I am Eunkwang Seo, a PhD candidate in Strategic Management at the Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am in the 2020-2021 job market.
My research seeks to understand how firms acquire, combine, and retain human capital for innovation. In my dissertation, I am studying the relationship between within-firm collaboration among inventors and their inter-firm mobility. Utilizing quasi-experimental settings, I show that firms’ efforts to create more value through collaboration can increase inventors’ mobility, ultimately reducing their ability to capture more value from their knowledge assets. I also find that employee mobility barriers can facilitate collaboration within firms by mitigating the concern for value capture.
My dissertation research has received several grants and awards, including SRF Dissertation Grant, SMS Best Interdisciplinary Paper Award (Strategic Human Capital IG), SERI Best Doctoral Student Paper Award, and PDMA Dissertation Proposal Competition Award (first place).
University webpage: https://giesbusiness.illinois.edu/profile/eunkwang-seo