Yu Tse Heng

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Assistant Professor of Commerce

University of Virginia

Yu Tse Heng is an incoming Assistant Professor of Commerce at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce (starting July 2022). She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.


Her research program uncovers ways in which we can humanize the workplace by acknowledging, appreciating, and wherever possible, harnessing employees' full humanity. Specifically, her work explores (a) the role of self- and other-compassion in alleviating suffering at work, (b) the grief-work interface, and (c) dimensions of employees' personal lives that are ignored in the workplace.


Yu Tse won the Academy of Management HR Division/SHRM Foundation Dissertation Grant Award (2021) and 2nd place in the Organization Science/INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition (2020) for her dissertation work on how bereaved employees negotiate work after losing a loved one. Her other research has been published in, or is undergoing revision at, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Yu Tse's popular press writing has been published in Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business Publishing (Education). Her work has also been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, and CNBC Make It.