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Dr Sowon  Kim Crettex

Sowon Kim Crettex , PhD


PhD in Management, University of Geneva


Associate Professor

Teaching Location(s)

EHL Campus Lausanne

Teaching Subject(s)

Leading in a Multicultural Environment
Organizational Capital & Leadership

Area(s) of Expertise

Internationalization of Swiss SMEs in emerging markets
Personality traits
Work-family interface
Women in leadership

Short Bio

Dr. Sowon Kim is an Associate Professor at EHL and a founding member of the Women in Leadership (WIL) Initiative launched in 2018. She teaches in bachelor's, master's and executive education programs fields of leadership and intercultural management. Dr. Kim’s research focuses on personality, networking, work-family, and leadership diversity. She has published in diverse outlets such as Journal of Vocational Behavior, Personality and Individual Differences, Journal of Environmental Psychology, and Harvard Deusto Business Review.

Dr. Kim holds a PhD from the University of Geneva, was a Visiting Scholar at IESE Business School and INSEAD Fontainebleau (both funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation) and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Kim gained substantial business experience in the consumer goods, high-tech, broadcasting, and jewelry industries. Dr. Kim speaks four languages and lived in eight countries before settling in Martigny (Switzerland) with her family.

Funded Research Projects

Kim, S., Project: The impact of women in leadership on organizational and individual outcomes in the Swiss hospitality industry, Date: 01.01.2016 to 31.10.2017, External Fundraising: HES-SO.


Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence (2013)
Best Applied Paper of the Career Division at the Academy of Management Conference (2012)