Prof. Madeline ONG

Prof. Madeline ONG

Assistant Professor

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, Business Administration (Management & Organizations)
  • BBM Singapore Management University, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, Psychology


  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Department of Management, Assistant Professor, July 2018 - present.

  • Singapore Management University, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, 2017 – 2018

  • INSEAD, Singapore, Global Leadership Centre, Visiting Scholar, 2015 – 2016


Refereed Journal Publications (Chronological, alphabetical)

  • Mayer, D. M., Ong, M., Sonenshein, S., & Ashford, S. J. 2019. The money or the morals? When moral language is more effective for selling social issues. Journal of Applied Psychology, 104: 1058-1076. (Download here)

  • Lee, J. J., Ong, M., Parmar, B, & Amit, E. 2019. Lay theories of effortful honesty: Does the honesty- effort association justify making a dishonest decision? Journal of Applied Psychology, 104: 659-677.(Download here)

  • Ong, M., Mayer, D. M., Tost, L. P., & Wellman, N. 2018. When corporate social responsibility motivates employee citizenship behavior: The sensitizing role of task significance. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 144: 44-59. (Download here)

  • Bauman, C. W., Tost, L. P., & Ong, M. 2016. Blame the shepherd not the sheep: Imitating higher-ranking transgressors mitigates punishment for unethical behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 137: 123-141. (Download here)

  • Wellman, N., Mayer, D. M., Ong, M., & DeRue, D. S. 2016. When are do-gooders treated badly? Legitimate power, role expectations and reactions to moral objection in organizations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101: 793-814. (Download here)

Book Chapters

  • Anseel, F., & Ong, M. 2020. Reflection: Behavioral strategies to structure and accelerate learning from experience. In Harvey, V. S., & De Meuse, K. (Eds.). The Age of Agility: Building Learning Agile Leaders and Organizations. SIOP Professional Practice Series. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

  • Ashford, S. J., Ong, M., & Keeves, G. 2017. The role of issue-selling in effective strategy- making. In Floyd, S.W., & Wooldridge, B. (Eds.). Handbook of Middle Management Strategy Process Research. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Ong, M., & Ashford, S. J. 2016. Issue-selling: Proactive efforts toward organizational change. In Parker, S. K., & Bindl, U. K. (Eds.). Proactivity at Work. London, UK: Routledge.


  • Business ethics

  • Leadership

  • Learning and development


  • Research Grant Council Early Career Scheme, Hong Kong Government, (2019 - 2021: HK$698,000)

  • UROP Faculty Support Grant, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2019, HK$22,907)

  • The HEAD Foundation Research Grant (2017-2018, SGD$50,000)


  • 2019. Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, HKUST

  • 2018. Dean’s Teaching Honor List, Top 20 Faculty Members, Singapore Management University

  • 2018. Likert Dissertation Prize, ICOS, University of Michigan

  • 2015. Best Symposium Award (OB Division), Academy of Management

  • 2015. Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management OB Division

  • 2013. Best Paper Award, Ivey Business School and Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), PhD Sustainability Academy

  • 2013. Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide at Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, Excellence in Ethics Conference Scholarship