Dr David Cheng

David Cheng


Research School of Management

Senior Lecturer
Phone number
+61 2 612 55013
Room 1046, PAP Moran Bld (26B)
Research areas

Business; Business administration; Management.



David Cheng is a Senior Lecturer in Management. His research interests span areas including leadership, emotions and their effects on performance, work-life balance and well-being. David’s research on HR systems and cybersecurity was funded by the Australian Department of Defence. His work has appeared in top-ranked journals including Journal of Business and PsychologyJournal of Management in EngineeringJournal of Research in Personality, and Journal of Construction and Engineering Management. David’s research has also won multiple awards from the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, and featured in media outlets including the ABC, Australian Financial Review, Business Insider and Men's Health.

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Research publications

Working Papers

Reseach Projects

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

2. Finding humor in work-life conflict: Distinguishing the effects of individual and organizational humor

3. How humor buffers the effect of Customer Mistreatment

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


  • Cheng, D., Amarnani, R., Le, T., Restubog, S. L. D. (2019). Laughter is (Powerful) Medicine: The Effects of Humor Exposure on the Well-Being of Victims of Aggression. Journal of Business and Psychology (ABDC Ranking: A, Impact Factor = 2.694)
  • Chih,Y.Y, Kiazad, K., Cheng, D., Ehsan, E., Restubog. S., (2018). Are happy workers more productive? The role of leader-member exchange quality in predicting construction worker performance. Journal of Construction and Engineering Management (ABDC Ranking A* Impact Factor = 1.735) 
  • Chih. Y.Y , Kiazad. K., Cheng. D., Lajom. J., Restubog. S., (2017). 'Feeling positive and productive: The role of supervisor-worker relationship in predicting construction workers' performance in the Philippines.' ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. (ABDC journal ranking: A*; Impact Factor=1.735)
  • Chan-Serafin. S, Minbashian. A, Teo. L, Cheng. D., Wang. L. (2017) 'The perils of dating your boss: The role of hierarchical workplace romance and sex on evaluators' career advancement decisions for lower status romance participants', Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol 34, pp. 309-333. (ERA Ranking = B, Impact Factor=1.826) 
  • Chih, Y.Y., Kiazad, K., Cheng, D., Capezio, A., Restubog, S.L.D (2016). “Does organizational fairness matter? Implications for construction workers’ organizational commitment.” ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (ERA journal ranking: A*; Impact Factor=2.011)
  • Cheng, D., & Wang, L., 2015, 'Examining the energizing effects of humor: The influence of humor on persistence behavior', Journal of Business and Psychology, vol. 30, pp. 759-772. (ABDC Ranking: A, Impact Factor = 2.694)
  • Shao, B., Wang, L., Cheng, D., & Doucet, L. 2015. Anger suppression in negotiations: The roles of attentional focus and anger source. Journal of Business and Psychology. vol 30, pp. 747-758 (ABDC Ranking: A, Impact Factor = 2.694)
  • Restubog, S. L. D., Garcia, P. R. J. M, Wang, L., & Cheng, D. (2010) It’s all about control: The role of self-control in buffering the effects of negative reciprocity beliefs and trait anger on workplace deviance. Journal of Research in Personality, vol 44, pp. 655-660 (ABDC Ranking: A, Impact Factor = 2.011)

Research grants and awards


2019, HR systems for a Cyber security workforce – Australian Department of Defence


2017 Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Best OB Paper Award

2013 Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Best OB Paper Award

Research engagement and outreach

Course Convenor Honours Program

Course Convenor Advanced Masters Program


David is currently accepting Honours, MPhil or PhD students.

David is also a passionate management educator teaching who has taught at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive levels. He has also won a number of awards for teaching excellence and course management including the ANU CBE Stellar Team award, UNSW awards for course management and tutoring as well as the ANZAM Promoting Excellence and Teaching Award

Current Teaching:

MGMT2006 - Personal Leadership

MGMT2100 - Communication for Business

MGMT7153 - Building your Leadership Capacity