Luke Rhee,

Assistant Professor

Luke Rhee

Luke Rhee is an Assistant Professor of Technology Management and Innovation at New York University. 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 is forthcoming in top-tier journals such as Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal. 


Rhee, L. and Leonardi, P. "Which Pathway to Good Ideas? An Attention-Based View of Innovation in Social Networks" Forthcoming at Strategic Management Journal [Paper Link]

Rhee, L., Ocasio, W. and Kim, T. "Performance Feedback in Hierarchical Business Groups: Cross-Level Effects of Cognitive Accessibility on R&D Search Behavior." Conditionally Accepted at Organization Science [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]