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Dr Sowon  Kim Crettex

Dr Sowon Kim Crettex


PhD in Management, University of Geneva


Associate Professor

Teaching Subject(s)

Leading in a Multicultural Environment
Organizational Capital & Leadership

Area 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 Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne 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.

Wolff, H.-G., & Kim, S. (2020). The costs of networking in nonwork domains: a resource-based perspective. Career Development International, 25(5), 501-516. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-09-2019-0213

Kim, S., Bianchi G., & Bosch, M.J. (2019). An examination of the impact of macro context on women CEOs in the hospitality industry. In Las Heras, Chinchilla, Grau (Eds.), The New Ideal Worker: Organizations between Work-Life Balance, Women and Leadership. Springer, Charm: Berlin. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12477-9_14

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2018.04.001

Kim, S., Las Heras, M., & Bosch, M. J. (2017). Work-family enrichment: When love helps. In Las Heras, Chinchilla, & Grau (Eds.), The Work-Family Balance in Light of Globalization and Technology (pp. 202-219). Cambridge Scholars Publishing: UK.

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.12.021

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.10.005

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. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-04-2012-0051

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. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620431211201328

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. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2012.15845abstract

Kim, S. (2010). Gender differences in career-related networking behaviors. Cahier de Recherche HEC Genève, no. 6.

Kim, S. (2010). Exploring networking in organizations as a self-managed strategy for career advancement Cahier de Recherche HEC Genève, no. 5.

Kim, S. (2010). Developing career networks: A conceptual framework Cahier de Recherche HEC Genève, no. 3.

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)