28 Sep 2022

New Faculty Profiles: Brian K. Baik


HBS faculty comprises more than 300 scholars and practitioners who bring leading-edge research, extensive experience, and deep insights into the classroom, to organizations, and to leaders across the globe. We asked new faculty at HBS about their background, their new roles, and their interests.

Brain K. Baik, assistant professor, Accounting and Management

What is your educational background?
I did my undergraduate studies in business administration (finance) from Carnegie Mellon University, obtained a master of finance from MIT Sloan, and completed my PhD in accounting also from MIT Sloan.

What’s your area of research and what led you to it?
I am interested in studying diverse topics in accounting (i.e., corporate disclosure and tax) and finance in the context of startup/private firms and private equity/venture capital investors. After my master’s degree I worked at a Singaporean private equity firm and the work experience helped me shape many of the questions I have been curious about.

What will you be teaching here?
I will be teaching Financial Reporting and Control this fall.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an academic?
Realistically I would have stayed in private equity; ideally a restaurant critic/wine critic always sounds fun. I love dining out and exploring new cuisines. If someone is willing to pay me for that, even better.

Where are you from?
I am from South Korea. I was born in a town called Pohang but spent most of my childhood in Seoul. I also spent a couple of years in San Diego.

What is something you like to do outside of your academic work?
Traveling, wine tasting, checking out restaurants, cooking, and running.

What’s your favorite book, movie, or piece of art?
Movie: Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. played it so well. Its success enabled the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Book: The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham. This book is probably one of the first to show how accounting is relevant for investors and how accounting numbers can portray a detailed picture of a company.

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