Dr David Cheng

Senior Lecturer
College of Business& Economics


David is a Senior Lecturer in the Research School of Management at the Australian National University. Prior to this, he worked as an Accountant and Systems Analyst helping companies improve their financial and business processes.

In his current role, David studies how leaders and managers can improve the performance and well-being of their followers and employees. His research has won a number of awards at the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management and has also been featured in media outlets such as the ABC, Australian Financial Review, BBC, Business Insider, Men's Health, and TIME.  

David is also a passionate management educator who has taught at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive levels. He has also won a number of awards for teaching excellence and course management.


Researcher's projects

Current Reseach Projects

1. Leaders laughing in the line of fire: An emotional aperture perspective on leader laughter in response to critical questions

2. How humor buffers the effect of Customer Mistreatment

3. Funny Leader or "Funny Leader": The effect of humor on reputation

4. Humor and jobs


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