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Lynn Imai

Assistant Professor (part-time), Organizational Behaviour

Contact Information


  • Cross-Cultural Negotiation
  • Cultural Intelligence
  • Teams
  • Biculturalism
  • Cross-Cultural Management & Psychology
  • Motivation
  • Ethics
  • Multiculturalism

Lynn Imai is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Ivey Business School. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Hon. BSc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Professor Imai’s expertise focuses on societal cultures and their impact on human behaviours in a variety of workplace contexts including negotiations, conflict management, teams, motivation & performance management, and ethics. She has assessed, developed, and coached more than a 1000 students on their leadership skills, with emphasis on developing self-awareness and honing and sharpening their cultural intelligence for superior business performance. At Ivey, Professor Imai has taught in the undergraduate Honours Business Administration (HBA), Master of Science (International Business and Analytics streams), CEMS Master of International Management (MIM), and PhD programs. Particularly in the MSc program, she has taken a leadership role in designing and executing the Ivey Global Lab, a 10-week practicum that sends students to developing economies (India, Nicaragua, Vietnam) to gain immediate emerging market consulting experience for top management clients, for which she has received national press coverage. Her research has appeared in top-tier academic journals and various media outlets including Forbes Magazine, Fast Company (Co. Design), The Globe and Mail, Psychology Today, as well as various reports published by Harvard Law School. Professor Imai was raised in Japan, US, Canada, and Belgium, and is bilingual in English and Japanese.


  • PhD Group Behaviour (Core)
  • MSc / CEMS MIM Ivey Global Lab (Core)
  • MSc / CEMS MIM Global Management Practices (Core)
  • HBA2 Cross-Cultural Management (Elective)
  • HBA2 Peru Study Trip (Elective)
  • HBA1 Leading People in Organizations (Core)

Programs Taught

  • HBA
  • MSc
  • PhD


  • Ph.D. (Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, University of Maryland)
  • M.A. (Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, University of Maryland)
  • Hon. BSc. (Psychology Research Specialization, University of Toronto)

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Shteynberg, G.; Gelfand, M. J.; Imai, L.; Mayer, D. M.; Bell, C., 2017, "Prosocial Thinkers and The Social Transmission of Justice", European Journal of Social Psychology, June 47(4): 429 - 442.
  • Shan, W.; Keller, J.; Imai, L., 2016, "What’s a masculine negotiator? What’s a feminine negotiator? It depends on the cultural and situational contexts", Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, February 9(1): 22 - 43.
  • Gelfand, M. J.; Brett, J. M.; Gunia, B. C.; Imai, L.; Huang, T. J.; Hsu, B. F., 2013, "Toward a Culture-by-Context Perspective on Negotiation: Negotiating Teams in the United States and Taiwan", Journal of Applied Psychology, June 98(3): 504 - 513.
  • Imai, L.; Gelfand, M. J., 2010, "The Culturally Intelligent Negotiator: The Impact of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) on Negotiation Sequences and Outcomes", Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, July 112(2): 83 - 98.

For more publications please see our Research Database

Honours & Awards

  • University Student Council Honour Roll, Excellence in Teaching in Business, Western University, 2017
  • Most Cited Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes Articles Since 2009/2010
  • ScienceDirect's Top 25 Hottest Articles in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Ten Advances in Psychological Science in 2010, Psychology Today
  • Two-Time Eric Jackman Scholar in Psychology, University of Toronto (2002, 2003)


  • Visiting Adjunct Term Lecturer, Smith School of Business, Queens University (Kingston, ON) – Global Virtual Teams
  • Executive Leadership Development & Education, Centre for Creative Leadership (Greensboro, NC)
  • Course Instructor/Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland (College Park, MD) - Statistics, Research Methods, Negotiation, Psychology