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Luke Rhee, Ph.D.

Luke Rhee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Technology Management and Innovation


Luke Rhee is an Assistant Professor of Technology Management and Innovation at Tandon School of Engineering and Management and Organizations at Stern School of Business (affiliated). He received his PhD in Management and Organizations from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in 2016 and MS in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley in 2009. Prior to joining NYU in Fall 2016, he worked as a software engineer at IBM Almaden Research Center in the Bay Area. 

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 network analysis, and field experiment) to test relationships between cognition and innovation. His research has been recognized for several best paper awards at major conferences in management, including Academy of Management (AOM) and Strategic Management Society (SMS), and has appeared (or is forthcoming) in top-tier journals such as Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal. 


Leonardi, P. and Rhee, L. 2018. Finding New Ideas When You Don't Have a Broad Network. Harvard Business Review Online [Blog Link]

Rhee, L., Ocasio, W. and Kim, T. 2018. Performance Feedback in Hierarchical Business Groups: Cross-Level Effects of Cognitive Accessibility on R&D Search Behavior. Organization Science (conditionally accepted) [Paper Link]

Rhee, L. and Leonardi, P. 2018. Which Pathway to Good Ideas? An Attention-Based View of Innovation in Social Networks. Strategic Management Journal 39(4): 1188-1215 [Paper Link]

Ocasio, W., Rhee, L. and Milner, D. 2017. Attention, Knowledge and Organizational Learning.  In Linda Argote and John Levine (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook on Group and Organizational Learning. Oxford University Press [Chapter Link]

Working Papers

Rhee, L., Ocasio, W. and Zajac, E. How Cognitive Congruence Drives Innovation in Interfirm Collaborations [SSRN Link]

Rhee, L. and Leonardi, P. Attention Biases in Social Networks: Behavioral Implications for Brokerage and Performance [SSRN Link]

Joseph, J., Rhee, L. and Wilson, A. Learning within Hiearchies: An Empirical Test and Theoretical Extension of March (1991)


Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2016

PhD, Management and Organizations

University of California, Berkeley, 2009

MS , Information Management and Systems

Seoul National University, 2007

BS, Industrial Engineering

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