Mooweon Rhee
Shidler College Distinguished Professor
Professor of Management
Cooperating Graduate Faculty of Sociology
Shidler College of Business
University of Hawaii
2404 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822



Ph.D., Stanford University (1998-2003)
Graduate School of Business
Department of Organizational Behavior
Co-chairs: James G. March & Pamela R. Haunschild

Ph.D. Student, UCLA (1997-1998)
The Anderson Graduate School of Management
Department of Management and Organizations

M.B.A., Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (1991-1993)
School of Business
Co-advisors: Sei-Chull Oh & Yong-Hak Kim

B.B.A., Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (1987-1991)
School of Business


Shidler College Distinguished Professor/Professor of Management, University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business (2012-present)
Cooperating Graduate Faculty, University of Hawaii, Department of Sociology (2007-present)
Associate Faculty, University of Hawaii, Center for Korean Studies (2005-present)
Shidler College Distinguished Associate Professor (2009-2012)
Associate Professor of Management, University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business (2008-2012)
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Yonsei University, College of Business (2010)
Shidler College Faculty Fellow, University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business (2007-2008)
Assistant Professor of Management, University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business (2004-2008)
Co-director, Stanford Project on Entrepreneurial Education (2003-2004)
Visiting Scholar, Stanford Graduate School of Business (2003-2004)
Research Associate, Stanford Project on Software / Incubating Industry in East Asia (2000-2003)
Research Associate, Stanford Project on Globalization in the Silicon Valley Workplace (1999-2000)
Instructor, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Korea (1997)
Research Associate, POSCO Research Institue, Korea (1995-1996)
Air Traffic Controller, Korean Army, Korea (1993-1995)


Organizational Learning
Organizational Identity/Reputation
Social Networks
Asia-Based Theories of Organizations


Organization Theory (Ph.D. Students)
Strategic Management (Undergraduate Students)


Academic Associations
The Winner of the 2014 SO!WHAT Best Paper Award (with Tohyun Kim), Strategic Organization (2014)
The 2010 Winner of Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives Award (with Young-Choon Kim), Pacific Sociological Association, Seattle (2011)
The National Research Foundation of Korea Grant (with Taeyoung Yoo and Reinhard Bachmann), Korean Government (2010-2013)
• Ascendant Scholar Award for 2009, Western Academy of Management, Midway (2009)
The 2003 Winner of the West Publishing Best Paper Award (with Pamela R. Haunschild), Academy of Management, Seattle (2003)
• The 1999 Winner of the Annual Labor and Employment Relations Associatoin Student Writing Competition, Boston (2000)

University of Hawaii
• Shidler College Distinguished Professorship (2012-present)
• Shidler College Distinguished Associate Professorship (2009-2012)
• Shidler College Faculty Fellowship (2007-2008)
• The 2007-2008 Winner of the Shirley M. Lee Research Award, Shidler College of Business
• The 2005-2006 Winner of the Shidler College of Business Research Award
• Research Productivity Award (2005-2008)
• Research Award from CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research) (2004-2006, 2009)
• Research Award for the Financial Times Top-40 Journal Publication (2004, 2006, 2009)

Stanford University
• David S. Tappan, Jr. Fellowship (2002-2003)
• Clarke A. and Elizabeth Stuart Nelson Fellowship (2002-2003)
• C. Gordon Knight Fund (2001-2002)
• Leland F. and Margaret Perry Johnson Fellowship (2001-2002)
• William F. Miller Award (1999)
• John A. McCarthy Memorial Fellowship (1998-2000)

• Graduates Excellence Fellowship (1997–1998)


Refereed Journals and Book Chapters

Rhee, Mooweon, and Tohyun Kim. 2014. “Great vessels take a long time to mature: Early success traps and competences in exploitation and exploration.” Organization Science, 25: forthcoming.

Powell, K. Skylar, and Mooweon Rhee. 2014. “Experience in different institutional environments and foreign subsidiary ownership structure.” Journal of Management, 40: forthcoming.

Rhee, Mooweon, and Tohyun Kim. 2014. “Identity-based learning and segregation in social networks under different institutional environments.” Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, 20: forthcoming.

Chandler, David, Pamela R. Haunschild, Mooweon Rhee, and Christine M. Beckman. 2013. “The effects of firm reputation and status on interorganizational network structure.” Strategic Organization, 11: 217-244.

Golub, Alex, and Mooweon Rhee. 2013. “Traction: The role of executives in localising global mining and petroleum industries in Papua New Guinea.” Paideuma, 59: 215-236.

Rhee, Mooweon, and Tohyun Kim. 2013. “Exploration and exploitation.” In D. J. Teece and M.-A. Augier (eds.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rhee, Mooweon, Daegyu Yang, and Taeyoung Yoo. 2013. “National culture and friendship homophily in the multinational workplace.” Asian Business & Management, 12: 299-320.

Ma, Dali, Mooweon Rhee, and Daegyu Yang. 2013. “Power source mismatch and the effectiveness of interorganizational relations: The case of venture capital syndication.” Academy of Management Journal, 56: 711-734.

Yoo, Taeyoung, and Mooweon Rhee. 2013. “Agency theory and the context for R&D investment: Evidence from Korea.” Asian Business & Management, 12: 227-252.

Kim, Young-Choon, Jane W. Lu, and Mooweon Rhee. 2012. “Learning from age difference: Interorganizational learning and survival in Japanese foreign subsidiaries.” Journal of International Business Studies, 43: 719-745.

Rhee, Mooweon, and Tohyun Kim. 2012. “After the collapse: A behavioral theory of reputation repair.” In M. L. Barnett and T. G. Pollock (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Reputation: 446-465. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ahn, Mihyang, Mooweon Rhee, Daegyu Yang, and Inyong Shin. 2012. “Breaking the distance: Asian films, U.S. critics, and comparison strategies.” Development and Society, 41: 149-175.

Chai, Sun-Ki, and Mooweon Rhee. 2012. “East Asian firms should let employees have external networks.” Chinese Management Insights, 1: 18-20 (in Chinese) & 66-68 (in English).

Rhee, Mooweon, and Robin J. Hadwick. 2011. “Repairing damages to reputations: A relational and behavioral perspective.” In R. J. Burke, G. Martin, and C. L. Cooper (eds.), Corporate Reputation: Managing Threats and Opportunities: 305-325. Surry: Gower Publishing.

Kim, Young-Choon, and Mooweon Rhee. 2010. “The contingent effect of social networks on organizational commitment: A comparison of instrumental and expressive ties in a multinational high-technology company” Sociological Perspectives, 53: 479-502.
(The 2010 Winner of Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives Award, Pacific Sociological Association)

Kang, Jina, Mooweon Rhee, and Ki H. Kang. 2010. “Revisiting knowledge transfer: Effects of knowledge characteristics on organizational effort for knowledge transfer.” Expert Systems with Applications, 37: 8155-8160.

Rhee, Mooweon. 2010. “The pursuit of shared wisdom in class: When classical Chinese thinkers meet James March.” Academy of Management Learning & Education, 9: 258-279.

Chai, Sun-Ki, and Mooweon Rhee. 2010. “Confucian capitalism and the paradox of closure and structural holes in East Asian firms.” Management and Organization Review, 6: 5-29.

Rhee, Mooweon. 2009. “Does reputation contribute to reducing organizational errors? A learning approach.” Journal of Management Studies, 46: 676-703.

Kim, Tohyun, and Mooweon Rhee. 2009. “Exploration and exploitation: Internal variety and environmental dynamism.” Strategic Organization, 7: 11-41.
(The Winner of the 2014 SO!WHAT Best Paper Award)

Rhee, Mooweon, and Michael E. Valdez. 2009. “Contextual factors surrounding reputation damage with potential implications for reputation repair.” Academy of Management Review, 34: 146-168.

Rhee, Mooweon, and Ji-Hwan Lee. 2008. “The signals outside directors send to foreign investors: Evidence from Korea.” Corporate Governance: An International Review, 16: 41-51.

Rhee, Mooweon. 2007. “The time relevance of social capital.” Rationality and Society, 19: 367-389.

Rhee, Mooweon, Young-Choon Kim, and Joon Han. 2006. “Confidence in imitation: Niche-width strategy in the UK automobile industry.” Management Science, 52: 501-513.

Rhee, Mooweon, and Pamela R. Haunschild. 2006. “The liability of good reputation: A study of product recalls in the U.S. automobile industry.” Organization Science, 17: 101-117.

Jang, Yong Suk, and Mooweon Rhee. 2006. “Resource mobilization and business incubation: The case of Korean incubators.” Development and Society, 35: 29-46.

Haunschild, Pamela R., and Mooweon Rhee. 2004. “The role of volition in organizational learning: The case of automotive product recalls.” Management Science, 50: 1545-1560.

Rhee, Mooweon. 2004. “Network updating and exploratory learning environment.” Journal of Management Studies, 41: 933-949.

Kim, Yong-Hak, and Mooweon Rhee. 2000. (written in Korean) “Manufacturing trust in small firms networks: The case of C-family.” Social Critics, 25: 100-128.

Refereed Proceedings

Rhee, Mooweon, and Pamela R. Haunschild. 2003. “The liability of good reputation: A study of product recalls in the U.S. automobile industry.” The Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
(The 2003 West Publishing best paper winner, Academy of Management)

Rhee, Mooweon. 2000. “The effects of network structure and content on learning environments in the workplace.” Proceedings of the 52nd IRRA (Industrial Relations Research Association) Meeting, 280-296.
(The 1999 winner of the annual Labor and Employment Relations Association student writing competition)

Teaching Cases

Kim, Jae-Gu, Mooweon Rhee, and William P. Barnett. 2008. “Hyundai motor company in China.” Stanford Graduate School of Business / Harvard Business School, Case Number: IB91.

Rhee, Mooweon, William P. Barnett, and James G. March. 2003. “Hyundai motor company.” Stanford Graduate School of Business / Harvard Business School, Case Number: SM122.


Senior Edior, Management and Organization Review (2013 ~ 2018)
Guest Editor (with Mie Augier, James G. March, and Xueguang Zhou) for Management and Organization Review’s Special Issue on "Ambiguity and decision making in Chinese organizations and thought"
Ad hoc Reviewer: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Business and Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, Management Science, Organization Science
Faculty Member, Beta Gamma Sigma, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii (2005~present)
Member of the Gerson Lehrman Group Councils (2006~present)
Academic Member: Academy of Management, American Sociological Association, INFORMS

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