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Elaine Wong Invited to Give Keynote Presentation at Citizens University Committee Meeting

(May 23, 2014)

Elaine Wong, Assistant Professor of Management at the UCR School of Business Administration (SoBA) has been invited to speak to the Citizens University Committee (CUC) on Wednesday (May 28th). Her presentation titled “Corporate Citizen or Corporate Con Job?” will focus on understanding the influence of corporate social responsibility on corporate social irresponsibility.

Dr. Yunzeng Wang, Dean of the UCR School of Business Administration, also will speak at the meeting to give an update on the school’s activities.

The emphasis of Wong’s presentation will shed light on the concept that less information is available about corporate social irresponsibility. Wong will present the findings of a study on Fortune 500 firms in which she finds that firms that engaged in prior socially responsible behavior are more likely to then engage in socially irresponsible behavior and that this tendency is stronger in firms with CEOs who attempt to put forth a moral image.

Wong received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and was a faculty member at Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before joining UCR. Her research focuses on organizational behavior, specifically leadership and group dynamics. She examines how leaders motivate and encourage others to achieve superior performance. Her current research focuses on the leaders’ observable and demographic characteristics (e.g., physical features, educational background), team decision-making dynamics (e.g., decentralized vs. centralized decision making) and firm outcomes including financial performance and corporate social performance. Wong’s research has been published in numerous journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, and featured by ABC News, CBS News, The Economist, Forbes, Scientific American, Time, and the Wall Street Journal.

The CUC, whose objective is to assist UCR in development and community relations, meets monthly during the academic year and gives campus and community related updates during their meetings. These meetings are generally anchored by a UCR faculty or staff keynote presentation and are attended primarily by business and civic leaders.

The program will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the UCR Alumni & Visitor Center, located at 3701 Canyon Crest Drive. For more information about the Citizens University Committee, please visit  

News Contact:

Jason Pommier
Contributing Writer


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