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Kai Chi (Sam) Yam, PhD

Associate Professor and Dean's Chair

Head, Department of Management and Organization

Assistant Dean (Faculty Development)

National University of Singapore 


Dr. Kai Chi (Sam) Yam is an Associate Professor of Management and Dean's Chair at the National University of Singapore Business School, where he also serves as Assistant Dean of Faculty Development and Head of Department. Sam received his PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Washington. 

Sam’s research focuses primarily on behavioral ethics, leadership, humor, and the future of work. He has published over 50 papers in premier management and psychology journals. His work has received multiple Best Paper Awards and has been featured extensively both locally within Asia (e.g., South China Morning Post, The Straits Times) and internationally (e.g., The Huffington Post, The Times, Harvard Business Review).


Sam was named by Poets and Quants as one of the Best 40 under 40 Business Professors in the world in 2016. In 2022, he won three early career awards: the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, the Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award (Science) from Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Early Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Management.