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Dr. Byungku Lee

Dr. Byungku Lee

Main: (909) 448-4577
La Verne / Leo Hall 221

Byungku Lee is an associate professor in Management at the College of Business, University of La Verne. Dr. Lee earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His basic research examines the long-term influence of CSR on corporate financial performance.

Teaching Interests

  • Strategic Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Management

Research Interests

  • Hybrid organizations
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • General entrepreneurship

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Strategic Management, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration, Lincoln, NE
  • M.A. in Entrepreneurship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration, Lincoln, NE
  • B.A. in Mathematics, Wonkwang University Arts and Science, South Korea


  • Lee, B. (2022) Hybrid organizations and innovation. Academy of Management Conference Proceeding, Seattle, WA.
  • Lee, B. (2021) Compassion and the success of social ventures. Academy of Management Conference Proceeding, Virtual 81st Annual Meeting.
  • Lee, B., & Cho, Y. (2020) The legal structure of ventures and exit routes: A study of single-founder startups in the United States. Accepted to the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
  • Ghazzawi, I., Lee, B., & Jagannathan, C. (2019) Preparing college students to become social entrepreneurs through a socially created mission with an impact. Accepted to the International Leadership Journal.
  • Lee, B. & Cho, Y. (2019) The effect of culturally endorsed leadership ideals on nascent and operating social entrepreneurship: An international study. Academy of Management Conference Proceeding, Boston, MA.
  • Ghazzawi, I., Lee, B., & Cho, Y. (2019) Reaching out to underserved high school students: An experiential approach to higher education. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 19(4), 42-59.
  • Lee, B., & Kelly, L. (2019). Cultural leadership ideals and social entrepreneurship: An international study. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 10(1), 108-128.
  • Lee, B. (2019). Human capital and labor: The effect of entrepreneur characteristics on venture success. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, 25(1), 29-49.
  • Lee, M. S., Kim, T., Lee, B., & Lee, B. (2018) Knowledge search strategies for innovation by SMEs. Pan-Pacific Conference Proceeding, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Kim, T., Lee, B., & Lee, B. (2016). Open innovation in Korean SMEs: Trends and financial performance. Forthcoming in International Journal of Services Sciences.
  • Lee, S. & Lee, B. (2015). The effects of doing better than others and doing better than usual: A longitudinal study of corporate social responsibility. Academy of Management Conference Proceeding, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Lee, S. & Lee, B. (2015). Entrepreneur characteristics and the success of venture exit: An analysis of single-founder start-ups in the U.S. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 11(4), 891-905.
  • Lee, B., Kim, T., & Lee, B. (2015). SMEs’ strategic approaches toward inbound open innovation and in-house R&D. Pan-Pacific Conference Proceeding, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Jang, S., Lee, B., & Nelson, S. (2014). Institutionalization strategy enhancing firm resources: Isomorphism from firms and its strategic implications. Journal of Management and Strategy, 5(3), 1-9.
  • Lee, C., An, M., & Lee, B. (2011). Effects of organizational rewards on emotional labor and organizational commitment. Pan-Pacific Conference Proceeding, Daejeon, South Korea.
  • Lee, S., Kim, T., Noh, Y., & Lee, B. (2010). Success factors of platform leadership in web 2.0 service business. Service Business, 4(2), 89-103.
  • Hwang, T., Lee, B., Kim, W., & Royle, T. (2010). Too much of a good thing? The negative effects of high levels of quality management on employee creativity. Pan-Pacific Conference Proceeding, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Ji, H. & Lee, B. (2009). The service quality of amusement parks in Korea. Pan-Pacific Conference Proceeding, Shenzhen, China.

Awards / Honors

Distinguished Research Award

  • December 2020 Winning Literati Award, Emerald Publishing: Highly commended paper of International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
  • April 2019  Institute for Global Business Research: Awarded to ‘Preparing college students to become social entrepreneurs through a socially created mission with an impact’, a research project that I co-worked with Profs. Issam Ghazzawi & Christine Jagannathan.

Othmer Fellowship

  • Aug 2010 University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Othmer Fellowships are intended to assist in recruiting exceptional scholars who are seeking a terminal degree (i.e., Ph.D., Ed.D, D.M.A, M.F.A.).
  • Selection Criteria
    • Newly admitted doctoral or M.F.A. student.
    • Exceptional scholar with excellent letters of recommendation and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in previous degree.
    • Student must be offered a department assistantship that is (1) at least equal to the highest amount offered by the department to first-year students and (2) renewable for up to 3 years.
  • Award
    • In addition to the departmental assistantship: fellowships of $4,000 or $8,000 per year can be granted, renewable for up to three years given continued excellent progress toward the degree.

Additional Information

To explore the scholarship and creative works of University of La Verne faculty, please visit the Research Works profiles hosted by Wilson Library.