Jay Kim of INSEAD: "Growth-thirsty" companies are overpaying on mergers & acquisitions


INSEAD Business School
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise. Chair, Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise Area

Ji-Yub (Jay) Kim is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD. A native of South Korea, Jay received his bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He earned his PhD in Strategic Management and organisation theory from the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He also holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Jay’s research interests focus on organisational learning and its implications on organisational performance and evolution. His research also explores mergers and acquisitions, community influences, corporate entrepreneurship, and corporate misbehaviour. He has published in leading academic journals including American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He serves on the editorial review boards of Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science.

He teaches a broad range of strategy and organisation topics including competitive strategy, value innovation, corporate entrepreneurship, and mergers and acquisitions. He has directed and taught in the Executive Education programmes for a number of companies including OCBC, Nike, Borouge, Permatabank, Pertamina, SK Corp., Hana Financial Group, Mitsubishi, Novartis, SWIRE, and IBM. In 2015, he received the Executive Education Teaching Award.

Prior to joining INSEAD, Jay was an assistant professor of management and organisation at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he was honoured to receive several teaching awards including Golden Apple Teaching Award for Business Core and Evan C. Thompson Faculty Teaching and Learning Innovation Award.


  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - Ripples of Fear: The Diffusion of a Bank Panic - American Sociological Review
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - Running for the Exit: Community Cohesion and Bank Panics - Organization Science
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - All Aspirations are Not Created Equal: The Differential Effects of Historical and Social Aspirations on Acquisition Behavior - Academy of Management Journal
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - When Firms are Desperate to Grow via Acquisition: The Effect of Growth Patterns and Acquisition Experience on Acquisition Premiums - Administrative Science Quarterly
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - The Effects of Strategic and Market Complementarity on Acquisition Performance: Evidence from the U.S. Commercial Banking Industry, 1989-2001 - Strategic Management Journal
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - Organizational Learning from Extreme Performance Experience: The Impact of Success and Recovery Experience - Organization Science
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - Vicarious Learning from the Failure and Near-failure of others: Evidence from the U.S. Commercial Banking Industry - Academy of Management Journal
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - The Influence of Acquisition Experience and Performance on Acquisition Behavior: Evidence from the U.S. Commercial Banking Industry - Academy of Management Journal
  • BOOK CHAPTERS - Fruits of Failure: Organizational Failure and Population Level Learning - JAI Press


Organisational Learning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Network & Strategic Alliance, Corporate Misbehaviour, Technology & Innovation, Corporate Entrepreneurship


Corporate Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, Global Strategy

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