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Yasemin Y. Kor is Beckwith Professor of Management Studies at the Cambridge Judge Business School.  She received her M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Business Administration from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Professor Kor studies strategy formulation and renewal, top management teams, and corporate governance.  She has done industry-focused 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 U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar and served as an Associate Editor of Journal of Management. 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 in AOM, and as an elected Representative at Large for the Corporate Strategy IG at Strategic Management Society.  

At Cambridge, she teaches Strategic Change and Renewal in Executive MBA, Mergers and Acquisitions in Executive MBA, Strategy Execution in Social Innovation Masters, and Strategy Formulation in the Ph.D. programs.  


My research focuses on the intersections of strategy formulation and renewal, top management teams, and corporate governance.  I study strategy as a configuration of resources and capabilities that are uniquely assembled to create a long-term advantage.  To understand strategy, one must ask how firms differ in their resources and capabilities. Equally important, one should ask how firms differ in the ways they manage and govern their resources, which is at the core of my research. 


Refereed Publications:


      Pettus, M. L., Kor, Y.Y., Mahoney, J. T., and Michael, S. (2018).  Sequencing and Timing of Resource Acquisition Strategies:              Evidence from the Post-Deregulation U.S. Railroad Industry. (Forthcoming in Strategic Organization)

Chen, P.L., Kor, Y.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 Market-entry Performance. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 11: 441-463.


Kor, Y.Y., Prabhu, J. and Esposito, M. (2017).  How Large Food Retailers Can Help Solve the Food Waste Crisis.  Harvard Business Review. Competitive Strategy. 


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 Journal, 25(10):1727-1744.

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.  Lead article.

Sundaramurthy, C., Pukthuanthong, K., and Kor, Y. Y.  (2014).  Positive and Negative Synergies Between the CEO’s and the Corporate Board’s Human and Social Capital: A Study of Biotechnology IPOs.  Strategic Management Journal, 35(6): 845-868.

  • Listed on SSRN’s  Top Ten Download Lists for the following categories: Board of Directors, CEOs and Executives, Governance and Organization, Initial public offerings 

Kor, Y. Y. and Mesko, A.  (2013). Dynamic Managerial Capabilities: Configuration and Orchestration of the Top Executives’ Capabilities and the Firm’s Dominant Logic. Strategic Management Journal, 34(2): 233-244.


Harris, D. and Kor, Y. Y.  (2013).  Role of Human Capital in Scaling Social Entrepreneurship.   Journal of Management for Global Sustainability163-172.

Kor, Y. Y. and Sundaramurthy, C. (2009). Experience-Based Human Capital and Social Capital of Outside Directors.  Journal of Management, 
35(4): 981-1006.


Pettus, M. L., Kor, Y. Y., and Mahoney, J. T. (2009). Sequencing Dynamic Capabilities Within Turbulent Environments. International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 1(3): 186-212.


Kor, Y. Y. and Misangyi, V. (2008). Outside Director’s Industry-Specific Experience and Firms’ Liability of Newness.  Strategic Management Journal,

29(12): 1345-1355.


Kor, Y. Y., Mahoney, J. T., and Watson, S. (2008).  The Effects of Demand, Competitive, and Technological Uncertainty on Board Monitoring and Institutional Ownership of IPO Firms. Journal of Management and Governance, 12(3): 239-259.


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.

·           Listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Entrepreneurship (General) category (2007)

·           Highest number of downloads of any paper published in SEJ (as of March 2009).


      Kor, Y. Y., Mahoney, J. T., and Michael, S. (2007). Resources, Capabilities, and Entrepreneurial Perceptions. Journal of  Management Studies44(7): 1185-1210.


Kor, Y. Y. (2006). Direct and Interaction Effects of Top Management Team Attributes and Corporate Governance on R&D Investment Strategy. Strategic Management Journal, 27(11): 1081-1099.


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.


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.


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.

·   Listed among Journal of Management Studies Top 10 Accessed Articles  (2006)

·   Listed among Journal of Management Studies Top 20 Accessed Articles  (2007)

·   Translated to French and republished in Les Grands Auteurs en Economie des Organizations (2008) [Great Authors in Economic Organization], edited by Didier Chabaud, Jean-Michel Glachant, Claude Parthenay & Yannick Perez.


Kor, Y. Y. (2003). Experience-Based Top Management Team Competence and Sustained Growth. Organization Science, 14(6): 707-719.

·  Reprinted in Entrepreneurship and Leadership (2013), edited by Donald Kuratko and Michael Morris.


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.