Jegoo Lee


Jegoo Lee is currently Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the area of Management and Business Ethics. Lee earned a Ph.D. from Boston College and also studied at the University of Chicago, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Yonsei University in South Korea. Before entering academia, he worked as a social innovator in Bangkok, Thailand, initiating and developing educational programs at Chandrakasem Teachers’ College and Chulalongkorn University funded by both the Korean and Thai governments. When the Asian Financial Crisis occurred, he returned back to his home country to work for projects on ethical codes for Korean business systems sponsored by the World Bank and the International Monetary Funds. Experiences in various organizing and mobilizing projects drove him into studying relational properties of social change, collaboration, and moral institutions. Professor Lee is drenched with multiple cultures as he has lived in metropolitan areas such as Bangkok (Thailand), Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain), Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seoul (South Korea), and Tampa. At his leisure, he cooks Thai foods, studies modern architectures, enjoys video journalism, or runs miles. An avid sports fan, he plays, watches, coaches, and researches soccer games.

Professor Lee’s research generally inquires into “relational perspectives for moral agency” at individual, team, and firm levels. His research investigating socially responsible investors’ networking strategy was named Best Dissertation from both the Society for Business Ethics and the Academy of Management in 2010. Its main contribution is conceptual juxtaposition of institutional entrepreneurship, social movement, and social networks. Another of his research streams is a social network approach for ethical/moral issues, especially when relational morality conflicts against rational ethics. He specifically analyzes the connections between actors’ social ties and their moral or immoral decisions. Lee also looks into strategic corporate responsibility, examining mechanisms with which firms effectively manage stakeholder issues to earn social as well as financial performance. His research has appeared in Business and Society, Journal of Management and Organization, and Journal of the Operational Research Society to name a few. 

Recently, he received the Service Award from Academy of Management’s Social Issues in Management division. Lee is actively involved in professional activities as Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Advisory Board member for the Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference, Newsletter Editor for the Academy of Management Social Issues in Management division, and Secretary General for the Association for Korean Management Scholars. He has reviewed for Academy of Management Journal, Business & Society, Corporate Reputation Review, Journal of Asian Business, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Management Studies, National Science Foundation, and Society for Business Ethics conferences. He also initiated the faculty colloquium for USF Social Network Working Group, and the Steering Committee for the Tampa Bay chapter of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association.


  • Ph.D./M.Sc., Organization Studies, Boston College
  • Visiting Student, Business Ethics, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Chicago
  • B.B.A./M.B.A., Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea


  • 2011 Service Award, Academy of Management Social Issues in Management division
  • 2010 Winner, Best Dissertation Award, Society for Business Ethics
  • 2010 Finalist, Best Dissertation, Social Issues in Management, Academy of Management
  • 2009 Fellowship Grant, Harvard Political Network Conference
  • 2009 Fellowship, Reputation Institute, Rotterdam School of Management
  • 2008, 2007, 2006 Founders Award, Society for Business Ethics
  • 2007 – 2008 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Carroll School of Management, Boston College
  • 2006 – 2007 Dean’s Research Support, Carroll School of Management, Boston College
  • 2004 Research Stipend, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 2004 Research Grant, Asia Research Fund, Seoul, Korea
  • 2001 – 2005 Research Fellowship, Carroll School of Management, Boston College
  • 1999 – 2000 Merit-Based Scholarship, University of Chicago
  • 1995 Winner, Best Thesis of the Year in Social Science, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  • 1990 – 1993 Undergraduate Fellowship, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, Seoul, Korea

Courses Taught

  • Strategic Business Analysis (MBA Core, USF)
  • Strategic Management/Decision Making (Undergraduate Capstone, USF)
  • Social Capital: Building Effective Networks (MBA, EADA Business School)
  • Business Ethics (Undergraduate, Boston College)
  • Organizational Behavior (Undergraduate, Boston College)