Luke Rhee is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining UC Irvine in July 2018, Luke was an Assistant Professor of Technology Management at the Tandon School of Engineering and Affiliated Faculty of Management and Organizations at the Stern School of Business at New York University. Also, he worked as a software engineer at IBM Almaden Research Center in the Bay Area. He received his PhD in Management and Organizations from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2016.
His research lies at the intersection of behavioral strategy and organization theory, with particular emphasis on the role of cognition for innovation. His current research goal is to understand cognitive processes creating competitive advantage in individual creativity and firm innovation. Empirical settings for his work range from engineers working within a mobile services company to software firms in the US to hierarchical business groups in South Korea. He uses diverse quantitative research methods (e.g. topic modeling, social networks analysis, and field experiments) to test relationships between cognition and innovation. His recent research appears in Harvard Business Review, Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal.