SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Gary Schwarz

CBA / LLM with honors (Northwestern) MBA (Chicago) MPA (Harvard) PhD (WHU)
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Gary Schwarz
School of Finance and Management

Reader in Public Policy and Management

SOAS China Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute

Centre for Trust Research


Dr Gary Schwarz
Email address:
+44(0) 20 7898 4091
SOAS University of London
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Dr Gary Schwarz is a Reader in Public Policy and Management. He has held academic appointments at Harvard University, London Business School, Copenhagen Business School, and the University of Nottingham’s campus in China, where he served as Faculty Director of Teaching Development and the Director of the largest executive education programme. Previously, he was the Serviceline Leader Performance Management at Deloitte.

His research focuses on how organizations and individuals can improve their performance, innovation, and the role of various leadership approaches (e.g., transformational, participative, servant, ethical, entrepreneurial, etc.) in the strategy process. His articles have been published in top academic journals, such as Public Administration Review, Public Administration, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, British Journal of Management, and Journal of Business Ethics. Dr Schwarz also co-edited and co-authored the book Outsourcing, which reached the top-5 of the Financial Times list for German books.

Dr Schwarz taught and supervised students at all levels, including undergraduate, postgraduate, executive education, and doctoral. He obtained a Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching at Harvard University and became the first faculty member from the China campus to win the highest teaching prize at the University of Nottingham, the Lord Dearing Award for outstanding achievements in enhancing the student learning experience. At London Business School and SOAS University of London he obtained perfect evaluations, with all of the participants awarding the highest possible score for his teaching. Dr Schwarz completed training in the case teaching method at Harvard University and is a Fellow at the British Higher Education Academy.

Dr Schwarz has engaged with policy makers from China, the United Kingdom, and the United States, among other countries. He has provided advisory services and management development for numerous public and private organizations, including Airbus, ArcelorMittal, China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, Chinese Ministry of Finance, Danaher, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, European Union, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guangzhou Municipality, Harvard University, Henry Schein, IBM, Invest Northern Ireland, Japanese External Trade Organization, Jordan Prime Ministry, Jordan Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Lufthansa, Ningbo Municipal Government, Oracle, Petro-Canada, Shanghai Municipal Government, Terex Mining, and Volkswagen Group.

He holds academic degrees from Harvard University, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of St. Gallen, and WHU in Germany.



Public management, leadership, performance, innovation, creative self-efficacy, strategy.

Dr Schwarz welcomes PhD applications from students who are interested in the above-mentioned research topics.


Authored Books

Schwarz, Gary (2014) Public Shared Service Centers: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of US Public Sector Organizations. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.


Newman, Alexander and Tse, Herman and Schwarz, Gary and Nielsen, Ingrid (2018) 'The Effects of Employees’ Creative Self-Efficacy on Innovative Behavior: The Role of Entrepreneurial Leadership'. Journal of Business Research, (89), pp 1-9.

Legood, Alison and Lee, Allan and Schwarz, Gary and Newman, Alexander (2018) 'From Self-defeating to Other-defeating: Examining the Effects of Leader Procrastination on Follower Work Outcomes'. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, (91) 2, pp 1-19.

Miao, Qing and Eva, Nathan and Newman, Alexander and Schwarz, Gary (2018) 'Public Service Motivation and Performance: The Role of Organizational Identification'. Public Money & Management. [Forthcoming]

Miao, Qing and Newman, Alexander and Schwarz, Gary and Cooper, Brian (2018) 'How Leadership and Public Service Motivation Enhance Innovative Behavior'. Public Administration Review, (78) 1, pp 71-81.

Newman, Alexander and Schwarz, Gary and Cooper, Brian and Sendjaya, Sen (2017) 'How Servant Leadership Influences Organizational Citizenship Behavior: The Roles of LMX, Empowerment and Proactive Personality'. Journal of Business Ethics, (145) 1, pp 49-62.

Lee, Allan and Schwarz, Gary and Newman, Alexander and Legood, Alison (2017) 'Investigating When and Why Psychological Entitlement Predicts Unethical Pro-Organizational Behavior'. Journal of Business Ethics, pp 1-18.

Schwarz, Gary and Newman, Alexander and Cooper, Brian and Eva, Nathan (2016) 'Servant Leadership and Follower Job Performance: The Mediating Effect of Public Service Motivation'. Public Administration, (94) 4, pp 1025-1041.

Miao, Qing and Newman, Alexander and Schwarz, Gary and Xu, Lin (2014) 'Servant Leadership, Trust, and the Organizational Commitment of Public Sector Employees in China'. Public Administration, (92) 3, pp 727-743.

Miao, Qing and Newman, Alexander and Schwarz, Gary and Xu, Lin (2013) 'Participative Leadership and the Organizational Commitment of Civil Servants in China: The Mediating Effects of Trust in Supervisor'. British Journal of Management, (24) S1, pp S76-S92.

Book Chapters

Schwarz, Gary (2017) 'Transformational Leadership and Job Performance: The Role of Organizational Identification'. In: Muenjohn, Nuttawuth and McMurray, Adela, (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 519-539.


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