Riyang Phang


Assistant Professor

Academic Areas: Organizational Behavior, Human Resource, Organizational Science, Computational Psychology (Agent-based Modeling), Performance Management, Social-Cultural Psychology

Courses Taught: Organizational Behavior, Senior Thesis (OBHR Track), MBA Thesis (OBHR Track), MBA Research Seminar


Riyang Phang is an Assistant Professor at the American University of Central Asia. He is an interdisciplinary researcher who bridges methods of computational physics with human resource management. He is one of the few HR researchers globally with expertise in agent-based modeling while possessing a professional certification in salary design by WorldatWork, US. He has a wide range of research interests spanning the influence of culture, olfaction, hormones, sleep, and infrasound on human work behavior.
He arrives in Central Asia with an interest to study the influence of Nomadic culture on career choices and workplace dynamics.
He obtained his PhD from Nanyang Business School (ranked 24 th : FT 2017 rankings). 







  • 2016 PhD in Business
    Focus: Strategy, Management, & Organization
    Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2007 Bachelor’s (First Class Honours) in Human Resource Consulting, with Minor in Psychology
    Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2007
    Global Remuneration Professional
    WorldatWork, U.S.A.




Under Review (as at Jan 2018)

  • Leung, K-y., Phang, R., & Koh, B. (R&R) The Creative and Well-being Benefits of Instrumental Emotion Regulation. Academy of Management Perspectives.
  • Templer, K. J., Kennedy, K., & Phang, R. (under 1st review). Why and How Learning Goal Orientation Moderates the Effect of Supervisor Support on Employee Customer Orientation. Personnel Review.

In Preparation

  • Qiu, L., Phang, R. (expected publication 2018) Agent-based Modeling. Oxford Encyclopedia of Political Decision Making. Edited by David Redlawsk.
  • Phang, R., Christopoulos, G., & Chiu C-y. (to be submitted to Human Relations). Computational Study of Equity Theory in a Multi-level World.
  • Liew, W. D. & Phang, R., (to be submitted to Human Resource Management). Company or Incumbent-weighted Data: A Generalizable Suggestion via Monte Carlo Simulation.
  • Phang, R., & Liew, W. D. (to be submitted to Organization Studies). The emergence of matching HR and Business Strategy: A Computational Proof.


  • Phang, R., Leung, K-y., Qiu, L., & Koh, B. (2017). Win, but Not So Much: The Ideal Percentage Hypothesis. International Convention of Psychological Science 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  • Phang, R., Qiu, L., Chiu, C-y, & Leung, K-y. (2017). Need for Cognitive Closure in Opinion Diffusion: An Agent-based Model. International Convention of Psychological Science 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  • Phang, R., Christopoulos, G., & Chiu C-y. (2015) Rethinking Equity Theory: Fairness Restoration and its Dynamic Outcomes. Conference for Complex Systems 2015, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.
  • Phang, R., Christopoulos, G., & Chiu C-y. (2015) Motivational Dynamics in the Search for Fairness. Asia-Pacific Econophysics Conference 2015, Singapore.
  • Templer, K. J., Kennedy, K., & Phang, R. (2014) Learning Goal Orientation, Role Clarity, and Supervisor Support for Hospitality Service Staff. Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
  • Tay, A. S. L., & Phang, R. (2009) Emotional Exhaustion in Short-Term Business Travelers: Effects of CQ, Autonomy and Conflicts, Academy of Management Conference in Montreal, Canada.
  • Phang, R., & Quazi, H. (2008) Combinatory vs. Individual Components of Work-Life Balance: Identifying Profiles & Employee Sub-Groups. Production and Operations Management Conference, Tokyo, Japan.





  • 2017 Korn Ferry Institute. Global Research Center.
    Research. Methodology Validation and Rewards Trends.
  • 2016 – 2017 Singapore Management University. School of Social Sciences.
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Socio-cultural Psychology
  • 2015 – 2016 Nanyang Technological University. School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Culture Science Institute (Deon Lab).
    Research Fellow. Psychological impact from blasts and subterranean work.


  • 2016 – American University of Central Asia
    MBA Thesis Advisor, Research Track
    MBA Research Seminar
    Management & Organization Behavior II
    Senior Thesis Advisor, Research Track
    I-O Psychology
  • 2008 – 2012 Nanyang Technological University
    Compensation and Benefits
    Organizational Behavior
    Strategic Management
  • 2014 Northumbria University
    Total Rewards
    Change, Work, & Diversity
  • 2013 – 2014 Republic Polytechnic
    Human Resource Management
    Organizational Behavior
  • 2012 KHEI
    International Human Resource Management

Invited Presentations:

  • Phang, R. (2015). Agent-based Modeling in OBHR Research. Complexity Institute. Nanyang Technological University.
  • Phang, R. (2017). Pay for Performance Dilemma. School of Public Policy, Zhejiang Gongshang University, China. (presentation in Chinese)


New Campus – room 215


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