Yeun Joon Kim

Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour

BS (Yonsei University), BA, MS (Seoul National University), PhD (University of Toronto)

My research focuses on creativity, culture creation, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). In my work on creativity, I explore how work-relevant information (e.g., feedback and information structure) impacts creativity. Regarding culture creation, I investigate why leaders often fail to create functional cultures and how organisations can create functional cultures. My interest in AI centres around human-AI collaboration. I investigate the types of people who would benefit the most from collaborating with AI and whether such collaboration has an impact on human psychology.

My work has been published in top academic journals, such as Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. I currently serve on the editorial board of Academy of Management Journal.

Recruitment of Volunteer Research Assistants

Dr Kim is currently recruiting volunteers who can help his research. For more information, please email Dr Kim.

Professional experience

Dr Yeun Joon Kim has engaged in several collaborations with and consulting activities for various organisations. He helps organisations continuously innovate their work processes and products, create functional cultures, and train their leaders to be more effective in leading employees. He works with Invesco, Schroders, Ninety One, Border to Coast, and LGIM to investigate the topics of diversity, equality, and inclusion. He also collaborates with the Institute of Metabolic Science in the University of Cambridge, E-ACT, and Providus Bank to diagnose their current cultures and help them create functional cultures. He also works with Kyobo Lifeplanet to create organisational visions, restructure its organisational structure, and develop marketing strategies based on segmentation, targeting, and positioning. He is currently an Independent Director of Kyobo Lifeplanet.


Selected publications

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Kim, Y.J., McRuer, G. and Hirsh, J.B. (2020) “Creativity in the workplace.” In: Carducci, B.J. (ed.) The Wiley encyclopedia of personality and individual differences: vol.iv: Clinical, applied, and cross-cultural research. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, pp.465-470

Awards and honours

  • Collaboration with Institute for Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge for the Wellcome Award (2023)
  • Winner, Faculty Transnational Research Award, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2020
  • Finalist, Alvah Chapman Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2020
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2017-2018
  • Finalist, EURAM Most Inspirational Paper Award, 2017
  • Winner, Samsung Economic Research Institute Best Paper Awards, 2016
  • James Paopst Fellowship, 2015-2016
  • National Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Research Scholarship, Korean Student Aid Foundation (KOSAF), 2012-2013

News and insights

How can organisations adopt fit-for-purpose cultures?

Organisations should follow a four-stage model for creating functional cultures that includes analysing different "environmental" changes, says a study co-authored by Yeun Joon Kim of Cambridge Judge Business School.

Filmgoers only want a bit of

As the Academy Awards approach, a new study from Cambridge Judge Business School, based on nearly 50,000 customer reviews, questions just how 'novel' moviegoers really want their films to be.

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Paper by Yeun Joon Kim and Yingyue Luan of Cambridge Judge wins Faculty Transnational Research Award of the Academy of Management. A paper authored at Cambridge Judge Business School on how leaders adapt their behaviour based on their perceptions of the group culture and their followers' attitudes has been named winner of the 2020 Faculty Transnational Research Award by the Academy of Management. The paper by Dr Yeun Joon Kim, University Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour, and PhD student Yingyue Luan was awarded by the Gender and Diversity in Organisations Division of the Academy of Management. The award goes to the conference paper that "best meets the objective of advancing our understanding of transnational gender and diversity issues". The paper, based on a field study involving 159 middle managers in 159 bank branches in South Korea, looks at how group cultures and the dominance of males in a group force females leaders to display more directive and less empowering leadership behaviours. The paper goes beyond previous studies on gender and leadership to focus not only on the gender of a leader but also on the "confluence" of a leader, followers and their respective social contexts – and how this interplay…

Media coverage

The Economist | 14 May 2022

The woolliest words in business

A study co-authored by Dr Yeun Joon Kim, Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour at Cambridge Judge Business School, features in an Economist article about overused and anodyne business words such as “flexibility”, “purpose” and “collaboration”.

Harvard Business Review | 1 May 2021

New leaders bring unwanted cultural baggage with them

A study co-authored by Dr Yeun Joon Kim, Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour at Cambridge Judge, on “bottom-up” criticism is featured in HBR’s May-June 2021 print edition. The study found that while leaders are often hired in the hope of incorporating a fresh perspective into an organisation’s existing culture, too often they simply import elements of culture from their previous job regardless of whether they meet the new organisation’s needs.

Management Today | 1 May 2020

Encourage employees to criticise you if you want to be more creative

A study by Yeun Joon Kim, University Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at Cambridge Judge Business School, is featured in the article. The study says found that receiving criticism from their employees could do a leader wonders, as negative feedback actually alerts the recipient to a “creativity-standard gap”, prompting them to pay heightened attention to what they need to do to improve.