The Effects of Perceived Overqualification: Research, Revisit, and Reimagination | Episode No.88

Workshop’s Topic: The effects of perceived overqualification have emerged as a crucial topic for human resource researchers and practitioners to navigate dynamic organizational challenges effectively. This presentation focusing on perceived overqualification will include two components. First, a summary of perceived overqualification research including the introduction of the topic, extant research, and potential directions will be discussed. Second, a present study on perceived overqualification and stress tolerance will be shared. Specifically, drawing upon the theory of momentary distress tolerance, we develop a model to propose that employees who feel overqualified are more likely to experience heightened levels of positive momentary distress tolerance self-efficacy and thus engage in improvisation behaviors at work. The positive relationship between perceived overqualification and momentary distress tolerance self-efficacy is amplified when employees perceive that human resource practices are designed to enhance their effort and skills (i.e., high-performance work system). Theoretical and practical implications are also discussed.

Time and Location: 14:00-15:30 PM (GMT+8), Room A723 (School of Management)

Online: 947-797-138 (Tencent Meeting Number)

Language: Bilingual (Chinese and English)

Introduction of Speakers

Assist. Prof. MA Chao

Australian National University, College of Business and Economics


Dr. MA Chao is currently a Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Management in the Research School of Management, College of Business and Economics, Australian National University (ANU) and the academic lead of ANU Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership. MA holds a PhD in organizational behavior from ANU. Prior to that, he received his bachelor’s degree in human resource management with First Class Honors from Hong Kong Baptist University and a Master of Business degree and a MPhil degree from ANU. His research interests broadly focus on Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior, and his work has been published in ABDC – ranked “A*/FT50” and “A” journals such as Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Applied Psychology: An International Review, and Personnel Review.

You can learn more about Assist. Prof. MA Chao’s academic background  here