Dr Seong Young KIM

Assistant Professor

Department : Strategy and Innovation

Nationalities :


  • Strategic Management
  • International Business


  • Ph.D. in Strategic Management, EM Lyon, France
  • M.A. in International Management, I.A.E. of Université des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse, France
  • B.A. in Business Administration, SungKyunKwan University, Seoul, Korea

Research Interest

  • Firm performance, Firm-partner resources and attributes, and Composition in Alliance portfolios
  • International Business and Inter-firm Networks
  • Co-evolution of interfirm relationships

Work Experience


  • Assistant professor, Strategy and Innovation Academic Area, Rennes School of Business (2012 – Present)
  • Lecturer, EM LYON ( February, 2010 – April, 2010)
  • Teaching Assistant, EM LYON (October, 2008 – October, 2009)



  • International Sales Manager, SPG Korea Co. Ltd of SPG Group, Korea.
  • International Sales Manager, Lotte Aluminium Co., Ltd of Lotte Group, Korea

Intellectual contributions

Refereed Articles Discipline-Based Scholarship

How latecomers catch up to build an energy-saving industry: The case of the Chinese electric vehicle industry 1995–2018

Authors:Jie Xiong, Shuyan Zhao, Yan Meng, Lu Xu, Seong-Young Kim Published in:Energy Policy, Volume 161, 2022, 112725 Date:2022

Quality evaluation model of artificial intelligence service for startups

Authors:Baek, C.H., Kim, S.-Y., Lim, S.U. and Xiong, J. Published in: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-03-2021-0223 Date:2021

When bike-sharing crashed in China: a bumpy ride.

Authors: Zhao, S., Xiong, J., Kim, S.-Y., Xu, L. and Yan, J. Published in:Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 42 No. 5, pp. 295-303 Date: 2021

Playing catch-up: how less developed nations can jump-start technology innovation.

Authors:Xu, L., Kim, S.-Y., Xiong, J., Yan, J., Huang, H. Published in:Journal of Business Strategy, doi/10.1108/JBS-09-2018-0160 Date:2019

Closing the Gap: The Chinese Electric Vehicle Industry Owns the Road

Authors:Zhao, S., Kim, S.-Y. Wu, H., Yan, J., Xiong, J. Published in:Journal of Business Strategy. doi.org/10.1108/JBS-03-2019-0059 Date:2019

Strategy execution in public sectors: empirical evidence from Belgium

Authors:Sasidhar Reddy Bhimavarapu, Seong-Young Kim and Jie Xiong. Published in:Journal of Business Strategy. DOI 10.1108/JBS-01-2019-0025 Date:2019

Competitive Market Embeddedness, Diversity of the Institutional Environment, and Firm Performance

Authors:Kim, S.-Y. Published in:Management International, Vol 23 (special), pp. 183-196 Date:2019

The bottleneck dilemma at headquarters: new product development for local markets

Authors:Kim, H., Kim, S.-Y. Published in:Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 40, Issue 1, pp.3-9 Date:2019

Influence of firm and partner resources on firm performance in alliance portfolio

Authors:Kim, S-Y Published in:M@n@gement, 17 (2), 88-109 Date:2014

Refereed proceedings - Discipline-Based Scholarship

Competition network, home-region competition, and performance

Authors:Kim, S.-Y. Published in:EIBA (European International Business Academy), Poznan, Poland, December 2019 Date:2019

Fantastic Four: How middle managers of four hypermarket retailers address paradox

Authors:KIM, Seong Young, Han WU, Jie XIONG Published in:EURAM, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2019 Date:2019

The effect of national institutional distance on interfirm governance

Authors:Kim, S.-Y. Published in:10th Asia Academy of Management, Kitakyushu, Japan, June 2017 Date:2017

The effect of national institutional distance on interfirm governance

Authors:Kim, S.-Y. Published in:AIB 2017 Annual Meeting Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 2017 Date:2017

MNE's interfirm network in home country and liabilities of foreignness in host country

Authors:Kim, S.-Y. Published in:2015 World conference on business and management, Seoul, South Korea, June 2015 Date:2015

Presentations of Refereed Papers International

The impact of competitive market embeddedness and diversity of institutional environment on MNE performance.

Authors:Kim, Seong Young and Philippe Monin. Published in:AIMS (Association Internationale de Management Stratégique), Hammamet, Tunisia. Date:2016

Firm performance and multimarket competition: contingency effect of institutions.

Authors:Kim, Seong Young Published in:EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies), Naples, Italy. Date:2016

Normative and Resisting Behaviors of Middle managers in Emerging Market

Authors:Kim, Seong Young and Jie Xiong Published in:Asia-Pacific Conference on Management and Business, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Date:2014

When Does Endowment of Partners Matter? : The Role of Firm Commitment and Portfolio Cohesion For Performance.

Authors:KIM, Seong Young Published in:Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, United States of America. Date:2013

Performance Effects of Diversity of Alliance Portfolio Resources and Market Experience

Authors:Kim, S-Y Published in:Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), Boston, MA. Date:2012

When do alliance portfolio resources matter?: The effect of a firm’s market experience.

Authors:Kim, S-Y. & Forgues, B Published in:Annual conference of European Academy of Management (EURAM), Rotterdam. Date:2012

A matching theory of alliance portfolio configuration and firm performance

Authors:Kim, S-Y Published in:Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society Date:2011

Alliance portfolio diversity, strategic position, and performance.

Authors:Kim, S-Y Published in:Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society (SMS Date:2011

The attributes of partners and firm performance in alliance portfolios.

Authors:Kim, S-Y Published in:4th Israel Strategy Conference (ISC), Technion University, Haifa. Israel. Date:2010


Why partners' endowments are not enough: the effect of resource commitment and status for firm performance in a firm's alliances.

Authors:Kim, Seong Young and Ulirch Wassmer Published in:AIMS Date:2014