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SEOJIN KIM

PhD Candidate in Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland

 

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. My primary research areas include entrepreneurship, industry emergence, and innovation. 

In my dissertation, I study how the heterogeneous origins of firm capabilities affect the entrepreneurial actions of different firms and the structure of nascent industries. My overarching theoretical framework builds on the view of the technological system (Arthur, 2009​). I conduct a contextual deep-dive study of the prosthetic limb industry. I offer quantitative evidence for key relationships of interest and provide the best possible explanations for underlying mechanisms with qualitative evidence obtained through fieldwork. 


With this focus, my job market paper examines how startups originating from heterogeneous knowledge contexts differ in their technological and value chain positioning. I integrate the disconnected research streams on entrepreneurial origins, by systematically examining three types of startups born in different knowledge contexts within the same industry - namely academic, user, and employee startups. My first chapter examines the emergence of the bionic prosthetic limb market, in part powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovations. I highlight the role of old technological capabilities created in an obsolescing industry, a new mechanism that shapes the technological base of nascent industries.


My dissertation has been supported by the Kauffman research foundation and the Strategy Research Foundation (SRF).

Inspired by my dissertation work, my other projects examine macro- and micro-level factors that may influence innovation productivity, firm performance, and market creation. For these projects, I mainly use quasi-experimental designs with large datasets and utilize the context of healthcare sectors or patenting activities.

Before joining academia, I worked as a Manager at SK Telecom's headquarter in Seoul where I engaged in corporate finance and investor relations. I also have short-term work experience in IBM's business consulting division and a local publishing company in Korea. These experiences affect both my research and teaching.

 

RESEARCH

1. “THE IMPACT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ON COMMERCIALIZATION OF FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH”

With Rafael Corredoira, Brent Goldfarb, & Anne Marie Knott 

[A previous version available on SSRN: click here]

2. “WEATHERING A DEMAND SHOCK: FIRM DOWNSTREAM (NON-)INTEGRATION AND MARKET EXIT”

With Najoung Lim & Rajshree Agarwal; Stage: Under review at Strategic Management Journal


[Manuscript available upon request]

3. “PRIOR EXPERIENCE OF ENTREPRENEURS AND MARKET STRATEGY”, (JOB MARKET PAPER; DISSERTATION CH.2)

[Manuscript available upon request]

Keywords: pre-entry knowledge; academic, user, and employee startups; entrepreneurial strategy

I investigate whether and how the sources of entrepreneurial knowledge, including academic, user, and employee startups, may shape a new venture’s value capture strategy and subsequent performance. I use a mixed-methods approach by combining quantitative evidence with extensive fieldwork. I assemble a unique longitudinal dataset of active and inactive firms created between 1991-2017 within the prosthetic limb market. My data measures diverse sources of entrepreneurial knowledge and subsequent firm-level outcomes such as technological choice (nascent vs. standard) and product integration (component vs. final assembly). The quantitative results suggest that academic startups were most likely to choose nascent technology than all of the other types. Also, employee startups were most likely to integrate technological subcomponents into a technological system for users. Through qualitative data, I offer the best possible explanations for the statistical results.

4. “MAPPING (RADICAL) TECHNOLOGY EVOLUTION TO FIRM CAPABILITIES”, (DISSERTATION CH.1)

[Manuscript available upon request]

Keywords: nascent industries; value capture; technological capabilities; artificial intelligence (AI); medical innovations

This essay explores how and when capabilities created in an obsolescing industry may affect the strategic reconfiguration of heterogeneous firms during the emergence of a new-to-the-world product market. I examine the creation and deployment process of heterogeneous firm capabilities with a sample of established firms from the obsolescing industry, those from other industries, and entrepreneurial firms that invested in the emerging technologies during the nascent stage of the bionic prosthetic market. The preliminary results suggest that conditional on technological investments, incumbent firms had the advantage of entering the nascent market, and they served as the most salient buyers of the new technological capabilities through the markets for technology and control. The qualitative evidence highlights that prior experience of developing and offering products in the obsolescing industry may be critical in the product R&D process and commercialization in the new market.

5. “THE IMPACT OF GENDER MATCHING BETWEEN INVENTORS AND PATENT EXAMINERS ON PATENT OUTCOMES”

With Brent Goldfarb; Stage: Preliminary results

6. “DARPA’S GRAND CHALLENGE AND THE NEURO-PROSTHETIC INNOVATION”

Stage: Work in Progress–preliminary analysis

 
 

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