Roya Ayman

  • Professor of Psychology
  • Adjunct Professor, Industrial Technology and Management

Roya Ayman received her Ph.D. in Cross-Cultural Organizational Social Psychology from the University of Utah and is a recognized Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and UK Leadership Trust. She has both interests that are research and academic oriented and also has been active in the field practicing as a consultant.

She served as the director of the I-O program (1989-2019). During this time she served on several editorial boards and was an associate editor of a peer-reviewed journal. She has graduated 35 Ph.D. students, some of whom have become senior officers in various organizations or owners of consulting firms and some are in academics. She has worked with 66 master’s students on their research and many have had a chance to present at peer-reviewed conferences. Of her publications, she has co-authored many with her students. Her focus is on developing students’ careers and mentoring them in their path of interest within I-O.

Ayman’s research interest is in leadership effectiveness and development with particular attention to culture and gender issues. She is also interested in work family interface as another main area of research focusing on culture and underrepresented population looking at issues of social support and adjustment.  

Ayman also has been involved in consulting projects with a variety of organizations and areas such as mental health, educational, and industry (e.g., Lucent Technologies, Ameritech, Walgreens, Carson Pirie, General Electric, General Motor, & FEMA).

As a consultant, she has engaged in diagnoses and assessments of organizations' employees' attitude and behavior in areas of leadership effectiveness, morale, absenteeism, turnover, and stress. She has completed projects on the effect of work-family conflict on work performance and she has developed an evaluation program of telecommuting intervention as an organizational re-engineering to reduce work-family conflict. She has also conducted leadership development, group problem solving, team building, and diversity training. 


Ph.D., University of Utah (1983)

M.A., University of Utah

B.A., University of Utah

Research Interests

Leadership and group dynamics

Cross-cultural research

Diversity and gender issues in the workplace

Work-family interface

Role of social support and cultural adjustment

Roya Ayman is working with a 10-country and 13-scholar team of researchers this team is known as project 3535 on work family interface.

Objectives of the study were: 
1) to achieve a comprehensive understanding of W-F conflict, its antecedents, and its outcomes,
2) to test and extend current theory on the W-F interface in an international context,
3) to provide guidance to individuals, organizations, and policy makers regarding how to best alleviate the negative consequences of W-F conflict.

It includes researchers from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA; University of Guelph, Canada; Koç University, Turkey; University of Haifa, Israel, Monash University, Australia; Soochow University, Taiwan; University of Surabaya, Indonesia; Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China; New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi, India; EADA Business School, Spain; St Mary's College IN, USA; Portland State University, USA.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Psychological Association

Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Academy of Management

Work Family Network


Fellow, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2019

Leadership Fellow UK 2012



Korabik, K., Aycan, Z., & Ayman, R. (Eds.). (2017). The work-family interface in a global context. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Chemers, M. M., & Ayman, R. (Eds.). (1993). Leadership theory and research: Perspectives and directions. San Diego, CA, US: Academic Press. (This book was translated into Japanese in 1995).

Chemers, M. M., Fiedler, F. E., Garcia, J. E., Goza, B. K., Mahar, L., Jobs, S., & Ayman, R. (1982). Executive development II series: Fire service leadership instructor's manual. Emmitsburg, MD: National Fire Academy.

Cann, B. (1969). The first view of psychology. (R. Ayman, Trans.). Tehran, Iran: National Institute of Psychology.

Anglund, J. (1964). Love is a special kind of feeling. (R. Ayman, Trans.). Tehran, Iran: Ibne Sina.


Ayman, R., & Lauritsen*, M. (2018). Contingencies, context, situation and leadership. In J. Antonakis & D. V. Day (Eds.), The nature of leadership (3rd ed., pp. 138-166). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ayman, R., Hammer, L., & Ishaya*, N. (2017). The work-family interface in the USA. In K. Korabik, Z. Aycan & R. Ayman (Eds.), The work- family interface in a global context (pp. 103-117). New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Ayman, R. (2017). Social support and the work-family interface from a cross-cultural perspective. In K. Korabik, Z. Aycan & R. Ayman (Eds.), The work-family interface in a global context (pp.338-367). New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Ayman, R., & Korabik, K. (2015). Women and global leadership: Three theoretical perspectives. In F. W. Ngunjiri & S. R. Madsen (Eds,), Women as global leaders (pp.53-72). Charlotte, NC, US: IAP Information Age Publishing.

peer-reviewed articles

Charoensap, A.*, Virakul, B., Senasu, K, Ayman, R. (2019). Effect of Ethical Leadership and Interactional Justice on Employee Work Attitudes. Journal of Leadership Studies.

Shu, F.*, McAbee, S., & Ayman, R. (2017). The HEXACO personality traits, cultural intelligence, and international student adjustment. Personality and Individual Differences. 106(1) 21-25.

Korabik, K., Rhijn, T. V., Ayman, R., & Hammer, L. B. (2016). Gender, polychronicity, and the work-family interface: Is a preference for multitasking beneficial? Community, Work and Family, 1-20. DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2016.1178103

Burris*, K., Ayman, R. Che,* Y., Min*, H. (Jan 2014). Asian Americans' and Caucasians' Implicit Leadership Theories: Asian Stereotypes, Transformational, and Authentic Leadership, Journal of Asian American Psychology, 4, 258-266.

Ayman, R. & Adams, S. J. (2012). Contingencies, Context, Situation, and Leadership. In Day, D., & Antonakis, J. (Eds.). The Nature of Leadership (pp.218-255). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ayman, R., Mead, A. D., Bassari, A., & Huang, J. (2011). Implicit Leadership in Iran: Differences between leader and boss and gender. In P. Case, G. Edwards, D. Jepson, & P. Simpson (editors), Worldly Leadership - Alternative Wisdoms for a Complex World. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Publishers Ltd.

Liu, L. Ayman, R. & Ayman-Nolley, S. (2011). Children's Image of leadership in China. In P. Case, G. Edwards, D. Jepson, & P. Simpson (editors), Worldly Leadership - Alternative Wisdoms for a Complex World. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Publishers Ltd.

Porter*, S. & Ayman, R. (2010). Work flexibility as a mediator of the relationship between work-family conflict and intention to quit. Journal of Management & Organization, 16, 411-424.

Ayman, R. & Hartman, E. (2010). Laying the Foundation: Creating a Sustainable Culture and Shift in Business Paradigms. In Nasrin R. Khalili (ed), Practical Sustainability: From grounded theory to emerging strategies, third chapter (pp.57-79). Palgrave McMillian: NY

Ayman, R. & Korabik, K. (2010). Leadership: Why gender and culture matter. American Psychologist. American Psychologist, 65, ( 3), 157–170.

Ayman, R., & Korabik, K. (2010). Leadership: Why gender and culture matter. American Psychologist, 65(3), 157–170.

Ayman, R. Korabik, K. & Morris, S. (2009). Is transformational leadership always perceived as effective? Men subordinates’ devaluation of women transformational leaders. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39(4), 852-879.

Ayman, R. & Antani, A. (2008). Social Support and Work Family Conflict. In K. Korabik, D. Leroy, D. L. Whitehead (Eds). Handbook of Work and Family (pp. 287-304). San Diego, CA: Elsevier Publishing.

Ayman-Nolley, S. & Ayman, R. (2005). Children’s implicit theory of leadership. In J. R. Meindl and Brigit Schyns (Eds), Implicit Leadership Theories: Essays and Explorations, a volume in the Leadership Horizons Series (pp. 189-233), Greenwich, CT, USA: Information Age Publishing.

Ayman, R. (2004). Culture and leadership. In Charles Spielberger (chief editor), Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology. (Vol.2. pp. 507-519). San Diego, CA, USA: Elsevier Ltd

Korabik, K., Lero, D., & Ayman, R. (2003). A Micro-Macro Level Approach to Cross-Cultural Work-Family Research. International Journal of Cross-cultural Management, 3 (3), 289-303.

Ayman, R., Adams, S., Hartman, E. & Fisher, B. (2003). Leadership development in higher education,. In S. Murphy & R. Riggio (pp. 201-222) . The future of leadership development. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Ayman, R. (2002). Contingency Model of leadership effectiveness. In Linda L. Neider, and Chester, A. Schriesheim (eds.) Leadership (pp.197-228). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Becker, J., Ayman, R., & Korabik, K. (2002). Discrepancies in self/subordinates’ perception of leadership behavior; Leader’s gender, Organizational context, and leader’s self-monitoring. Group & Organizational Management: An International Journal, 27, 222-224.

Ayman, R. (1993). Leadership perception: The role of gender and culture. In M. M. Chemers and R. Ayman (Eds.), Leadership theory and research: Perspectives and directions (pp. 137 166). New York: Academic Press.

Ayman, R., & Chemers, M. M. (1983). The relationship of supervisory behavior ratings to work group effectiveness and subordinate satisfaction among Iranian managers. Journal of Applied Psychology, 68, 338 341.


Project 3535 — 13 scholars from 10 countries research on work family interface.

Editorial Boards

Leadership Quarterly

International Journal of Cross-cultural Management

Journal of Management and Organization

Journal of Business and Psychology

Roya Ayman

Contact Information

312.567.3516 312.567.3493 3424 South State Street, Tech Central room 215 by appointment in the afternoons