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Yasemin Kor

Yasemin Kor

Beckwith Professor of Management Studies

BS (Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi), MBA, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Research interests

Strategy formulation and renewal; CEO and executive team competencies (human and social capital); corporate governance (board of directors).

Subject group: Strategy & International Business

Professional experience

Yasemin Y. Kor is Beckwith Professor of Management Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School. She received her MBA and PhD in Business Administration from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Kor's research focuses on the intersections of strategy formulation and renewal, top management teams, and corporate governance. She studies strategy as a configuration of resources and capabilities that are uniquely assembled to achieve a purpose. In her research, she examines how organisations differ in ways in which they manage and govern their resources and capabilities. She has done industry-based research on firms in medical devices industry, biotechnology industry, professional service firms (law firms), food and beverage industry (conventional and organic food producers), transportation industry, and international social ventures.

Professor Kor is a former US Fulbright Research Scholar and served as an Associate Editor of Journal of Management, a premier research journal. She serves on the editorial boards of Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, and International Journal of Strategic Change Management. She served as an elected member of the Business Policy and Strategy Division Research Committee at the Academy of Management, and as a Representative at Large for the Corporate Strategy IG at the Strategic Management Society.

Previous appointments

Prior to joining the School as the Beckwith Chair, Yasemin Y. Kor was an Associate Professor of Management and Moore Research Fellow at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

Awards & honours

  • Emerald Citation of Excellence Award (for the paper "Dynamic managerial capabilities: configuration and orchestration of the top executives' capabilities and the firm's dominant logic" by Kor and Mesko (2013), Strategic Management Journal), 2016
  • Elected Research Committee Member, Academy of Management, Business Policy and Strategy Division – Selecting BPS Dissertation Competition judge, 2015-present
  • Darla Moore Research Fellow, 2014-2015
  • US Fulbright Research Scholar, Fall 2013
  • Elected Representative-at-Large, Strategic Management Society - Corporate Strategy Interest Group, 2009-2011
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management, BPS Division, 1999, 2004, 2007
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Midwest Academy of Management, 1999

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Yasemin Kor's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Pettus, M.L., Kor, Y.Y., Mahoney, J.T. and Michael, S.C. (2018) "Sequencing and timing of strategic responses after industry disruption: evidence from post-deregulation competition in the US railroad industry." Strategic Organization (DOI: 10.1177/1476127017743502) (published online Nov 2017; forthcoming in print)

Chen, P.-L., Kor, Y., Mahoney, J.T. and Tan, D. (2017) "Pre-market-entry experience and post-market-entry learning of the board of directors: implications for post-entry performance." Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 11(4): 441–463 (DOI: 10.1002/sej.1251)

Kor, Y.Y., Mahoney, J.T., Siemsen, E. and Tan, D. (2016) "Penrose's The theory of the growth of the firm: an exemplar of engaged scholarship." Production and Operations Management, 25(10): 1727-1744 (DOI: 10.1111/poms.12572)

Mahoney, J.T. and Kor Y.Y. (2015) "Combining capability and governance perspectives to advance human capital research." Academy of Management Perspectives, 29(3): 296-308 (DOI: 10.5465/amp.2014.0151)

Sundaramurthy, C., Pukthuanthong, K. and Kor, Y. (2014) "Positive and negative synergies between the CEO's and the corporate board's human and social capital: a study of biotechnology firms." Strategic Management Journal, 35(6): 845-868 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.2137)

Kor, Y.Y. and Mesko, A. (2013) "Dynamic managerial capabilities: configuration and orchestration of top executives' capabilities and the firm's dominant logic." Strategic Management Journal, 34(2): 233-244 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.2000)

Journal articles

Kor, Y.Y. and Mahoney, J.T. (2000) "Penrose's resource-based approach: the process and product of research creativity." Journal of Management Studies, 37(1): 109-139

Kor, Y.Y. (2003) "Experience-based top management team competence and sustained growth." Organization Science, 14(6): 707-719

Kor, Y.Y. and Mahoney, J.T. (2004) "Edith Penrose's (1959) Contributions to the resource-based view of strategic management." Journal of Management Studies, 41(1): 183-191 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2004.00427.x)

Kor, Y.Y. and Mahoney, J.T. (2005) "How dynamics, management, and governance of resource deployments influence firm-level performance." Strategic Management Journal, 26(5): 489-496 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.459)

Kor Y.Y. and Leblebici, H. (2005) "How do interdependencies among human-capital deployment, development, and diversification strategies affect firms' financial performance?" Strategic Management Journal, 26(10): 967-985 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.485)

Kor, Y.Y. (2006) "Direct and interaction effects of top management team and board compositions on R&D investment strategy." Strategic Management Journal, 27(11): 1081-1099 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.554)

Kor, Y.Y., Mahoney, J.T., and Michael, S.C. (2007) "Resources, capabilities, and entrepreneurial perceptions." Journal of Management Studies, 44(7): 1185-1210 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2007.00727.x)

Foss, N.J., Klein, P.G., Kor, Y.Y., and Mahoney, J.T. (2008) "Entrepreneurship, subjectivism, and the resource-based view: towards a new synthesis." Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2(1): 73-94 (DOI: 10.1002/sej.41)

Kor, Y.Y. and Misangyi, V.F. (2008) "Outside directors' industry-specific experience and firms' liability of newness." Strategic Management Journal, 29(12): 1345-1355 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.709)

Pettus, M.L., Kor, Y.Y. and Mahoney, J.T. (2009) "A theory of change in turbulent environments: the sequencing of dynamic capabilities following industry deregulation." International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 1(3): 186-212 (DOI: 10.1504/IJSCM.2009.024509)

Kor, Y.Y. and Sundaramurthy, C. (2009) "Experience-based human capital and social capital of outside directors." Journal of Management, 35(4): 981-1006 (DOI: 10.1177/0149206308321551)

Harris, D. and Kor, Y. (2013) "Role of human capital in scaling social entrepreneurship." Journal of Management for Global Sustainability, 1(2): 163-172 (DOI: 10.13185/JM2013.01210)

Kor, Y.Y. and Mesko, A. (2013) "Dynamic managerial capabilities: configuration and orchestration of top executives' capabilities and the firm's dominant logic." Strategic Management Journal, 34(2): 233-244 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.2000)

Sundaramurthy, C., Pukthuanthong, K. and Kor, Y. (2014) "Positive and negative synergies between the CEO's and the corporate board's human and social capital: a study of biotechnology firms." Strategic Management Journal, 35(6): 845-868 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.2137)

Mahoney, J.T. and Kor Y.Y. (2015) "Combining capability and governance perspectives to advance human capital research." Academy of Management Perspectives, 29(3): 296-308 (DOI: 10.5465/amp.2014.0151)

Kor, Y.Y., Mahoney, J.T., Siemsen, E. and Tan, D. (2016) "Penrose's The theory of the growth of the firm: an exemplar of engaged scholarship." Production and Operations Management, 25(10): 1727-1744 (DOI: 10.1111/poms.12572)

Kor, Y.Y., Prabhu, J. and Esposito, M. (2017) "How large food retailers can help solve the food waste crisis." Harvard Business Review, 19 December 2017

Chen, P.-L., Kor, Y., Mahoney, J.T. and Tan, D. (2017) "Pre-market-entry experience and post-market-entry learning of the board of directors: implications for post-entry performance." Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 11(4): 441–463 (DOI: 10.1002/sej.1251)

Pettus, M.L., Kor, Y.Y., Mahoney, J.T. and Michael, S.C. (2018) "Sequencing and timing of strategic responses after industry disruption: evidence from post-deregulation competition in the US railroad industry." Strategic Organization (DOI: 10.1177/1476127017743502) (published online Nov 2017; forthcoming in print)

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Contact details

Yasemin Kor
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 748811

y.kor@jbs.cam.ac.uk

www.yaseminkor.com