Management Seminar - Associate Professor Kyoung-Hee Yu

Seminar Room 10.039, Level 10, The Spot Building (198 Berkeley St)


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PRESENTER: Associate Professor Kyoung-Hee Yu (University of Technology Sydney) 
TOPIC: “When Professionals Jump Ship: Explaining Professional Mobility to Commercial Organizations” 

Historically, the relationship between organizations and professionals has been depicted as fraught with tension. More recently, however, there has been a movement away from characterizing the relationship between professionals and commercial organizations as purely antagonistic. We build on this recent literature by investigating why professionals seek out particular organizational settings. We investigate professional mobility in the context of institutional change in the media industry in South Korea where producers left public broadcasters, long considered the spotlight in broadcasting, for new commercial broadcasters that had previously been vilified. We demonstrate how task area differences impacted who moved to commercial organizations, how their movement was influenced by status and social dynamics, and how professional exodus reduced professionalism in public organizations while increasing it in commercial organizations. Our study contributes to understanding how the boundary between commercialism and professionalism is blurring, and specifically to the literatures on professionals and organizations and judgment changes in normative settings.

Kyoung-Hee Yu is Associate Professor at UTS Business School. Kyoung-Hee’s research examines how work and employment experiences are impacted by and can motivate institutional and organisational change. Her recent research has examined the influence of professional values and commitments to social causes on the employment relationship. Kyoung-Hee’s research also addresses the impact of international migration on individual migrants, collective action, as well as implications for diversity and inclusion in organisations. Kyoung-Hee’s work has been published in Organization Studies, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Relations, and Work, Employment & Society, among other outlets. She earned her doctorate from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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