan, Y., & Weng, L. (2017). Making sense of positive self-evaluations in China: The role of sociocultural change. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 36-52.
  • Hornsey, M. J. et al., Guan, Y. et al. (2017). Conservatives are more reluctant to give and receive apologies than liberals.. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 
  • Takemura, K., Hamamura, T., Guan, Y., & Suzuki, S. (2016). Contextual effect of wealth on independence: an examination through regional differences in China. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 384. 
  • Zhang, X., Xing, C., Guan, Y., Song, X., Melloy, R., Wang, F., & Jin, X. (2016). Attitudes toward older adults: A matter of cultural values or personal values? Psychology and Aging, 31, 89-100. 
  • Willner, T., Gati, I, & Guan, Y. (2015). Career decision-making profiles and career decision-making difficulties: A cross-cultural comparison among US, Israeli, and Chinese samples. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 88, 143-153. 
  • Roets, A., Soetens, B., Au, E., & Guan, Y. (2014). Personal choice: a blessing or a burden, or both? A cross-cultural investigation on need for closure effects in two western and two East-Asian societies. International Journal of Psychology, 49, 216-221. 
  • Ho, M. Y., Chen, S. X., Hoffman, E., Guan, Y., & Iversen, V. (2013). Cross-cultural comparisons of adults’ childhood recollections: How are peak-experiences described in China and Portugal? Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 185-197. 
  • Zhang, H., Chan, D. K. S., & Guan, Y. (2013). Plans are more helpful when one perseveres: The moderating role of persistence in the relationship between implementation intentions and goal progress. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 231-240. 
  • Mottus, R., et al., Guan, Y., et al. (2012). The effect of response style on self-reported conscientiousness across 20 countries. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1423-1436. 
  • Bain, P., Vaes, J., Haslam, N., Kashima, Y., & Guan, Y. (2012). Folk psychologies of humanness: Beliefs about distinctive and core human characteristics in three countries. Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology, 43, 53-58. 
  • Roets, A., Schwartz, B., & Guan, Y. (2012). The tyranny of choice: a cross-cultural investigation of maximizing-satisficing effects on well-being. Judgment and Decision Making, 7, 689–704. 
  • Chen, S. X., Guan, Y., & Hui, C. M. (2012). Responding to news about a natural disaster: The interplay of group identification and social cynicism in perceived prototypicality. International Journal of Inter-cultural Relations, 36, 586-597. 
  • Mottus, R., et al., Guan, Y., et al. (2012). Comparability of self-reported conscientiousness across 21countries. European Journal of Personality, 26, 303-317. 
  • Ji, L., Zhang, Z., Usborne, E., & Guan, Y. (2004). Optimism across cultures: In response to the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 7, 25-34.