Jeonghwan (Jerry) Choi, Ph.D.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014

MBA, HHL-Leipzig Graduate School of Management, 2005

MBA, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, 2004

M.E., INHA Graduate School of Engineering, 1998


Prof. Choi is a scholar, practitioner, and business consultant in the field of human resource management & development (HRM/HRD), organizational behavior & development (OB, OD). His research interest is “How to get people to work by themselves to create commercial and social values?”, and he extends this question as a key teaching and learning inquiry. He is currently organizing and coordinating the Kean Business Plan Competition (Kean BPC) at WKU. He takes the role of MGM/MKT/GBUS department coordinator.

Research interests

His research interest is “How to get people to work by themselves?”, and he extends this question as a key teaching and learning inquiry. In searching for the new and practical knowledge in motivation of sustainable business and social innovation, he mainly focuses on performing empirical studies such as contextual and intrinsic motivational factors (work environment, organizational policy, behavioral intention, positivity, agility, and self-directed behavior). He published his research works at the International Journal of Conflict Management, Human Resource Development International, The European Journal of Training and Development, and Health Education. He also wrote a few leadership books such as “Kyogam (交感)-Sharing Sense Leadership (ISBN: 9788993225167).

Teaching Courses

  • MGS4010 (Operations Management)
  • MGS3030 (Human Resource Management)
  • MGS3032 (Organizational Behavior)
  • MGS3045 (Commercial Development of IT: Innovation Management)
  • MGS2030 (Principles of Management)
  • MGS2150 (Business Statistics & Application)
  • Strategic Management

Selected Publications

Choi, J. (2020). The Mediating Effect of Positive Psychological Capital between Autonomous Work Environment and Self-directed Behavior: Evidence from South Korea. Human Resource Development International, 23(1), pp. 46-65. (ESCI, Impact Factor 1.87)

Choi, J. (2019). Let’s Agree to Disagree: The Impact of Perceptual Gap of Work Environment on Self-directed Employee Behavior. International Journal of Conflict Management Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 441-461 (Published on June 13, 2019). (SSCI, Impact Factor 1.35)

Choi, J., An, R., Zhao, J., Mao, X., & He, L. (2018). Developing software piracy free organization: A case of an American business school in China. International Journal of Business & Applied Science, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 15-37 (Published on Oct. 15, 2018).

Li, J., Wu, F., Bell, A., Choi, J., Mehdiabadi A. H. (2018). Talent Management Development in Asia: A Multi-Cased Study, European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 42 Issue: 7/8, pp.499-516 (July 29, 2018). (Impact Factor 1.45)

Limbu, Y. B., Jayachandran, C., McKinley, C., & Choi, J. (2018). Exploring how structural and cognitive social capital influence preventive health behavior: Evidence from a Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) population. Health Education, 118(5), 370-385. (SSCI, Impact Factor 1.00)

Choi, J. (2015). A multilevel approach to self-directed employee behavior: evidence from South Korea. Journal of Business and Economics, 11(2015), JBE20150424-2, DOI: 10.15341/jbe(2155-7950)/11.06.2015/002

Choi S. B., Choi J., Lee Y. S. & Han M. S. (2003). Vibration control of an ER seat suspension for a commercial vehicle. Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol. 125, No. 1, 60–68. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, NY, USA. (SCI Indexed)

Choi S.B, Choi J., Nam M.H., Cheong C. C. & Lee H. G. (1998). A semi-active suspension using ER fluids for a commercial vehicle seat. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 9, No. 8, 601–606. SAGE Journals (SCI, 2.172).

Professional Experience

Lecturer, Kean University (Union), 2014 – 2015

Founder, UC-Smiles, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, 2011 – 2014

Business Strategy Consultant, Germany, Korea, 2004 – 2005

R&D Engineer & Product Management, BOSCH, 1999 – 2004