Kaibin Xu

Kaibin Xu

Assistant Professor

All Listings, Globalization and Development Communication, M&C and Strategic Communication

Weiss Hall, Room 215
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Dr. Xu specializes in organizational and group communication.  His research focuses on the role of culture, ethics and dialogue in organizational and group communication practices, with the intent of developing a dialogic approach to organizational and group communication.  His work has been published in a variety of national and international academic journals, including Communication MonographsManagement Communication QuarterlyJournal of Business Ethics, Asian Journal of Communication, Gender, Place & Culture, Journal of International and Intercultural CommunicationInternational Journal of Conflict ManagementInternational Journal of CommunicationJournal of Loss and Trauma, Health, Risk & Society, China Media Research, Journalism and Communication Review, and Journalism Quarterly.  In addition to teaching in the Department of Strategic Communication, he is also a faculty member in the M.S. Program in Communication Management, the M.S. Program in Globalization and Development Communication, and the Ph.D. Program in Media and Communication (M&C). 

Dr. Xu came to the U.S. in 2003 when he was awarded a Graduate Council Fellowship by the University of Alabama to pursue graduate study in communication.  Prior to that, he received education in foreign languages, literature and linguistics in China. He speaks Chinese, English and Japanese; he also learned German for a couple of years.  Being an invited columnist, he has published near a hundred opinion articles in China Youth Daily, Dongfang Daily News, The Beijing News, Shanghai Morning Post, Guangzhou Daily, among others.


Ph.D.Organizational CommunicationUniversity of Colorado - Boulder
M.A.Communication StudiesThe University of Alabama
M.A.LinguisticsSichuan University, China

Courses Taught

STRC 1111Communicating LeadershipUndergraduate
STRC 2661Introduction to Organizational CommunicationUndergraduate
STRC 2662Leading Groups and Team BuildingUndergraduate
STRC 2672Global Communication and LeadershipUndergraduate
STRC 3663Research MethodsUndergraduate
STRC 4670Special Topics in Organizational LeadershipUndergraduate
STRC 4696Diverse Communication and LeadershipUndergraduate
STRC 4775Health CommunicationUndergraduate
STRC 8101Research MethodsGraduate
STRC 8103Leadership in Communication ManagementGraduate
STRC 8104Organizational CommunicationGraduate
MC 9002Researching CommunicationDoctorate


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (Recent):

Deng, Y., & Xu, K. (2014). Chinese employees negotiating differing conflict management expectations in a US-based multinational corporation subsidiary in Southwest China. Management Communication Quarterly, 28(4), 609-624. Doi: 10.1177/0893318914544324 

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

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

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. Doi:10.1108/IJCMA-11-2011-0076

Xu, K. (2013). The (im)possibility of dialogue in controversial public events: A dialogic approach to the Wang Hui/Zhu Xueqin case. Journalism Quarterly [Xinwen Daxue], 121, 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 Research9(4), 5-14.

Xu, K. (2013). Theorizing difference in intercultural communication: A critical dialogic perspective. Communication Monographs80(3), 379-397. Doi:10.1080/03637751.2013.788250

Xu, K. (2013). Organizational democracy, organizational participation and critical organizational communication studies. Journalism and Communication Review, 13, 1-7.

Xu, K. (2013). Framing Occupy Wall Street: A content analysis of The New York Times and USA Today. International Journal of Communication7, 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). 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 Ethics117(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