Hong Soon Kim

Title Assistant Professor of Hospitality Business Management
Email hsk@nospam666bda2475392.udel.edu
Office 212 Raub Hall


Hong Soon Kim is an assistant professor of hospitality business management in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Prior to joining the University of Delaware, he was an assistant professor at the Doermer School of Business at Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

Dr. Kim has several years of industry experience. He worked in corporate strategy for 5 years at Samsung Everland. He was an HR staff at ROK Army division headquarters for 2 years and was an event coordinator at Hotel Shilla in South Korea.

Dr. Kim’s research interest focuses on understanding the performance implication of organizational culture, minimum wage, wage disparity and CEO attributes. His research was published in top-tier hospitality management journals including Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and International Journal of Hospitality Management.


  • Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University
  • M.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University
  • B.A. in Tourism, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea

Select Publications

  • Kim, H., & Jang, S. (2021). Outside CEOs and firm performance: Are they better for restaurant firms?, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 33(4), 1319-1343.
  • Kim, H., & Jang, S. (2021). CEO overconfidence and firm performance: The moderating effect of franchising in the restaurant industry. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, 62(2), 276-292.
  • Kim, H., & Jang, S. (2020). Does minimum wage increase endanger restaurant jobs? Moderating role of franchising. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 84, 102325.

Awards & Honors

  • Best Paper Award, 14th Asia Pacific Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education Conference 2016, Bangkok, Thailand, 2016.

Curriculum Vitae

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