Young-Choon Kim

Welcome to my website. I am an associate professor in the School of Business Administration (SBA), Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), located in Ulsan, South Korea. I obtained PhD in sociology from Stanford University and worked as a faculty member at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School for eight years before joining the UNIST SBA in 2014. You may wonder why a sociologist like me works in a business school. To be brief, my academic backgrounds are in organization and economic sociology and I study the phenomena that are associated with organization, management, business strategy, and innovation. Hence, my research field belongs to the domains of organization theory, strategic management, and technology & innovation management.

My research aims to understand the organization management and business strategy from the integrative viewpoints. Specific research topics include: the process of performance feedback in which a firm’s past performance shapes its subsequent strategy; the association between human resource management (esp., for engineers and/or managers) and corporate strategy; the process of technological innovation inside and outside of the firm and research organizations; the changes of business model and corporate strategy in response to digital transformation. My main research method is to collect data (usually, at the firm-level or technology-level) and employ statistical analyses to test the plausible hypotheses from organization/strategy theories. My publications appeared in such journals as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Management Science, and Research Policy.

Current Position:

Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, UNIST


PhD, Stanford University, Sociology

MA, Seoul National University, Sociology

BA, Seoul National University, Sociology

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Postal Address:

UNIST School of Business Administration, Bldg No. 114

Ulsan 44919, Republic of Korea

Contact Info:


Phone: +82 52 217-3173

Last Updated: October, 2019