Wei Cai joined Columbia University in 2020. Her research broadly investigates the role of information and incentives in shaping behavior, decision-making, and performance in complex contracting environments. For example, she examines how corporate leaders and managers can deliberately design and shape organizational culture, and improve organizational outcomes through innovative management control systems. She uses multiple research methods including statistical analyses of archival data sources, field experiments, and surveys. She closely collaborates with practitioners and collects unique data that can provide important managerial implications for the design of management control systems in shaping desirable organizational outcomes.
Professor Cai received a Doctor of Business Administration (Accounting and Management) from Harvard Business School. Prior to earning her DBA, she worked as a senior financial advisor at Ernst & Young in New York.