Social Science Seminar

Associate ProfessorKIM, Soyeon

KIM, Soyeon

People are important intellectual resources in organizations. In the age of social transformation towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, there is active discussion taking place regarding innovative ways of working styles and the evolving roles of organizations. Noting the organizational changes and dynamics, a wide range of issues related to people and organization will be explored and discussed in class. Students are expected to think over the following questions and find ideas to answer them: “What meanings do organizations hold for people?”, “How to motivate people to work better?", and “What factors contribute to organizational effectiveness?”


  • Introduction to Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Cross-Cultural Organizational Behavior
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Basic Seminar Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Advanced Seminar Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Graduation Seminar

In the course of Management Theory, students learn fundamental concepts and theories on various topics related to organizations, strategies, and people in business management. Cross-Cultural Organizational Behavior addresses management issues faced by companies in multicultural environments and discusses effective decision making of managers, In the course of International Human Resource Management (IHRM), students explore various subjects related to managing human resources in the global contexts by delving into IHRM theories and relevant business cases.


In the seminar course, students formulate their own research questions and hypotheses regarding various topics that pertain to individual values, attitudes, and behaviors in organizations and investigate them empirically. Through individual and group work, case analysis, and discussion, students can develop the skills and capabilities to be ready to be global talents. The 4P attitudes (Passionate, Proactive, Participative, Positive) are required of students in the course.


2021 Associate Professor, Faculty of International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University
2019 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Shujitsu University
2019 Lecturer, Graduate School of Business Administration, Meiji University
2018 Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Meiji University
2014 Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Meiji University
2014 Ph.D. in International Business, Korea University Business School, Korea University
2012 Lecturer, Korea University Business School, Korea University
2008 Research Analyst, Samsung Economic Research Institute
2006 Teaching & Research Assistant, Korea University Business School, Korea University
2003 B.S. in Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Korea University

Fields of Specialization

Organizational BehaviorInternational Human Resource ManagementCross-Cultural Comparative Management

Research content

My research topics are in the fields of organizational behavior, human resource management, and diversity & inclusion. Specifically, the main research topics are leadership effectiveness and women's leadership in East Asia and the internal mechanism of leadership. Studies are conducted in both quantitative and qualitative ways by collecting data through questionnaires and interviews and analyzing them.

Major Publications

  • Kim, S., Gopalan, N., & Beutell, N. (2023). Sustainability through Humility: The Impact of Humble Leadership on Work–Family Facilitation in the U.S. and Japan. Sustainability, 15(19):14367.
  • Mayer, C.-H., Vanderheide, E., Braun-Lewensohn, O., Chen, G., Sueda, K., Mangolothi, B., Safdar, S., & Kim, S. (2023). Women's Empowerment for a Sustainable Future: Transcultural and Positive Psychology Perspectives. Springer.
  • Jung, Y., Kim, S., & Tanikawa, T. (2023). Toward a conceptualization of kuuki-wo-yomu (reading the air) in the Japanese organizational context, Culture and Organization, 29(4): 336-355.
  • Kim, S. (2023). The COVID-19 pandemic and corporate social responsibility of Korean global firms: from the perspective of stakeholder theory, Emerald Open Research, 1(4).
  • Kim, S. (2022). Are Your Employees Hopeful at Work? The Influence of Female Leadership, Gender Diversity and Inclusion Climate on Japanese Employees’ Hope. Frontiers in Psychology, 13: 936811.
  • Kim, S., & Shin, M. (2022). Effective Leadership Differs Between Organizations: A Comparative Study of US and German Multinational Corporations in South Korea. SAGE Open, 12(2).
  • Arokiasamy, M. J., & Kim, S. (2020). When Does Emotional Intelligence Function Better in Enhancing Expatriates’ Cross-Cultural Adjustment? A Study of Japanese PCNs in Malaysia, Journal of Global Mobility, 8(1): 67-84.
  • ・Sueda, K., Mayer, C-H., Kim, S., & Asai, A. (2020). Women in Global Leadership: Asian and African Perspectives, The Aoyama Journal of International Politics, Economics and Communication, 104: 39-59.
  • Kim, S., & Shin, M. (2019). Transformational leadership behaviors, the empowering process, and organizational commitment: Investigating the moderating role of organizational structure in Korea, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(2): 251-275.
  • Kim, S., & Toya, K. (2019). Leadership style required for the transition to servitization in Japan, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 30(2): 335-352.


E-mail : KIM, Soyeon

Office : South 2-410