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Ms Wenjin Dai

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Leadership
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
  • wenjin.dai

Professional biography

Wenjin is a Lecturer in the Department of Public Leadership & Social Enterprise at The Open University Business School. She joined OU in July 2018, before that she worked as a Senior Lecturer in University of Portsmouth. Her research background is in the areas of Organisation Studies, Leadership, and Corporate Sustainability. She graduated with a PhD from the Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter, and an MSc in Marketing from the University of Birmingham. Before moving to the UK, she worked as a managing consultant in Shanghai, China, gaining consultancy and cross-cultural management experience in the process. 


Research interests

Wenjin's research interest includes cultural understandings of Leadership, Corporate Sustainability, and the dynamics of translation and communicative processes. She is also interested in exploring materiality and the Daoist representations of organising. She is particularly into ethnography and visual methods.


Teaching interests

Wenjin is interested in experiential learning through arts based methods. Currently she is chairing Module B325 'Managing across organisational and cultural boundaries', and co-chairing an MBA final year module B839 'Making a difference: the management initiative'. She is also part of the module team for BBXY857 'Leadership in practice'.




A discursive analysis of the in situ construction of (Japanese) leadership and leader identity in a research interview. Implications for leadership research (2019)
Clifton, Jonathan and Dai, Wenjin
Leadership ((Early Access))
Responding to Complex Global Challenges: A simple matter of education? (2012-01)
Dai, Wenjin; Gilani, Parisa; Rook, Caroline and Oyon, Eva
Business Leadership Review, 9(1)
A Daoist epistemology for understanding an alternative origin of organizing (2018-06-29)
Dai, Wenjin
In: Peltonen, Tuomo; Gaggiotti, Hugo and Case, Peter eds. Origins of Organizing (pp. 114-128)
ISBN : 9781785368745 | Publisher : Edward Elgar | Published : Cheltenham, UK
Leadership and Leader Development (2016-04-15)
Dai, Wenjin and Tymon, Alex
In: Rees, Gary and French, Ray eds. Leading, managing and developing people (pp. 77-99)
ISBN : 9781843984122 | Publisher : CIPD - Kogan Page | Published : London
The Aesthetics of Virtue: Exploring Chinese Thinking through Traditional Chinese Paintings (2018)
Dai, Wenjin and Hennig, Alicia
In : Philosophy of Management Conference (27 Jun 2018, University of Greenwich)
Understanding leadership from HuangLao Daoism: the action of non-action way of leading (2017)
Dai, Wenjin
In : 33rd EGOS Colloquium (Jul 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark)
When the East meet the West: the eclipse or convergence in organization theory (2016)
Dai, Wenjin
In : 32nd EGOS Colloquium (7 Jul 2016, Naples, Italy)
Translating corporate sustainability: the inclusive but empty vessel (2015)
Dai, Wenjin
In : 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (Aug 2015, Vancouver, Canada)
A story about translating: home and indigenous research (2015)
Dai, Wenjin; Gosling, Jonathon and Pye, Annie
In : SCOS 2015: 33rd Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (Jul 2015, Nottingham Trent University)