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.
Dr. Trinh's current research projects seek to answer three research questions:
Dr. Trinh uses agent-based modeling, interviews, and quantitative research methods such as survey and experiential sampling method to inform her research questions.
Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations
Chaired Symposia, Professional Development Workshops, and Caucus
Academy of Management (AOM); Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup); Experiential Learning Community of Practice (ELCOP)