CHO, Theresa S.

Professor of Strategic Management


Professor Introduction

Theresa Cho is Professor of Strategic Management and International Business at Seoul National University Business School. She has also served as the Deputy Vice President of International Affairs at Seoul National University, as well as the President of Association of Korean Management Scholars, Representative-at-Large for Strategic Management Society, and Vice President of Korean Strategic Management Society. From 2018, she also serves as the Director for Harvard Alumni Association for International Clubs, overseeing alumni organizations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Before joining SNU in 2007, Professor Cho served as Associate Professor (with tenure) at Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey. She received an A. B.(with honors) in Economics from Harvard College, Harvard University, and received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Strategic Management from Columbia Business School, Columbia University.

Professor Cho’s current research interests focus on strategic leadership, with a particular emphasis on the effects of managerial cognition and corporate governance on organizational processes. She has published extensively on several topics including: the role of managerial cognition in strategic response to the financial crisis, the linkage between top management team attributes and the firm’s behavior in the interfirm competition, executives’ attributes and alliance formation of venture startups in high-tech industries, the impact of environmental shift on managerial incentive system, and the effects of competitor dynamics on market and resource heterogeneity.

Professor Cho’s research has been published in several top-tier scholarly journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Research in Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Business Research. Her study on strategic leadership and organizational adaptation was selected as the finalist for the William Newman Award by the Academy of Management. In addition, her dissertation based on airline industry deregulation was chosen by faculty for the With Distinction honor, given only to the top 1% of the graduating doctoral candidates at Columbia University each year. She was the recipient of the Thomas H. Mott Award for Teaching Excellence, Rutgers Business School in 2004, and General Electric Teaching Fellowship in 2001.

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Education & Experiences

[EDUCATION]


  1. Ph.D. Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York, NY With Distinction. Concentration: Strategic Management

  2. M.Phil. Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York, NY Department of Management of Organizations

  3. A.B. Harvard College, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA With Honors. Concentration: Economics



[ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS]

  1. 2013-present College of Business Administration & Graduate School of Business Seoul National University Professor of Strategy & International Business

  2. 2015-2016 Seoul National University Deputy Vice President of International Affairs

  3. 2015-2016 Seoul National University Director of the China Center

  4. 2013-2015 College of Business Administration & Graduate School of Business Seoul National University Associate Dean of International Affairs

  5. 2008-2013 College of Business Administration & Graduate School of Business Seoul National University Associate Professor of Strategy & International Business

  6. 2007-2008 Rutgers Business School-Newark & New Brunswick, Rutgers University Associate Professor (with tenure) in Strategic Management

  7. 1999-2006 Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University Assistant Professor in Strategic Management



[SELECTED PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS]

  1. 2018-present Harvard Alumni Association Director (Appointed) for International Clubs and SIGs, Asia-Pacific Region

  2. 2018-present Strategic Management Society Representative-at-Large (Elected), Behavioral Strategy Interest Group

  3. 2016-2017 Korean Strategic Management Society Vice President

  4. 2014-2015 Association of Korean Management Scholars President

  5. 2013-2015 Seoul National University Business School Associate Dean of International Affairs



[SELECTED AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS]

  1. Finalist and Honorable Metion, 2018 Meeting of the Strategic Management Society, “Kindred Spirits: The Influence of Cognitive Frame Similarity on Contingency Planning in Strategic Alliances,” (with M, Hanisch, A. Koenig, C. Haussler, C. and L. Graf-Vlachy).

  2. Best Paper Award, Strategic Management Society Cooperative Interest Group, “Kindred Spirits: The Influence of Cognitive Frame Similarity on Contingency Planning in Strategic Alliances,” (with M, Hanisch, A. Koenig, C. Haussler, C. and L. Graf-Vlachy). 2018.

  3. Elected as the Representative-at-Large, Strategic Management Society, Behavioral Strategy Interest Group, 2018-present.

  4. Finalist & Honorable Mention, 2018 Strategic Management Society Best Paper Prize, “Kindred Spirits: The Influence of Cognitive Frame Similarity on Contingency Planning in Strategic Alliances,” (with M, Hanisch, A. Koenig, C. Haussler, C. and L. Graf-Vlachy).

  5. The Best Conference Paper Prize, Strategic Management Society Cooperative Interest Group, “Kindred Spirits: The Influence of Cognitive Frame Similarity on Contingency Planning in Strategic Alliances,” (with M, Hanisch, A. Koenig, C. Haussler, C. and L. Graf-Vlachy). 2018.

  6. Elected as the Representative-at-Large, Strategic Management Society, Behavioral Strategy Interest Group, 2018-present.

  7. Research Fellowship, Chair of Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, University of Passau, 2015.

  8. Institute of Management Research Grant, Seoul National University, 2008-2014.

  9. The Best Alliance Program Research Award, 2013.

  10. Korea Research Foundation Young Faculty Research Award, 2009.

  11. Thomas H. Mott Award for Teaching Excellence, Rutgers Business School, 2004.

  12. Finalist, The William Newman Award for the Best Paper Based on Dissertation, Academy of Management, 2001.

  13. Rutgers Business School Technological Management Research Center Grant, 2003-2004.

  14. GE Teaching Fellow, 2000-2001.

Publications

[PUBLICATIONS]


  1. Cho, C. K., Cho, T. S., and Lee, J. “Managerial attributes, consumer proximity, and corporate environmental performance,” Forthcoming in Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management.

  2. Cho, C. K. and Cho, T. S. 2018. “On averting disappointment: Remedying the impact of shifting expectations,” Frontiers in Psychology. In Press.

  3. Hanisch, M., Koenig, A., Haussler, C., Graf-Vlachy, L. & Cho, T. S. 2018. “The Influence of cognitive frame similarity on contingency planning in strategic alliances,” The Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings.

  4. Chung, D., Kang, J. and Cho, T. S. 2018. “TMT knowledge specificity, organization search scope and innovation performance,” International Journal of Technology Management, 78: 208-233.

  5. Choi, J. N., Sung, S. Y., & Cho, T. S. 2014. “Creative contribution of individuals in groups: Effects of goal orientation and participative safety,” Social Behavior and Personality, 41.

  6. Mack, D. and Cho, T. S. 2011. “SK Telecom R11; Going for the global leadership,” Asian Case Research Journal, 15:2.

  7. Ahn, K. J., Chae, H. W., Song, J. Y. and Cho, T. S. 2009. “The effects of founder-CEO attributes on alliance formation of venture startups: The social network perspective,” Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings.

  8. Cho, T. S. and Shen, W. 2007. “Exploring the linkage between environmental shift and changes in executive compensation: The role of executive turnover,” Strategic Management Journal, 28:747-754.

  9. Cho, T. S. and Hambrick, D. 2006. “Attention patterns as mediators between top management team characteristics and strategic change: The case of airline deregulation,” Organization Science, 17:453-469.

  10. Cho, T. S. 2006. “The effects of executive turnover on top management team's environmental scanning behavior after an environmental change,” Journal of Business Research, 59:1142-1150.

  11. Shen, W. and Cho, T. S. 2005. “Exploring involuntary executive turnover through a managerial discretion framework,” Academy of Management Review, 30:843-862.

  12. Hambrick, D.C., Finkelstein, S., Cho, T.S., and Jackson, E. M. 2005. “Isomorphism in reverse: Institutional theory as an explanation for recent increases in intraindustry heterogenity and managerial discretion,” Research in Organizational Behavior (Issue 26). Staw, B. and Kramer, R. M. (Ed). Berkeley: Elsevier.

  13. Cho, T. S. 2001. “The Effects of top executive team composition, pay structure and attention on strategic change: A case of airline deregulation,” Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings (nominated for the William Newman Best Paper Award Based on Dissertation).

  14. Hambrick, D. C., Cho, T. S., and Chen, M. J. 1996. “Top management team heterogeneity and competitive behaviors of the firm," Administrative Science Quarterly, 41: 659-684. Reprinted in Corporate Governance in the New Global Economy, 2004. Keasey, K., Thompson, S. and Wright, M. (Ed.). Surrey, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

  15. Cho, T. S., Hambrick, D. C. and Chen, M. J. 1994. "The effects of top management characteristics on competitive behaviors of firms," Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings.



[Articles in Korean Journals]

  1. Cho, T. S. 2013. “No longer a singular market: An exploratory study of divergent preferences of Chinese consumers as revealed through online forums for automobiles,” International Business Journal. Vol. 24(2).

  2. Cho, T. S. 2011. “Environmental scanning behavior of the top managers: A regulatory focus model,” Seoul Journal of Business. Vol. 17(2): 151-166.

  3. Cho, T. S. 2011.”Exploring the effects of macrocultural forces on institutional isomorphism,” Journal of Strategic Management. 14 (2): 77-92.

  4. Cho, T. S. 2009. “Managerial attention and organizational adaptation following an environmental shift,” Korean Management Review.

  5. Ahn, K.J., Chae, H., Song, J. and Cho, T. S. 2009. “The effects of founder-CEO attributes on alliance formation of venture start-ups: A social network perspective,” Korean Business Review, 38 (6): 1545-1572.