PHD Business Management Research

February 24, 2012


The first academic research I engaged in was a project commissioned by the XXXX Bank. When I was a Senior at XXXX University, Professor XXXX asked me to assist him with his investigation of the reasons behind a recent surge of Korean patents in the US. My responsibility was to write a case study on the Korean semiconductor industry, which played a central role in increased patents. I wrote a qualitative case in English along with four other graduate students and learned invaluable teamwork skills. This study was published in 2003 as a research report. What is Behind the Surge in Korean Patenting? by the XXXX Bank. I also assisted Professor XXXX with his study of XXXX's core competence from multiple perspectives. Through collaboration with the XXXX Economic Research Institute, I was responsible for conducting literature reviews on various topics including but not limited to core competence, synergy, corporate governance, diversification, and organizational learning and I presented my findings at weekly meetings. The result of this research was published as a research report in 2004.

I am presently working as a research assistant at the Graduate School of Business Administration at XXXX University. I am assisting Professor XXXX with his research on the knowledge management strategy of multinational corporations, which is a collaborative work with Professor XXXX of XXXX University. This research examines the internationalization process of activities of US, European, and Asian companies from an evolutionary perspective. My main responsibility is to conduct research on each company's internationalization process according to functional areas and collect quantitative data ready for analysis. During this process, I am learning how to manage a joint research project and gaining familiarity with Japanese databases. I feel strongly that my studies, coupled with my research experience, have provided me with the knowledge and skills that make me an excellent candidate for doctoral study in this field. My enthusiasm and good cheer, coupled with sound fundamentals in management theory will provide me with the driving force that I will need to be a successful life-long researcher.

Throughout my Master's program at XXXX University, I struggled to refine my analytical skills and research capabilities concerning strategic management, organization, and international business, resting on a solid foundation of statistics and methodology. My most relevant academic experience in research has been assisting Professor XXXX in writing a report on XXXX's core competence. This experience has helped me to better understand that research is what means most to me in my professional life. Writing my master's thesis was also a most important learning experience preparing me for doctoral study. The thesis investigated factors influencing founder-CEO replacements in venture companies and in Korean entrepreneurial firms. Drawing on three different perspectives, namely the organizational life cycle, founder-CEO characteristics, and founder-CEO's power, I developed a conceptual framework and collected data from DART, the electronic disclosure system of the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS); the Company Data of XXXX, and KINDS, the database of the Korea Press Foundation. This was the first study of this kind to be conducted in Korea, since it dealt with event-history analysis performed using STATA. This study is now under second review at the Korean Management Review and I am presenting an updated English version at the 5th Asia Academy of Management (AAoM) this December. I profoundly enjoyed all phases of the research process, especially developing hypotheses, the collection of data, and running statistical analyses as well as drawing conclusions. I am especially enamored with the discussion of critical issues in management with professors and colleagues. I am very pleased that my academic research has been appreciated by renowned researchers in the field.

I look forward to learning a great deal more about corporate governance in the Ph.D. program at the XXXX School of Business, especially topics related to CEOs and top management teams. Building on my previous research, I want to continue to study the consequences of founder-CEO replacement, and how entrenched CEOs influence a firm's performance. I am interested in the management of innovation and technology and would like to investigate how different technology acquisition strategies, including networks, lead to innovation and, in turn, to competitive advantage in the high-tech industry.

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