Do Yoon Kim - Faculty & Research - Harvard Business School
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Do Yoon Kim

Doctoral Student

Do Yoon is a doctoral candidate in the Strategy unit at the Harvard Business School. His research interests lie at the intersection of technology, innovation, and business ecosystems. His dissertation looks at how free/open source software served to bring about ecosystem changes in the wireless router industry.

Do Yoon received a B.A. in Economics, Mathematics, and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern University in 2013.
Journal Articles
  1. The Ethnic Migrant Inventor Effect: Codification and Recombination of Knowledge Across Borders

    Prithwiraj Choudhury and Do Yoon Kim

    Ethnic migrant inventors may differ from locals in terms of the knowledge they bring to host firms. We study the role of first-generation ethnic migrant inventors in cross-border transfer of knowledge previously locked within the cultural context of their home regions. Using a unique dataset of Chinese and Indian herbal patents filed in the United States, we find that an increase in the supply of first-generation ethnic migrant inventors increases the rate of codification of herbal knowledge at U.S. assignees by 4.5%. Our identification comes from an exogenous shock to the quota of H1B visas and from a list of entities exempted from the shock. We also find that ethnic migrant inventors are more likely to engage in reuse of their prior knowledge, whereas knowledge recombination is more likely to be pursued by teams comprising inventors from other ethnic backgrounds.

    Keywords: skilled migration; ethnic migration; first-generation migrant; cultural context; knowledge flows; knowledge reuse; knowledge recombination; recombinant creation; H1B visas; Knowledge Sharing; Knowledge Use and Leverage; Knowledge Dissemination; Immigration; Ethnicity; Cross-Cultural and Cross-Border Issues;


    Choudhury, Prithwiraj, and Do Yoon Kim. "The Ethnic Migrant Inventor Effect: Codification and Recombination of Knowledge Across Borders." Strategic Management Journal (forthcoming).  View Details