Jina Kang is a Professor of Technology Management, Economics, and Policy (TEMEP) graduate program and Industrial Engineering Department, with joint appointments in the undergraduate interdisciplinary program of Management of Technology (MOT) and the School of Liberal Arts at Seoul National University (SNU).
Professor Kang's research centers on strategy and technology & innovation management. Her work concerns how organizations respond to large-scale technological shifts, most recently in regard to energy and the service sector. Of particular interest are issues relating to external technology sourcing, entry conditions of new start-ups and incumbent companies, partner selections in R&D collaborations, and the role technology plays in developing and implementing strategy. Her empirical work on the topic employs a mix of large-scale statistical studies, field research, and case studies. Her work has been published in academic journals, including R&D Management, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Journal of Knowledge Management, Expert Systems with Applications, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, Asian Pacific Journal of Management and International Journal Innovation Management.
Professor Kang currently teaches strategy and technology strategy in the TEMEP graduate program and in the MOT undergraduate program at SNU. Her teaching aims to equip future managerial leaders with skills in sizing up an industry, positioning a firm for competitive advantage within an industry at a point in time, and sustaining that advantage over time in the face of competitive dynamics.
Prior to joining SNU in 2005, Professor Kang was on the business school faculty at California State University, Fullerton, where she taught core strategy courses in the undergraduate and MBA programs. Professor Kang received her Ph.D. in Strategy and Technology Management from the Anderson School of UCLA, an MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, and an undergraduate degree in Management Science from KAIST. Prior to pursuing her MBA and doctorate, she worked as an account executive at Cheil Communications, Inc, Samsung's advertising firm, leading creative teams and managing client relationships.
She grew up in Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Monrovia, Singapore, and Stevens Point, Wisconsin where she lived with her family while her father was working for the Korean government.