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Mai Trinh

Biography

Mai P. Trinh joined Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor in the Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies faculty group in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts in August 2016. She is a faculty affiliate in the Center for Smart Cities and Regions, the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment, and the Early Career Scholars of Teaching and Learning initiative at ASU.

Trinh studies how to effectively lead complex social systems that are composed of highly interdependent heterogeneous agents such as leaders, group members, and their operating environments in uncertain and changing contexts. She draws on research from organization science, complex system science, education, philosophy and sociology and uses multiple research methods such as surveys, interviews and computational simulation in order to identify novel pathways for leaders to optimize their influence within both traditional and emerging organizations.

Practically and pedagogically, Trinh uses Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory as well as executive and peer coaching to help leaders develop absorptive, adaptive, and generative capacities to be more effective in a changing world. She focuses on key competencies such as learning identity, teamwork, appreciation of diversity, humility, and flexibility.

Overall, her work highlights the multiple possibilities of effective leadership and emphasizes that one’s leadership portfolio is dependent on individual strengths, weaknesses, as well as their fit with external environments. Her scholarship helps people realize and enact their leadership portfolio and equips them with the skills to be able to navigate complexity, anticipate uncertainty and adapt to changes in their local organizations and communities. 

Trinh earned her doctorate in organizational behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in 2016. 

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Education
  • Ph.D. Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 2016
  • B.A. Management and Chinese Studies ( Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa), Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH 2009

              

Videos
Virtue ethics: An integration of Eastern and Western perspectives through the lens of complexity theory. Recorded lecture for the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Arizona State University.
Research Interests

Dr. Trinh's current research projects seek to answer three research questions:

  1. How do team members' affective interactions shape emergent states such as team cohesion and conflict?
  2. How does the conceptualization of leadership as a complex adaptive system challenge current leadership research, specifically in the areas of Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) and leadership effectiveness over time?
  3. How does cultivation of humility and learning identity benefit knowledge experts and organizational leaders across cultures?

Dr. Trinh uses agent-based modeling, interviews, and quantitative research methods such as survey and experiential sampling method to inform her research questions.  

Research Group
  • Center for Policy Informatics
  • Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics
  • Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment
  • Institute for the Science of Teaching & Learning, Early Career Scholars of Teaching and Learning 
Publications
  • ​​Trinh, M. P. (2016). Which matters more? Effects of surface- and deep-level diversity on team processes and performance. In J. Prescott (Ed.), Handbook of research on race, gender, and the fight for equality, pp. 213-239. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Trinh, M. P., & Kolb, D. A. (2015). Learning styles across cultures. In (J. M. Bennett, Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence, pp. 592-596. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2015). When demographic and personality diversity are both at play: Effects on team performance and implications for diversity management practices. In C. Hughes (Ed.), Impact of diversity on organizational and career development, pp. 54-79. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Trinh, M. P., & Kolb, D. A. (2012). Eastern Experiential Learning: Eastern principles for learning wholeness. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 27(4), 29–43.
Research Activity

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

  • Trinh, M. P. (2017, September). Engaging students using peer coaching activities in online undergraduate leadership development. Workshop to be presented at the 9th Annual Quality Matters Connect Conference, Fort Worth, TX.
  • Trinh, M. P.  (2017, August). Effect of peer coaching on student learning outcomes in online leadership education. In A. M. Passarelli & A. M. Varley (chairs), High-tech or high-touch? Developmental relationships in the digital age. Symposium* to be conducted at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA. * Management Education and Development Division Showcase Symposium
  • Passarelli, A. M., Van Oosten, E. B., Varley, A. M., & Trinh, M. P.  (2017, August). Effect of delivery modality on coaching effectiveness. In A. M. Passarelli & A. M. Varley (chairs), High-tech or high-touch? Developmental relationships in the digital age. Symposium* to be conducted at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA. * Management Education and Development Division Showcase Symposium
  • Bao, L. & Trinh, M. P.  (2017, August). A dynamic model of intragroup conflict. In L. Bao & M. P. Trinh (chairs), Application of computational simulation in organizational research. Symposium to be conducted at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2017, June). Who am I? Developing self-awareness through still life exercise. Workshop to be presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Experiential Learning Community of Practice, Cleveland, OH.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2017, March). Catching your dreams: Finding your voice through the discoveries of dreams and commitments. Workshop to be presented at the 3rd Annual Fresh Start Women’s Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Trinh, M. P. & Coen, C. A. (2016, August). Group cohesion emerges from dyadic affective exchanges: A dynamic agent-based model. In A. D. Schantz & J. M. Woods (chairs), Affective convergence in teams. Symposium conducted at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA.
  • Trinh, M. P. & Le, D. V. (2016, June). Elevating educator awareness through mindful meditation: An experiential workshop. Workshop presented at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Experiential Learning Community of Practice, Cleveland, OH.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2016, February). Developing a learning identity to enhance cross cultural competence. Poster presented at the 2016 Cross Cultural Management Summit, Melbourne, FL.
  • Trinh, M. P., & Bao, L. (2015, July). A dynamic model of intragroup conflict. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Coen, C. A. & Trinh, M. P. (2015, April). Dynamics of cooperation across team structures. In J. A. Grand (chair), Modeling and simulation in I/O psychology: A world of opportunity. Symposium conducted at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2014, August). "Let's work it through together": How group social cohesion emerges from critical incidents. Paper presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Coen, C. A. & Trinh, M. P. (2014, August). Aspirations in the prisoner’s dilemma: A computational simulation of performance adaptation. In J. P. Stephens & S. K. Baard (chairs), Adapting across levels: Empirical advancements in performance adaptation theory. Symposium conducted at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2014, July). Working through disclosures: Case study of group social cohesion’s emergence in T-groups. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, Raleigh, NC.
  • Coen, C. A. & Trinh, M. P. (2013, June). Aspiration in the single team vs. intergroup prisoner’s dilemma. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the International Association for Conflict Management, Tacoma, WA.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2012, August). Towards an integration of East and West: Practice theory and Yin-Yang. In M. P. Trinh & R. Martyn (chairs), Yin-Yang research: Where do we go from here? Symposium conducted at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2012, July). “I apologize, but not for your sake”: Shaping group cohesion by working through disclosures and dis-closures. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, Chicago, IL.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2011, August). An Eastern critique of Kolb’s Experiential learning theory. Paper presented at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX.
  • Coen, C. A. & Trinh, M. P. (2011, July). It is important to have someone on your side: Choosing preferred partners. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2009, April). Overall combined effects of demographic and psychological diversity on team processes and performance. Paper presented at the Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research, La Crosse, WI.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2009, April). Heresy 邪魔外道and otherism in The Heaven Sword and the Dragon Sabre 倚天屠龍記. Paper presented at the Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research, La Crosse, WI.

Invited Presentations

  • Trinh, M. P. & Castillo, E. A. (2017, February). Withstanding the test of time: Development, maintenance, and decline of Leader-Member Exchange relationships. Presentation at the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2017, February). Group social cohesion emerges from dyadic affective exchanges: A dynamic agent-based model. Presentation at the Simon. A. Levin Center’s Applied Math for the Life and Social Sciences Graduate Student Friday Seminars, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2017, January). Using peer coaching in online leadership development: Challenges and learning outcomes. Poster presented at the 2nd Learning Innovation Showcase, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2016, November). Group social cohesion emerges from dyadic affective exchanges: A dynamic agent-based model. Presentation at the Agent-Based Modeling club, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2016, September). Learning identity: Developing lifelong learners. Presentation at the Faculty of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies monthly Research Dojo, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2015, June). Becoming a learner: Developing a learning identity. Workshop conducted at the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Experiential Learning Community of Practice, Newbury, OH.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2013, October). Western logic and/or Eastern experience: Managing diversity, work, and life using a different lens. Keynote speech at Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH.
  • Agrawal, D., Coyle, P., Gangadharan, A., Grube, E., Mesdaghinia, S., Rhew, N., Singh, K., Trinh, M. P., Weisberg, M., & Wilborn, S. (2013, June). Disasters, distractions, and disinterest: Managing the classroom through the worst of times. Workshop conducted as part of the Doctoral Institute at the Annual Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Asheville, NC.
  • Trinh, M. P. (2012, June). Vietnam: Balancing Yin-Yang in the S. Paper presented at the Yin-Yang: A New Perspective on Culture Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.

Chaired Symposia, Professional Development Workshops, and Caucus

  • Bao, L. & Trinh, M. P.  (2017, August). Application of computational simulation in organizational research. Symposium to be conducted at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA.
  • Trinh, M. P. & Bao, L. (2015, August). Studying emergence in teams using multiple methods. Symposium conducted at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Trinh, M. P. & Lim, A. (2015, August). Talent management in Asia: What else is needed? Symposium conducted at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Wei, H., & Trinh, M. P. (2014, August). Can all emotions be regulated? A comprehensive examination from multiple perspectives. Symposium conducted at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Trinh, M. P. & Martyn, R. (2012, August). Yin-Yang research: Where do we go from here? Symposium conducted at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.
  • Van Oosten, E., Trinh, M. P., Passarelli, A. M. & Sharma, G. (2012, August). Learning about learning: Advances in the Kolb Learning Style Inventory (KLSI 4.0). Professional Development Workshop at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.
  • Trinh, M. P. & Case, S. S. (2012, August). Religious traditions, spirituality, and the researcher’s journey. Professional Development Workshop at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.
  • Trinh, M. P. & Schnackenberg, A. (2011, August). Operationalizing team-level constructs: What lies beyond aggregations? Symposium at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX.
  • Trinh, M. P. & Martinez, H. A. (2011, August). Is Eastern wisdom incompatible with Western scientific epistemology? Caucus at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX.
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 360Assessment of Leadership
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 360Assessment of Leadership
ISS 592Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 360Assessment of Leadership
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 360Assessment of Leadership
Honors / Awards
  • 2017 -- Faculty Fellowship (Co-PI), Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Arizona State University
  • 2015 -- Outstanding PhD Research Award, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2015 -- Don Wolfe Scholarship for Dissertation Research, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2013, 2014 -- Sherm Grinnell Scholarship for Research, Case Western Reserve University 
  • 2013 -- OBTC Doctoral Institute Scholarship
  • 2011, 2012 -- INGRoup Travel Grant
Professional Associations

Academy of Management (AOM); Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup); Experiential Learning Community of Practice (ELCOP)