Doctoral Student

Jin Hyung Kim

Jin Hyung Kim is a doctoral candidate in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. He received his undergraduate degree in management from Yonsei University in Korea. Upon graduation, he served his military duty as an Air Force officer and then worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman. He received his master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. His research examines the non-market strategy of firms, with a focus on the antecedents and outcomes of different types of nonmarket strategies.

His dissertation examines corporate lobbying strategy and foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) in the U.S. In particular, his job market paper looks at U.S. defense contracts and lobbying strategies of foreign owned defense contractors. In this paper, Jin Hyung shows that foreign MNEs with liability of foreignness can achieve better non-market outcomes when they leverage outside political capital. Moreover, positive outcomes are driven by factors that can complement foreign defense contractors' lack of institutional knowledge and political access.

To carry out his research agenda, Jin Hyung employs econometric methods to analyze large datasets that he constructed during his doctoral study. These datasets include: (1) U.S. corporate lobbying and campaign financing data, (2) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contract award data with foreign ownership, and (3) historical lobbyists' data.