Bowon Kim is a Professor of Operations Strategy and Management Science at KAIST Business School in Seoul, Korea. He earned a Doctor of Business Administration (Technology and Operations Management) from Harvard University (1995), a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford University (1989), and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Seoul National University (1988). He joined the KAIST faculty in 1996. His research interests include supply chain management, new product innovation, and value chain sustainability. He has published papers in academic journals like Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Omega, Naval Research Logistics, R&D Management, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Project Management, and Long Range Planning. His book ‘Supply Chain Management’ was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2005, and its third edition, titled ‘Supply Chain Management: A Learning Perspective’ was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. He is currently exploring how to integrate ‘systems thinking’ and ‘design thinking’ for effective problemsolving in organizations and society.
- ■ Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, Boston, MA
- DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) in Technology and Operations Management, November 1995
- Dissertation: Manufacturing Learning Theory of Managerial Attention Allocation for Production Technology Development
: An Optimal Control Model for Production Knowledge Creation
- Supervisor: Ramchandran Jaikumar
- Dissertation Committee: Robert Hayes, David Upton, Ananth Raman
■ Department of Operations Research, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
- MS (Master of Science) in Operations Research, June 1989
■ College of Business, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
- BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration), summa cum laude, February 1988
- ■ KAIST
- Vice President (March 2021 - present), External Affairs
- Associate Vice President (March 2017 - February 2021), Planning and Budget
■ KAIST Business School, Seoul, Korea
- Professor (September 2006 - present) in Operations Strategy and Management Science
- Associate Professor (March 2001 - August 2006)
- Assistant Professor (August 1996 - February 2001)
- Chair, MBA (Techno MBA) program (January 2004 - December 2006)
- Chair, IMBA program (January 2007 - August 2007)
- Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (August 2009 - January 2010)
- Dean, KAIST Graduate School of Management (August 2009 - January 2010)
■ Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Visiting Professor (September 2007 - August 2008)
- Visiting Professor (January 2002 - August 2002)
Industry Advisory Activities
- ▶ Automobile, Electronics, Steel, Shipbuilding, Food, Entertainment, Logistics Companies
Publications & Research
Publications (patents, etc.)
- ■ Papers Published in Academic Journals
Kim, B. and J. Na (2022) "Effects of CEO and COO overconfidence on the firm’s inventory leanness." Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 33 (1), 169-190.
Bandyopadhyay, P. K. and B. Kim (2022) "A framework for supply chain coordination strategy in Indian engineering manufacturing and automobile sectors." Benchmarking: An International Journal, 29 (2), 573-595.
Sim, J. and B. Kim (2021) "Regulatory versus consumer pressure and retailer responsibility for upstream pollution in a supply chain." Omega, 101, 102250.
El Ouardighi, F., J. Sim, and B. Kim (2021) "Pollution accumulation and abatement policies in two supply chains under vertical and horizontal competition and strategy types." Omega, 98, 102108.
Na, J., B. Kim, and J. Sim (2021) "COO’s overconfidence and the firm’s inventory performance." Production Planning & Control, 32 (1), 19-33.
Kim, S., J. Na, and B. Kim (2021) "Strategic Effects of Supply Chain Inventories on Sales Performance." Engineering Management Journal, 33, 2, 126-140. 3
Sim, J., F. El Ouardighi, and B. Kim (2019) "Economic and environmental impacts of vertical and horizontal competition and integration." Naval Research Logistics, 66 (2), 133-153.
Kim, T. H., and B. Kim (2018) "Firm’s Environmental Expenditure, R&D Intensity, and Profitability." Sustainability, 10 (6), 2071.
Kim, B., J. Na, and S. Kim (2018) "Effects of target firm’s inventory turnover on post-merger and acquisition performance." International Journal of Applied Management Science, 10 (3), 173?191.
Kim, B. and S. Kim (2017) "Antecedents of R&D performance at small and medium enterprises." International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 15 (2), 139-159.
Kim, T., B. Kim, and K. Im (2017) "Effects of firm and environmental characteristics on supplier integration in new product development." International Journal of Product Development, 21 (5-6), 414-436.
Kang, H., B. Kim, and Y-S Lee (2017) "Suppliers’ Corporate Ability and Consumer Evaluations of a Manufacturer." International Journal of Services and Operations Management, 27 (1), 19-34.
Kim, B. and J. Sim (2016) "Supply chain coordination and consumer awareness for pollution reduction." Sustainability, 8 (4), 365.
Kim, B. and S. Kim (2016) "Inventory types and their effects on sales." International Journal of Inventory Management, 3 (2), 115-133.
Kim, B., K. Park, G.-W. Park, and J. Sim (2016) "Effects of Experience and Contract on
Relational Norms and Performance in SCM." International Journal of Services and Operations Management, 25 (3), 361-389.
Kim, B. and S. Kim (2016) "Effects of managers’ communication and satisfaction on their perceived importance of value chain sustainability." International Journal of Services and Operations Management, 25 (1), 21-47.
El Ouardighi, F., J. Sim, and B. Kim (2016) "Pollution accumulation and abatement policy in a supply chain." European Journal of Operational Research, 248 (3), 982-996.
Kim, B. and J. Sim (2015) "Impacts of Government and Market on Firm’s Efforts to Reduce Pollution." Cogent Economics and Finance, 3 (1), DOI:10.1080/23322039.2015.1062634.
Kim, B., H. Kim, J. Shim, and C. Shin (2014) "LG Display’s First Module Plant in Europe." Asia Case Research Journal, 18 (2), 339-370.
Kim, B. (2014) "Effective supply chain strategy to enhance firm’s responsiveness: empirical evidence from the BMW Leipzig plant." International Journal of Services and Operations Management, 18 (1), 21-37.
Kim, B., K. Park, and M. Swink (2014) "Consumers’ preferences for facets of green supply 4 chain management." International Journal of Services and Operations Management, 18 (1), 74-98.
Kim, B. (2013) "Quality Goals and Supply Chain Strategy in the Fashion Industry." Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, 16 (2), 214-242.
Kim, B., F. El Ouardighi, and S. Park (2012) "Optimal dynamics of technology and price in a duopoly market." Applied Economics Letters, 19 (11), 1017-1022.
Kim, B. and C. Park (2010) "Coordinating Decisions by Supply Chain Partners in a Vendormanaged Inventory Relationship." Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 29, 71-80.
Kim, B. (2010) "Cultural Forces and Historical Events to shape Organizing Principles in Korea: An Exploratory Perspective." Management Decision, 48 (5), 826-841.
El Ouardighi, F. and Bowon Kim (2010) "Supply quality management with wholesale price and revenue-sharing contracts under horizontal competition." European Journal of Operational Research, 206 (2), 329-340.
Kim, B. and J. Kim (2009) "Structural Factors of NPD (New Product Development) Team for Manufacturability." International Journal of Project Management, 27 (7), 690-702.
Kim, B. and J. Kim (2008) "Values of Balanced Decision-Making between Supply Chain Partners." International Transactions in Operational Research, 15, 623-649.
Kim, B. and S. Park (2008) "Optimal pricing, EOL (end of life) warranty, and spare parts manufacturing strategy amid product transition." European Journal of Operational Research, 188 (3), 723-745.
Kim, B. and F. El Ouardighi (2007) "Supplier-manufacturer collaboration on new product development." Annals of Dynamic Games, 9, 527-547.
Kim, B. and K. Park (2006) "Dynamics of industry consolidation and sustainable competitive strategy: Is the birthright irrevocable?" Long Range Planning, 39 (5), 543-566.
Kim, B. and S. Lee (2005) "Firms’ collaboration on building a business infrastructure as public goods: dynamics of common versus firm-specific benefits." Optimal Control Applications and Methods, 26 (5), 265-290.
Kim, B. and H. Oh (2005) "The impact of decision-making sharing between supplier and manufacturer on their collaboration performance." Supply Chain Management, 10 (3), 223-236.
Kim, B. (2003) "Dynamic outsourcing to contract manufacturers with different capabilities of reducing the supply cost." International Journal of Production Economics, 86 (1), 63-80.
Kim, B. (2003) "Managing the transition of technology life cycle." Technovation, 23 (5), 371-381.
Kim, B., K. Park, and J. Kim (2003) "Satisfying different customer groups for IS outsourcing: a Korean IS company’s experience." Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, 15 (3), 48-69. 5
Raman, A. and B. Kim (2002) "Impact of working capital financing cost on production and inventory planning for fashion products." Production and Operations Management, 11 (3), 358-373.
Kim, B., J. M. Y. Leung, K. T. Park, G. Zhang, and S. Lee (2002) "Configuring a manufacturing firm’s supply network with multiple suppliers." IIE Transactions, 34, 663-677.
Kim, B. and H. Oh (2002) "Economic Compensation Compositions Preferred by R&D Personnel of Different R&D Types and Intrinsic Values." R&D Management, 32 (1), 47-59.
Kim, B. and H. Oh (2002) "An Effective R&D Performance Measurement System: Survey of Korean R&D Researchers." Omega - International Journal of Management Science, 30, 19-31.
Kim, B., H. Kim, and Y. Lee (2002) "Modes of Foreign Market Entry by Korean SI Firms." Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, 14 (1), 13-35.
Kim, B. and Y. Lee (2001) "Global capacity expansion strategies; lessons learned from two Korean carmakers." Long Range Planning, 34 (3), 309-333.
Kim, B., Jaisok Shim, and Jongjoo Kim (2001) "Managers’ quality and performance perceptions: the case of Korean semiconductor industry." Total Quality Management, 12 (5), 643-656.
Kim, B. and Yoonseok Lee (2001) "Globalization, coordination, and subsidiary performance: evidence from companies in an advancing country." Journal of Asia Pacific Business, 3 (2), 37-65.
Kim, B. and Heungshik Oh (2000) "An exploratory inquiry into the perceived effectiveness of a global information system." Information Management and Computer Security, 8 (4), 144-153.
Kim, B. (2000) "Coordinating an innovation in supply chain management." European Journal of Operational Research, 123 (3), 568-584.
Kim, B., K. Park, and T. Kim (1999) "The perception gap among buyer and suppliers in the semiconductor industry." Supply Chain Management, 4 (5), 231-241.
Kim, B. (1999) "Dynamic Effects of Learning Capabilities and Profit Structures on the Innovation Competition." Optimal Control Applications and Methods, 20, 127-144.
Kim, B. (1998) "Contingency rules to control a production process subject to a single assignable cause." International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, 15 (7), 679-693.
Kim, B. (1998) "Optimal development of production technology when autonomous and induced learning are present." International Journal of Production Economics, 55, 39-52.
Upton, D. M. and B. Kim (1998) "Alternative methods of learning and process improvement in manufacturing." Journal of Operations Management, 16 (1), 1-20.
Kim, B. (1998) "Manufacturing learning propensity in operations improvement." Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, 8 (1), 79-104.
Kim, B. (1997) "An empirical study on the learning-updating strategy to allocate managerial 6 resources for operations improvement." Management Decision, 35 (5-6), 436-446.
Kim, B. (1996) "Effective decision making entity for production technology development." International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, 2 (3), 171-189.
Kim, B. (1996) "An integrating perspective on intelligent production systems." Information and Systems Engineering, 2 (3-4), 205-227.
Kim, B. (1996) "Learning-induced control model to allocate managerial resources for production technology development." International Journal of Production Economics, 43 (2-3), 267-282.
■ Teaching and Research Cases
Kim, B. and J. Sim (2015) "The War for Rechargeable Electric-Vehicle Batteries." Asia Case Research Center, The University of Hong Kong, #14/547C.
Kim, B., S. Ahn, and C. Park (2011) "The POSCO Way of Field Based Innovation." Asia Case Research Center, The University of Hong Kong, #11/488C.
Kim, B., S. Ahn, and C. Park (2009) "South Korea’s high-speed internet industry." Harvard Business School Publishing Case #HKU821 (published by Asia Case Research Center, The
University of Hong Kong).
Kim, B. and D. Upton (2008) "Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering." Harvard Business School Case N9-609-018.
Kim, B., S. Ahn, and C. Park (2008) "LG Chemical: capacity expansion and product mix in China." Harvard Business School Publishing Case #HKU709 (published by Asia Case Research Center, The University of Hong Kong).
Kim, B., S. O. Park, S. M. Oh, J. S. Park, and S. H. Chon (2004) "ReignCom’s Global Outsourcing: how a small Korean company has become a global leader in MP3P." KAIST Graduate School of Management Case, KGSM-TMC-04-03.
Kim, B., Ji Yeon Kim, Yoon Hee Hwang, and Eunjun Bae (2004) "Morning365: an online bookstore¡?s strategy to grow in the constantly changing market." KAIST Graduate School of Management Case, KGSM-TMC-04-01.
Raman, A. and B. Kim (1996) "Northco (A)." Harvard Business School Case No. 9-697-017.
Wu, George and B. Kim (1996) "Exercises on tradeoffs and conflicting objectives." Harvard Business School Case No. 9-396-307.
Upton, D. M. and B. Kim (1995) "Samsung Heavy Industries: the Koje Shipyard." Harvard Business School Case No. 695-032.
Upton, D. M. and B. Kim (1994) "Daewoo Shipbuilding and Heavy Machinery." Harvard Business School Case No. 695-001.
Kim, B. (2018) Supply Chain Management: A Learning Perspective. Cambridge University Press.
Kim, B. (2017). Optimal Control Applications for Operations Strategy. Springer.
Kim, B. (2011) Sustainable Value Chain Strategy (in Korean). East-West Media Co.
Kim, B. (2005) Supply Chain Management. John Wiley & Sons.
Kim, B. (1998) Global Operations Management (in Korean). Kyung-Mun Sa.
■ AWARDS AND HONORS
Jung Jingi Award Finalist (2007) - Maeil Business Newspaper
Contribution Award (2007) - KAIST
Sang-Ae Teaching Award (2001) - KAIST
KAIST Teaching Award (2000) - KAIST
Finalist Paper Award (1998) - Journal of Operations Management
Summa Cum Laude (1988) - Seoul National University
Top Graduation Award for Academic Excellence (1988) - Prime Minister, Republic of Korea
- ▶ Operations Strategy, Production Knowledge and Learning Organization, Manufacturing Technology Innovation, Managerial Decision Making, Supply Chain Strategy
▶ Methodology: Optimal Control Theory, System Dynamics Simulation, Field Study (Statistics and Case Analysis), Phenomenology and Grounded Theory
New Product Innovation and Supply Chain Management(IMB531E)
- The primary objective of this course is to teach the students strategic issues in new product innovation and supply chain management, which are very important subjects in management. During the course, we will primarily focus on how to enhance firm’s capability that enhances its innovation ability and creativity to achieve superior sustaining competitive advantage vis-a-vis its global competitors.
Operations Strategy and Supply Chain Management(MGT 530E)
- The primary objective of this course is to teach the students important theories and empirical studies in operations strategy and supply chain management (OS&SCM). From a comprehensive perspective, OS&SCM encompasses all organizational activities to create value for the market. During the course, we will primarily focus on how to enhance operations capability that enables the firm to achieve sustaining competitive advantage vis-a-vis its global competitors.
Quantitative Analysis for Management(MGT 504E)
- The primary objective of this course is to enable the students to develop analytical capacity to deal with complex managerial decision making problems. The students will experience the importance of ‘uncertainty’ and ‘value of information’ in decision making, and learn analytical/systematic ways to manage it in the real-world context. As such, the course will pay an in-depth attention to decision tree analysis, simulation, regression analysis, risk versus return, hedging, and optimization (maximization or minimization) techniques useful for solving managerial problems found in a wide range of management studies such as manufacturing, marketing, finance, and technology and innovation management.
Theory of Operations Strategy (for MS/Phd)(BA771)
- In this course, we learn important theories and cases in operation strategy. Operations strategy is concerned with the firm’s decision making for resources, processes, and capabilities to optimize value creation. Covering diverse research disciplines, this course has an interdisciplinary perspective to understand the effective principles in operations strategy. Students are expected to learn theories and cases in operations strategy thoroughly, and to write a research paper that will be publishable in the related fields.