Research Interests

Social networks (interpersonal & interorganizational); Social movements; Non-market strategies; Sustainability; “Big data” research


Title: Global Supply Chain Sustainability in the Mobile Handset Industry

  • Committee: Jerry Davis (chair), Maxim Sytch, Gautam Ahuja, Ravi Anupindi, Jason Owen-Smith
  • This dissertation explores how firms manage their network of suppliers to achieve business and sustainability objectives. Specifically, this dissertation consists of three essays exploring the antecedents and consequences of global supply chains dynamics in the mobile handset industry.

Selected Publications

Yong H. Kim and Gerald F. Davis. 2016. Challenges for Global Supply Chain Sustainability: Evidence from Conflict Minerals Reports. Academy of Management Journal, 59(6): 1896-1916. Download here.

  • This project investigates the impact of organizational and supply chain complexity on firms’ visibility of their production process. We examine firms’ responses to the “conflict minerals” issue following the introduction of Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank Act.

Maxim Sytch and Yong H. Kim. 2015. Embeddedness. In D. Teece and M. Augier (Eds.), Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. Abstract.

Under Review

Maxim Sytch and Yong H. Kim. Quo Vadis? Venue Shopping in Patent Litigation. Revise-and-resubmit at Administrative Science Quarterly.

  • Finalist for Best Paper on Entrepreneurship Award, Academy of Management, OMT Division, 2016.
  • Included in Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, OMT Division, 2016.
  • This project documents how social structures among corporate plaintiffs’ lawyers and federal judges enable plaintiffs to choose a favorable legal venue to initiate legal proceedings and secure the ensuing legal advantage. We examine this using data on intellectual property litigation in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.

Work in Progress

When Friends Become Foes: Previous Collaboration as a Catalyst for Conflict (with Jose Uribe & Maxim Sytch)

Inequality and Network Community Dissolution in the Creative Industry (with Yonghoon G. Lee)

Organizational Identity and Interorganizational Conflict (with Maxim Sytch & Eun Woo Kim)

Network Resilience (with Maxim Sytch & Mijeong Kwon)

Media Coverage, January 4, 2017. 80% of Companies Don’t Know If Their Products Contain Conflict Minerals., November 23, 2016. Fairphone’s Quest for an Ethical Smartphone: Sourcing Conflict-Free Minerals. 

Inc. Magazine, November 2014 (p.22). Masters of Startup (with Stewart Thornhill)

Other Publications

Yong H. Kim, Madeline Ong, & Jang Hoon Chung. 2014. Enhancing Training Motivation in the Public Sector in South Korea: The Value of a Contingency Approach. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 36(4), 301-312. Abstract.

Vincent Welch, Jr., and Yong H. Kim. 2011. Race/Ethnicity and Arts Participation: Findings from the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. Monograph to the Research Division, National Endowment for the Arts. Abstract.

Chan-ung Park, Yong H. Kim, and Kwanwoo Kim. 2011. Category Spanning and Audience Consensus on Audience Appeal: Contingency of Multiple Category Membership Effect in the Korean Film Market. Korean Journal of Sociology 45(6): 131-152. Abstract.

Jai-june Kim, Yong H. Kim, and Doug-Joo Chang. 2011. An Empirical Study of Cosmetics Consumption in Media and Advertising. Journal of Economic Theory and Econometrics 22(4): 76-98 (in Korean). Abstract.

Yong Suk Jang, Munseok Cho, Jang Hoon Jung, Yong H. Kim, and Jungyoon Choi. 2011. Governance in a New Society. Society and Theory 18: 237–281 (in Korean). Abstract.

Yong H. Kim. 2009. Can Social Enterprise Stand for Persons with Disabilities? The Case of Korean Social Enterprises, 2007–2008. Journal of Asian Public Policy 2(3): 293–308. Abstract.

Jai-june Kim and Yong H. Kim. 2009. A Study of Store Names and Identity in Seoul: A Comparative Study of Chongro and Kangnam District. Korean Corporation Management Review 16(1):113–135 (in Korean). Abstract.