Dr. Xu joined Temple in August 2008 after completing his Ph.D. at University of Colorado at Boulder. His research interests include organizational and group communication. More specifically, his research focuses on the role of culture, ethics, and dialogue in organizational and group communication practices. He conducts both quantitative and qualitative research. His work has been published in a variety of national and international journals, including Communication Monographs, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Asian Journal of Communication, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, International Journal of Conflict Management, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Loss and Trauma, Journalism Quarterly, Journalism and Communication Review, China Media Research, Gender, Place & Culture, and Health, Risk & Society.
Courses Taught: (during the past 3 years)
MMC 9002 Researching Communication 1 (Doctoral)
STRC 2672 Leadership and Global Communication (Undergraduate)
STRC 3663 Research Methods (Undergraduate)
STRC 4670 Special Topics: Health Communication (Undergraduate)
STRC 8101 Research Methods (Graduate)
STRC 8103 Leadership in Communication Management (Graduate)
STRC 8104 Organizational Communication (Graduate)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (Selected):
Deng, Y., & Xu, K. (in press). Chinese employees negotiating differing conflict management expectations in a US-based multinational corporation subsidiary in Southwest China. Management Communication Quarterly.
Yang, J., Xu, K., & Rodriguez, L. (2014). The rejection of science frames in the news coverage of the golden rice experiment in Hunan, China. Health, Risk & Society, 16(4), 339-354. Doi:10.1080/13698575.2014.923092
Xu, K., & Li, Y. (2014). Exploring guanxi from a gender perspective: Urban Chinese women’s practices of guanxi. Gender, Place & Culture. Doi:10.1080/0966369X.2014.917279
Deng, Y., & Xu, K. (2014). Strategy to motivate and facilitate compromise in Chinese mediation: A discourse analysis of contemporary Chinese mediation sessions. International Journal of Conflict Management, 25(1), 4-20.
Xu, K. (2013). Organizational democracy, organizational participation and critical organizational communication studies. Journalism and Communication Review,13, 1-7.
Xu, K. (2013). The (im)possibility of dialogue in controversial media events: A dialogic approach to the Wang Hui/Zhu Xueqin events. Journalism Quarterly [Xinwen Daxue], 33(5), 72-83.
Deng, Y., Xu, K., Fu, X., & Ma, S. (2013). Mediating family conflicts on TV: A discourse analysis of Gold Medal Mediation episodes. China Media Research, 9(4),5-14.
Xu, K. (2013). Framing Occupy Wall Street: A content analysis of The New York Times and USA Today. International Journal of Communication, 7, 2412-2432. Doi: 1932–8036/20130005
Xu, K., & Yuan, P. (2013). The effects of three sources of social support on quake survivors’ posttraumatic stress after the Wenchuan earthquake. Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress and Coping. Doi:10.1080/15325024.2013.791516
Xu, K. (2013). Theorizing difference in intercultural communication: A critical dialogic perspective. Communication Monographs, 80(3), 379-397. Doi:10.1080/03637751.2013.788250
Xu, K. (2013). In the wake of the Wenchuan earthquake: The function of story-sharing in rebuilding communities in the quake disaster zone. Asian Journal of Communication, 23(2), 152-174. Doi:10.1080/01292986.2012.725172
Xu, K., & Li, W. (2012). An ethical stakeholder approach to crisis communication: A case study of Foxconn’s 2010 employee suicide crisis. Journal of Business Ethics, 117(2), 371-386. Doi:10.1007/s10551-012-1522-0
Xu, K. (2011). An empirical study of Confucianism: Measuring Chinese academic leadership. Management Communication Quarterly, 25(4), 644-662. Doi:10.1177/0893318911405621
Xu, K. (2011). Causal attributions for corporate performance: A cross-cultural comparison of Chinese and U.S. American companies. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 4(3), 221-239. Doi: 10.1080/17513057.2011.575951