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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.


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, B., Kim, S. S., & Heo, C. Y., King, B. (2019). Luxurious or economical? An identification of tourists’ preferred hotel attributes using best-worst scaling (BWS). Journal of Vacation Marketing, 25(2), 162-175. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1356766718757789
Kim, B., Kim, S. S., & Heo, C. Y. (2019). Consequences of customer dissatisfaction in upscale and budget hotels: focusing on dissatisfied customers’ attitude toward a hotel. International Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Administration, 20(1), 15-46. https://doi.org/10.1080/15256480.2017.1359728
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
Heo, C. Y., Kim, S. S., & Kim, B. (2018). Investigating the impact of relationship quality during internship on Millennials’ career decisions and gender differences. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 30(2), 71-84. https://doi.org/10.1080/10963758.2018.1436969
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, B., Kim, S. S., & Heo, C. Y. (2016). Analysis of satisfiers and dissatisfiers in online hotel reviews on social media. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 28(9), 1915-1936. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-04-2015-0177
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
Heo, C., Kim, S., & Kim, S. (2015). Assessment of TV Drama/Film Production Towns as a Rural Tourism Growth Engine. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 20(7), 730-760. https://doi.org/10.1080/10941665.2014.927378
Susskind, A.M., Brymer, R.A., Kim, W.G., Lee, H.Y., & Way, S.A. (2014). Attitudes and perceptions toward affirmative action programs: An application of institutional theory. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 41, 38-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2014.04.003
Guo, Y., Kim, S., & Chen, Y. (2014). Shanghai residents’ perceptions of tourism impacts and quality of life. Journal of China Tourism Research, 10, 142-164. https://doi.org/10.1080/19388160.2013.849639
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.


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)

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