Liao, Leo Huiyao(廖輝堯)

BBA (Renmin University of China); MS (Shanghai Jiao Tong University); PhD (University of Iowa)

Assistant Professor


Department of Management

Room 807, 8/F
Cheng Yu Tung Building
12 Chak Cheung Street
Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

+852 3943 7789


Prof. Huiyao (Leo) Liao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School. He received his PhD degree from the University of Iowa. His research focuses on family motivation/prosocial motivation, workplace relationships, teams and leadership, and social network analysis. His research has been published in leading management and psychology journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Psychological Bulletin, Personnel Psychology, Human Resource Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Teaching Areas

Organisational Behaviour
Human Resource Management

Research Interests

Family/Prosocial Motivation
Social Network Analysis
Leadership and Teams
Interpersonal Relationships

  • Grants
    • “Prosocial motives are not created equal: How different prosocial motives are perceived and rewarded (or punished) differently”, awarded by Hong Kong Research Grants Council (General Research Fund) with HK$511,702, 2024-2026 (Principal Investigator)
    • “An economic-symbolic dual-meaning model of family motivation”, awarded by Hong Kong Research Grants Council (Early Career Scheme) with HK$450,000, 2022-2024 (Principal Investigator)
    • “Does the leader know what is happening?”, awarded by Kwok Leung Memorial Dissertation Fund with CNY10,000 (HKD8,000), IACMR, 2020
  • Awards & Honours
    • Best International Paper, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2019
  • Academic/Professional Services

    Editorial Board Member

    • Journal of Vocational Behavior, 2022-Present
    • Management and Organizational Review, 2022-Present
    • Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2022-Present