Sungyong Chang

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

BA MS (Seoul National) PhD (Columbia)

Dr Sungyong Chang explores innovation, imitation, and new entrants' strategies. His particular focus is on high-tech and cultural industries where innovation matter most. First, Dr Chang's research focuses on how new entrants overcome their disadvantages in capabilities and capital to compete against industry leaders. Second, his research focuses on the perspective that views firms as bundles of interdependent choices. Specifically, he explores how firms identify promising business ideas or talent under complexity, which limits complete understandings of the performance implications of each business decision.

Dr Chang’s research bridges strategy and computational social science – the use of large-scale data to investigate firm's strategies and people’s behaviour. With growing volumes of data on every aspect of firm's decision and our daily lives – his work examines some of the major questions in the social sciences.

He won the Peter J. Buckley and M. Casson Dissertation Award from the Academy of International Business in 2019 and Distinguished PhD Paper Award from Strategic Management Division of the Academy of Management in 2018. He also won LBS Best Teacher Award - MiM in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. His work has been published in top-tier publications such as the Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal. He is an editorial board member of Strategic Management Journal.

Sungyong's research is featured in the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development brochure.



Giant cluster formation and integrating role of bridges in social diffusion

S Chang

Strategic Management Journal 2023 Vol 44:12 p 2950-2985


Bottleneck resources, market relatedness, and the dynamics of organizational growth

Chang S; Eggers J P; Keum D

Organization Science 2022 May-June Vol 33:3 p 1049-1067


Implementation of 21st Century Cures Act Expanded Access Policies Requirements

Kang S; Chang S; Ross J S; Miller J E

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2021 Vol 110:6 p 1579-1584


Network Effects and Latecomers’ Born-Global Strategy: Social Network Effect vs. Ecosystem Effect

Park S; Chang S

Academy of Management Proceedings 2019 Vol 2019


Does unbundling facilitate experimentation and the discovery of new talent

Chang S

Academy of Management Proceedings 2018 Vol 2018:1


Global diversification discount and its discontents: a bit of self-selection makes a world of difference

Chang S; Kogut B; Yang J-S

Strategic Management Journal 2016 Vol 37:11 p 2254-2274


The Value of Product Innovation in a Mature Industry: A Natural Experiment in the DRAM Industry

Chang S

Academy of Management Proceedings 2015 Vol 2015:1


Giant cluster emergence and functionality in social systems

Chang S; Lee J; Song J

Social Sciences Research Network


Imitation to innovation: late movers’ catch-up strategy and technological leadership change

Chang S; Kim H; Song J; Lee K

Columbia Business School Research Paper

Teaching portfolio

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  • Masters Degrees core courses

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    • Strategic Management
      Strengthen your strategic-thinking abilities to be able to evaluate strategic options to anticipate and execute strategic change.
    • Strategy l
      This course introduces you to the fundamentals of strategy. The course will cover the core tenants of strategic management including business models, industry analysis, positioning, and strategic innovation. The course will provide you with tools, frameworks, and vocabulary to analyse and communicate a firm’s strategy.
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