• EMAIL:  lanwang@bu.edu
  • OFFICE: 632B
  • OFFICE HOURS: By Appointment
    Questrom School of Business
    Rafik B. Hariri Building
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215


Lan's research interests include careers, talent management, and workforce analytics. Her current study investigates the changing nature of careers and how the rise of digital revolution impacts individuals' work and life.  Methodologically, she uses longitudinal methods and big data to explore temporality in her research.

  • EDUCATION Open or Close

    Ph D, Boston University Questrom School of Business, Organizational Behavior, 2018.

    MS, Peking University, Guanghua School of Management, Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management, 2009.

    BA, Peking University, Human Resource Management, 2007.

  • PUBLICATIONSOpen or Close


      Wang, L., Han, J., Fisher, C., & Pan, Y. (2017). Learning to Share: Exploring Temporality in Shared Leadership and Team Learning. Small Group Research, 48 (2), 165-189.

      Wang, L., & Cotton, R. Beyond Moneyball to Social Capital Inside and Out: The Value of Differentiated Workforce Experience Ties to Performance. Human Resource Management.

      Waters, L., Briscoe, J., Hall, D. T., & Wang, L. (2014). Protean career attitudes during unemployment and reemployment: A longitudinal perspective. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84 (3), 405-419.


      Waters, L., Hall, D. T., Wang, L., & Briscoe, J. (2015). Protean career orientation: a review of existing and emerging research. In R J. Burke, C. L. Cooper & K. M. Page (Eds.), Flourishing in Life, Work, and Careers (pp 235-260). Northampton, Massachusetts/United States: Edward Elgar Publishing.

      Zhang, Z., Xiang, Y., Wang, J., & Wang, L. (2007). Job Security and the Immigration Decision of Rural-Urban Migrant Workers. In Ye J. Y. (Ed.), Economics of Development. United States: Peking University Press.

      Waters, L., White, M., Wang, L., & Murray, S. (2015). Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools. In White, M.& Murray, S (Eds.), Leading whole-school change. United States: Springer, Netherlands. Series Editor Ilona Boniwell.

      Wang, L., Hall, D. T., & Waters, L. (2014). In Finding Meaning during the Retirement Process: Identity Development in Later Career Years. New York: Oxford Handbook of Psychology Online. Online Publication Date: Oct 2014.. New York United States: Oxford University Press Online.


    Susilo Ph.D. Research Grant, Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy . (September 1, 2016 - September 1, 2017).

    PhD Student Research Grant, Boston University Questrom School of Business. (March 1, 2016 - February 1, 2017).


    Wang, L. Academy of Management, Career Division, Career Forum Newsletter, Associate Editor. (October 1, 2013 - June 1, 2016).

    Wang, L. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Arnon Reichers Best Student Paper Award Committee, Invited Manuscript Reviewer. (February 1, 2016 - April 30, 2016).

  • AWARDS AND HONORSOpen or Close

    Award for Outstanding Research by a Doctoral Student, Boston University, Questrom School of Business, Research. (5 17, 2017).

    The Michael Driver Best Applied Paper Award (with G.R. Zhu), Academy of Management, Career Division, Research. (8 5, 2017).

    The Arnon Reichers Best Student Paper Award, Academy of Management, Career Division, Research. (8 11, 2015).

    The Best Symposium Award (as an Author; Symposium chair were M. Gubler & G.R. Zhu; Discussant was H. Gunz), Academy of Management, Career Division, Research. (8 6, 2015).

    Best International Paper Award (with Liang N., & Han J.), Academy of Management, Career Division, Research. (8 6, 2012).