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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

Courses and Modules Taught

• Leading in a Multicultural Environment
• Leadership
• Leading in a Multicultural Environment

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.

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Las Heras, M., Rofcanin, Y., Escribano, P., Kim S., & Mayer, M. (Forthcoming). Family-supportive organisational culture, work–family balance satisfaction and government effectiveness: Evidence from four countries. Human Resources Management Journal.

Fernandez, S., Stöcklin, M., Terrier, L. & Kim, S. (2021). Using available signals on LinkedIn for personality assessment. Journal of Research in Personality.

Kim, B., & Chen, Y. (2021). The effects of spirituality on visitor behavior: A cognitive-affective-conative model. International Journal of Tourism Research, 23 (6), 1151-1162.

Kim, B., & Chen, Y. (2020). Effects of religious celebrity on destination experience: the case of Pope Francis’s visit to Solmoe Shrine. International Journal of Tourism Research, 22 (1), 1-14.

Wolff, H.-G., & Kim, S. (2020). The costs of networking in nonwork domains: a resource-based perspective. Career Development International, 25(5), 501-516.

Rofcanin, Y., de Jong, J., LasHeras, M., & Kim, S. (2018). The moderating role of prosocial motivation on the association between family-supportive supervisor behaviors and employee outcomes. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 107, 153-167.

Kim, S., Fernandez, S., & Terrier, L. (2017). Procrastination, personality traits, and academic performance: When active and passive procrastination tell a different story. Personality and Individual Differences, 108, 154-157.

Las Heras, M., Kim, S., Escribano, P., & Raes, A. (2016). Well-being and engagement as predicted by fit and misfit of work to family supervisor interruption behaviors and subordinate interruption tolerance. European Accounting and Management Review, 3(1), 93-123. DOI:10.26595/eamr.2014.3.1.5

Kim, S., Las Heras, M., & Escribano, P. (2016). When satisfaction with work-family balance pays. International Business Research, 9(11), 178-188. DOI:10.5539/ibr.v9n11p178

Terrier, L., Kim, S., & Fernandez, S. (2016). Who are the good organizational citizens for the environment? An examination of the predictive validity of personality traits. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 48, 185-190.

Kim, S., Las Heras, M., & Bosch, M. J. (2016). A Matter of Love: Exploring What Enables Work-family Enrichment. International Business Research, 9(8), 24-36. DOI:10.5539/ibr.v9n8p24

Kim, S. (2013). Networking enablers, constraints and dynamics: A qualitative analysis. Career Development International, 18(2), 120-138.

Kim, S., & Las Heras, M. (2013). Networking: An effective career strategy. Harvard Deusto Business Review, 220, 76-82.

Lopez-Jurado, M., & Kim, S. (2013). Moral learning and the good life. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 255, 327-341.

Wolff, H.-G., & Kim, S. (2012). The relationship between networking behaviors and the Big Five personality dimensions. Career Development International, 17(1), 43-66.

Las Heras, M., & Kim, S. (2012). The family: A school for business. Harvard Deusto Business Review, 211, 44-49.

Chinchilla, N., Moragas, M., & Kim, S. (2012). Work and family decision-making framework: A motivational perspective. IESE Working Paper 956, 1-19.

Kim, S., & Las Heras, M. (2012). A qualitative exploration of facilitating conditions for work-family enrichment. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2012(1). Briarcliff Manor : New York.

Funded Research Projects

Kim, S. Project: Effective online networking practices in the context of Swiss SMEs, Date: 15.06.2021 to 15.12.2021, External fundraising: HES-SO.
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)