Dr. Thomas Li-Ping Tang

Professor

Dr. Thomas Li-Ping Tang
615-898-2005
Room N136, Business & Aerospace Building (BAS)
MTSU Box 516, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Global Expertise

Countries and/or Territories of Expertise

  • Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia
  • Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico
  • Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia
  • Singapore, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland
  • Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam, the USA, and Zimbabwe

Languages Spoken

  • Chinese
  • English

Areas of Global Specialization

  • Cross-cultural research, measurement invariance, global comparisons

Degree Information

  • PHD, Case Western Reserve University (1981)
  • MA, Case Western Reserve University (1977)
  • BS, Chung Yuan Christian University (1971)

Areas of Expertise

Teaching: Compensation, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, International Business,

Research: The Meaning of Money, the Love of Money, Monetary Wisdom/Intelligence, Cross-cultural research. Scholars have substantiated the relationship between the love of money and various positive and negative outcomes--Monetary Wisdom in more than 50 countries across 6 continents. 

 

Biography

Professor Tang is an internationally recognized researcher, scholar, educator, and motivational speaker. He has won numerous awards and honors,

  • E. W. "Wink" Midgett Distinguished Research Award (2021),
  • Outstanding Career Achievement Award (2008),
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of Jennings A. Jones College of Business (2008),
  • Outstanding Research Award (Management, 1999),
  • Distinguished International Service Award (1999), and
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Professor Tang is an internationally recognized researcher, scholar, educator, and motivational speaker. He has won numerous awards and honors,

  • E. W. "Wink" Midgett Distinguished Research Award (2021),
  • Outstanding Career Achievement Award (2008),
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of Jennings A. Jones College of Business (2008),
  • Outstanding Research Award (Management, 1999),
  • Distinguished International Service Award (1999), and
  • Outstanding Research Award (Psychology, 1991) at MTSU.

He has published over 200 research articles, abstracts, and chapters in six (6) languages. He serves (has served)

  • On the editorial review board of 14 journals,
  • As an Associate Editor (AE) for Applied Psychology: An International Review, European Journal of Information Systems (Guest AE), and
  • As an ad hoc reviewer for more than 80 journals worldwide.

He received the Best Reviewer Awards from the International Management Division (IMD) and the Social Issues in Management Division (SIM) of the Academy of Management.  

He is best known for his research on the love of money, monetary wisdom, and business ethics. Overall, 32 of his articles appear on the FT-50 list.

Scholars have cited his research in more than 124 textbooks in 12 fields, including Compensation, HRM, Management, OB, and Psychology of Money. 

He was elected as Fellow, Economic Psychology, IAAP, the International Association of Applied Psychology, in 2014. 

Member of Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, International Association of Applied Psychology, International Association for Chinese Management Research,

Among four business ethics journals, Dr. Tang was ranked 8th in the world for his research published in the field of business ethics (1960-2015) (Köseoglu et al. (2018). 

Prof. Tang was ranked the 2nd most published author in the Journal of Business Ethics (JBE) since 2018 (with 29 articles). JBE is on the FT-50 (Financial Time's top 50 Business Journal List). 

Researchers have substantiated his love of money and related constructs in 45 countries across six continents. 

MTSU was ranked 93rd globally and 40th in the USA in Business Ethics literature, based on Google citations (Chan et al., 2016).

  • Chan, K. C., Fung, A., Fung, H. G., & Yau, J.  (2016). A citation analysis of business ethics research: A global perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 136, 557-573.
  • Köseoglu, M. A., Yildiz, M., & Ciftci, T. (2018). Authorship trends and collaboration patterns in business ethics literature. Business Ethics: A European Review, 27, 164-177. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/beer.12177     

Web of Science citations, https://publons.com/researcher/3366394/dr-thomas-l-tang/. Citation counts  = 3,613; H-Index = 31; updated on March 11, 2022

Scopus:  http://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=24559503500 ; Citations = 4,216

Google Scholoar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=JlRkSykAAAAJ&view_op=list_works ; Citation = 14,109

 

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Publications

  • Tang, T. L. P., & Baumeister, R. F. 1984. Effects of personal values, perceived surveillance, and task labels on task preference:  The ideology of turning play into work.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 69: 99-105.
  • Tang, T. L. P., Tollison, P. S., & Whiteside, H. D. 1987. The effect of quality circle initiation on motivation to attend quality circle meetings and on task performance. Personnel Psycholo...
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  • Tang, T. L. P., & Baumeister, R. F. 1984. Effects of personal values, perceived surveillance, and task labels on task preference:  The ideology of turning play into work.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 69: 99-105.
  • Tang, T. L. P., Tollison, P. S., & Whiteside, H. D. 1987. The effect of quality circle initiation on motivation to attend quality circle meetings and on task performance. Personnel Psychology, 40: 799-814.
  • Tang, T. L. P., Tollison, P. S., & Whiteside, H. D. 1989. Quality circle productivity as related to upper-management attendance, circle initiation, and collar color. Journal of Management, 15: 101-113.
  • Tang, T. L. P. 1992. The meaning of money revisited. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 13 (2): 197-202.
  • Tang, T. L. P. 1993. The meaning of money:  Extension and exploration of the Money Ethic Scale in a sample of university students in Taiwan. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 14: 93-99.
  • Tang, T. L. P., Kim, J. K., & Tang, D. S. H. 2000. Does attitude toward money moderate the relationship between intrinsic job satisfaction and voluntary turnover? Human Relations, 53 (2): 213-245.
  • Tang, T. L. P., Sutarso, T., Akande, A., Allen, M. W., Alzubaidi, A. S., Ansari, M. A., Arias-Galicai, F., Borg, M. G., Canova, L., Charles-Pauvers, B., Cheng, B. S., Chiu, R. K.,  Du, L.Z., Garber, I., Garcia de la Torre, C., Higgs, R. C., Ibrahim, A. H. S., Jen, C. K., Kazem, A. M., Kim, K., Lim, V. K. G., Luna-Arocas, R., Malovics, E., Manganelli, A. M., Moreira, A., Nnedum, A. U. O., Osagie, J. E., Osman-Gani, A., Pereira, F. C., Pholsward, R., Pitariu, H. D., Polic, M., Sardzoska, E., Skobic, P., Stembridge, A. F., Tang, T. L. N., Teo, T. S. H., Tombolani, M., Trontelj, M., Urbain, C., & Vlerick, P. 2006. The Love of Money and Pay Level Satisfaction: Measurement and Functional Equivalence in 29 Geographical Entities around the World. Management and Organization Review, 2 (3), 423-452.
  • Tang, T. L. P., & Chiu, R. K. 2003. Income, money ethic, pay satisfaction, commitment, and unethical behavior: Is the love of money the root of evil for Hong Kong employees? Journal of Business Ethics, 46 (1): 13-30.
  • Tang, T. L. P., & Chen, Y. J. 2008. Intelligence vs. wisdom: The love of money, Machiavellianism, and unethical behavior across college major and gender. Journal of Business Ethics, 82 (1): 1-26.  
  • Tang, T. L. P., Luna-Arocas, R., Quintanilla Pardo, I., & Tang, T. L. N. 2013/in press. Materialism and the bright and dark sides of the financial dream in Spain: The positive role of money attitudes—The Matthew Effect. Applied Psychology: An International Review.
  • Tang, T. L. P., & Austin, M. J. 2009. Students' perceptions of teaching technology, application of technology, and academic performance. Computers & Education, 53 (4): 1241-1255.
  • Gu, Q. X., & Tang, T. L. P., & Jiang, W. 2015. Does moral leadership enhance employee creativity? Employee identification with leader and leader-member exchange (LMX) in the Chinese context. Journal of Business Ethics, 126 (3), 513-529.
  • Tang, T. L. P., Sutarso, T., Ansari, M. A., Lim, V. K. G., Teo, T. S. H., Arias-Galicia, F., Garber, I. E., Chiu, R. K. K., Charles-Pauvers, B., Luna-Arocas, R., Vlerick, P., Akande, A., Allen, M. W., Al-Zubaidi, A. S., Borg, M. G., Canova, L., Cheng, B. S., Correia, R., Du, L. Z., Garcia de la Torre, C., Ibrahim, A. H. S., Jen, C. K., Kazem, A. M., Kim, K., Liang, J., Malovics, E., Manganelli, A. M., Moreira, A., Mpoyi, R. T.,  Nnedum, A. U. O., Osagie, J. E., Osman-Gani, A., Özbek, M. F., Pereira, F. J. C., Pholsward, R., Pitariu, H. D., Polic, M., Sardžoska, E., Skobic, P., Stembridge, A. F., Tang, T. L. N., Urbain, C., Trontelj, M., & Chen, J. Q., Tang, N. Y. (2018a). Monetary intelligence and behavioral economics across 32 cultures: Good apples enjoy good quality of life in good barrels. Journal of Business Ethics, 148 (4), 893-917.
  • Tang, T. L. P., Sutarso, T., Ansari, M. A., Lim, V. K. G., Teo, T. S. H., Arias-Galicia, F., Garber, I. E., Chiu, R. K. K., Charles-Pauvers, B., Luna-Arocas, R., Vlerick, P., Akande, A., Allen, M. W., Al-Zubaidi, A. S., Borg, M. G., Cheng, B. S., Correia, R., Du, L. Z., Garcia de la Torre, C., Ibrahim, A. H. S., Jen, C. K., Kazem, A. M., Kim, K., Liang, J., Malovics, E., Moreira, A., Mpoyi, R. T.,  Nnedum, A. U. O., Osagie, J. E., Osman-Gani, A., Özbek, M. F., Pereira, F. J. C., Pholsward, R., Pitariu, H. D., Polic, M., Sardžoska, E., Skobic, P., Stembridge, A. F., Tang, T. L. N., Urbain, C., Trontelj, M., Canova, L., & Manganelli, A. M., Chen, J. Q., Tang, N. Y., Adetoun, B. E., & Adewuyi, M. F. (2018b). Monetary intelligence and behavioral economics: The Enron Effect—Love of money, corporate ethical values, Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), and dishonesty across 31 geopolitical entities. Journal of Business Ethics, 148 (4), 919-937.

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Awards

  • Fellow, Economic Psychology, International Association of Applied Psychology, 2014;
  • Outstanding Career Achievement Award, MTSU, 2008;
  • Outstanding Research Award, August, 2021, MTSI;
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Chung Yuan Christian University, October, 2015, Taiwan; 
  • Jones College of Business Outstanding Faculty Member, MTSU 2008;
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, 201...
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  • Fellow, Economic Psychology, International Association of Applied Psychology, 2014;
  • Outstanding Career Achievement Award, MTSU, 2008;
  • Outstanding Research Award, August, 2021, MTSI;
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Chung Yuan Christian University, October, 2015, Taiwan; 
  • Jones College of Business Outstanding Faculty Member, MTSU 2008;
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, 2015;
  • Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management, SIM (2011) and IM (2009, 2007 and 2003);
  • Outstanding Research Award, MTSU, 1999;
  • Outstanding Research Award, MTSU, 1991;
  • Distinguished International Service Award, MTSU, 1999.

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Research / Scholarly Activity

Selected publications:

Tang, T. L. P., Tollison, P. S., & Whiteside, H. D. (1989). Quality circle productivity as related to upper-management attendance, circle initiation, and collar color. Journal of Management, 15, 101-113.

Tang, T. L. P., & Baumeister, R. F. (1984). Effects of personal values, perceived surveillance, and task labels on task preference: The ideology of turning play into work. Journal of Applied Psychology, ...

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Selected publications:

Tang, T. L. P., Tollison, P. S., & Whiteside, H. D. (1989). Quality circle productivity as related to upper-management attendance, circle initiation, and collar color. Journal of Management, 15, 101-113.

Tang, T. L. P., & Baumeister, R. F. (1984). Effects of personal values, perceived surveillance, and task labels on task preference: The ideology of turning play into work. Journal of Applied Psychology, 69, 99-105.

Tang, T. L. P., Tollison, P. S., & Whiteside, H. D. (1987). The effect of quality circle initiation on motivation to attend quality circle meetings and on task performance. Personnel Psychology, 40, 799-814.

Tang, T. L. P., Kim, J. K., & Tang, D. S. H. (2000). Does attitude toward money moderate the relationship between intrinsic job satisfaction and voluntary turnover? Human Relations, 53 (2): 213-245.

Tang, T. L. P., & Chiu, R. K.( 2003). Income, money ethic, pay satisfaction, commitment, and unethical behavior: Is the love of money the root of evil for Hong Kong employees? Journal of Business Ethics, 46 (1), 13-30.

Tang, T. L. P. (1992). The Meaning of Money Revisited. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 13, 197-202.

Tang, T. L. P. (1993). The meaning of money: Extension and exploration of the money ethic scale in a sample of university students in Taiwan. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 14, 93-99.

Tang, T. L. P., Sutarso, T., Ansari, M. A., Lim, V. K. G., Teo, T. S. H., Arias-Galicia, F., Garber, I. E., Chiu, R. K. K., Charles-Pauvers, B., Luna-Arocas, R., Vlerick, P., Akande, A., Allen, M. W., Al-Zubaidi, A. S., Borg, M. G., Canova, L., Cheng, B. S., Correia, R., Du, L. Z., Garcia de la Torre, C., Ibrahim, A. H. S., Jen, C. K., Kazem, A. M., Kim, K., Liang, J., Malovics, E., Manganelli, A. M., Moreira, A., Mpoyi, R. T.,  Nnedum, A. U. O., Osagie, J. E., Osman-Gani, A., Özbek, M. F., Pereira, F. J. C., Pholsward, R., Pitariu, H. D., Polic, M., Sardžoska, E., Skobic, P., Stembridge, A. F., Tang, T. L. N., Urbain, C., Trontelj, M., & Chen, J. Q., Tang, N. Y. (2018a). Monetary intelligence and behavioral economics across 32 cultures: Good apples enjoy good quality of life in good barrels. Journal of Business Ethics, 148 (4), 893-917.

Tang, T. L. P., Sutarso, T., Ansari, M. A., Lim, V. K. G., Teo, T. S. H., Arias-Galicia, F., Garber, I. E., Chiu, R. K. K., Charles-Pauvers, B., Luna-Arocas, R., Vlerick, P., Akande, A., Allen, M. W., Al-Zubaidi, A. S., Borg, M. G., Cheng, B. S., Correia, R., Du, L. Z., Garcia de la Torre, C., Ibrahim, A. H. S., Jen, C. K., Kazem, A. M., Kim, K., Liang, J., Malovics, E., Moreira, A., Mpoyi, R. T.,  Nnedum, A. U. O., Osagie, J. E., Osman-Gani, A., Özbek, M. F., Pereira, F. J. C., Pholsward, R., Pitariu, H. D., Polic, M., Sardžoska, E., Skobic, P., Stembridge, A. F., Tang, T. L. N., Urbain, C., Trontelj, M., Canova, L., & Manganelli, A. M., Chen, J. Q., Tang, N. Y., Adetoun, B. E., & Adewuyi, M. F. (2018b). Monetary intelligence and behavioral economics: The Enron Effect—Love of money, corporate ethical values, Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), and dishonesty across 31 geopolitical entities. Journal of Business Ethics, 148 (4), 919-937.

Tang, T. L. P. (2020). Monetary wisdom: A measure of attitude toward money—constructs and items. In: Poff, D., Michalos, A. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics. Basel, Switzerland: Springer, Cham

 

 

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In the Media

CNN: Gillespie, Patrick (2016, August 16).  Don’t be greedy…it works against you. CNN Money. http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/16/investing/love-of-money-state-street-survey/   

Financial Times: Authers, John (2016, August 19).  Is greed good? No, it’s seriously bad for your wealth. Behavioural finance studies suggest a love of money weakens your ability as an investor. https://www.ft.com/con...

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CNN: Gillespie, Patrick (2016, August 16).  Don’t be greedy…it works against you. CNN Money. http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/16/investing/love-of-money-state-street-survey/   

Financial Times: Authers, John (2016, August 19).  Is greed good? No, it’s seriously bad for your wealth. Behavioural finance studies suggest a love of money weakens your ability as an investor. https://www.ft.com/content/f16edc12-65d1-11e6-a08a-c7ac04ef00aa  

Bloomberg Video: 08/10/2016 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016-08-10/investors-love-of-money-can-t-buy-riches-here-s-why

Bloomberg Radio:  08/10/2016 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2016-08-10/the-bloomberg-advantage-duncan-on-love-of-money-study  

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Courses

Compensation 

International Business

Human Resource Management

Organizational Behavior