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Yao Yao

Yao, Yao
Assistant Professor
B.B.A (Renmin University of China), M.Sc. (with distinction) (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)), Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
DMS 6105
613-562-5800 x 8614
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Dr. Yao earned a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the University of Toronto and holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research seeks to understand changing workplaces as technological and institutional environments evolve. In particular, she is interested in the tensions between traditional workplace norms and characteristics of innovative work arrangements. Her current research program examines professional workers participating in online platform work, which received the Best Student Paper Award from the Canadian Industrial Relations Association and the UCIRHRP Best Paper Award. Prior to joining Telfer, Dr. Yao taught at Rotman School of Management, the University of Toronto. She also serves at the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Labour and Employment Relations Association.

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Yao, Y. 2022. One foot in the digital economy: Coping with Professional Identity Split. Journal of Professions and Organization, 9(3): 273–290.
  • Zhang, Q., Zheng, X., Yao, Y. and Dube, F. 2022. A Game of Reciprocity? The Effect of Leader-follower Moqi Congruence on Task Performance. Personnel Review, (In Press).
  • Yao, Y. and Gunderson, M. 2021. Do Local Union Strategies Explain the (Unexpected) Union Pay Premium in China? International Journal of Manpower, 42(6): 1124-1143.
  • Yao, Y. 2020. Uberizing the Legal Profession? Lawyer Autonomy and Status in the Digital Legal Market. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 58(3): 483-506.

Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

  • Yao, Y., Frangi, L., Delisle, S. and Dubé, D. 2023. "Bonding in Isolation: Worker Collectives in the Digital Space".
  • Yao, Y., Frangi, L., Delisle, S. and Dubé, D. 2023. "Bonding in Isolation: Worker Collectives in the Digital Space", January,

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2022-2023 SSHRC - Knowledge Synthesis Grant Bonding in Isolation: Worker Collectives in the Digital Space R C PI $ 29,989
2021-2023 Telfer School of Management Research Grants (SMRG) A blessing or a curse? Impacts of digital technologies on the legitimacy of the HRM profession R I PI $ 15,000
2021-2023 SSHRC Insight Development Grant Digital transformation of professional work: Lawyers’ readiness and professional socialization in digital platform-based legal services R C PI $ 68,543
2019-2023 SSHRC Insight Grant Labour Market and Workplace Issues in China R C Collaborator $ 76,136
2019-2020 Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto - Rotman China Research Grant Uberizing the legal profession: Structural Consequences of Lawyers’ Participation in the Gig Economy R O PI $ 5,000


C: Contract (R and D) | E: Equipment Grant | R: Research Grant | S: Support Award | P: Pedagogical Grant | O: Other, U: Unknown

C: Granting Councils | G: Government | F: Foundations | I: UO Internal Funding | O: Other | U: Unknown

PI = Principal Investigator | Co-I = Co-Investigator | Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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