Luke Rhee

Luke Rhee

Assistant Professor

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PhD, Northwestern University
MS, UC Berkeley
BS, Seoul National University

Research Interest

Attention and Information Processing for Innovation

Artificial Intelligence for Organizational Intelligence

Textual Analysis Based on Machine Learning

Luke Rhee is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining UC Irvine, Luke was an Assistant Professor of Technology Management at New York University. Also, he worked as a software engineer at IBM Almaden Research Center in the Bay Area. He holds a PhD in Management and Organizations from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley.

His research lies at the intersection of behavioral strategy and organization theory, with particular emphasis on the role of cognition for innovation, creativity and resource allocation. He has delved into behavioral and cognitive mechanisms that (1) can enhance creativity and innovative performance among software engineers in small-medium sized high-tech firms, (2) can improve funding performance for founders on a crowdfunding platform, (3) can facilitate introducing groundbreaking products and adopting discontinuous technologies in public software companies, and (4) can allocate human and financial resources to bolster R&D in large business groups in Korea and large public firms in the US. In his research program, primary methods involve conducting textual analyses of annual reports, earnings conference call transcripts, internal executive meeting memos, Glassdoor review texts, and posts and comments on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, alongside employing network analysis based on intrafirm survey data.

He serves on the editorial board at Organization Science and the research committee at Academy of Management (STR Division). His recent research has appeared or is forthcoming in Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Industrial and Corporate Change, Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal.