Dr Olwen BEDFORD
Dr. Olwen Bedford has a Ph.D. in sociocultural psychology, and an MBA emphasizing Chinese business management and public relations.
Her academic expertise is in organizational management and qualitative research methods. She also has over a decade of professional experience working in Asia with international organizations, NGOs, and governments.
The majority of her research focuses on how people build relationships to get things done in the workplace in Chinese societies. Key concepts she investigates include guanxi (particularistic dyadic ties), trust, mianzi (face), and ethics in the context of Confucian workplace relations, practices, and values.
Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Career Development; Gender, Work, and Organization; and Frontiers in Psychology. Olwen is a problem solver and a team player.
She prides herself on the questions she asks and her ability to juggle flaming torches.
She occasionally finds it amusing to write one-paragraph bios about herself in the third person.
guanxi (particularistic dyadic ties), trust, mianzi (face), and ethics in the context of Confucian workplace relations, practices, and values.
Guanxi and trust development in the workplace
Filial piety as a contextualized personality construct
Relational orientation as a cultural indicator