Dejun Tony Kong – Rising Star (An Inside Bauer Story)

Rising Star

Management Assistant Professor Couples Global
Mindset with Passion for Business Psychology

By Wendell Brock

Dejun Tony Kong is a person of seemingly limitless curiosity and energy who has followed his passions with intellectual rigor — first as a kid in his native Shanghai, where he sang in a top children’s chorus and dreamed of a career as a professional singer; later as an intern at Fortune magazine in New York, where he became fascinated with business research and made a life-changing decision to join academia; and now as a Bauer College assistant professor of management, where he is an ardent researcher and teacher.

At 31, Kong seems to have packed several lifetimes of experiences into his journey so far.

He arrived at Bauer in 2015, after earning his Ph.D. in business administration at Washington University in St. Louis and teaching for three years at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Along the way, he has published more than 20 articles in various management and psychology journals, and many book chapters. His book — Leading through Conflict: Into the Fray, co-edited with Donelson R. Forsyth, a professor of leadership studies at the University of Richmond — was published in January by Palgrave Macmillan and has garnered praise from scholars around the globe.

Read the rest of the story in the latest issue of Inside Bauer Magazine.

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