Sooun Lee

Professor & Director, Higgin Kim Asian Business Program

Information Systems & Analytics & Global Studies


Academic Background

  • Ph.D. University of Nebraska, Business Administration-MIS, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, 1987
  • M.B.A. University of Colorado, Business Administration, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 1984
  • B.S. SungKyunKwan University, Textile Engineering, Seoul, S. Korea, 1982

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Director: Higgin Kim Asia Business Program, Farmer School of Business (FSB), Miami University (MU), Ohio, USA (August 2006 - Present)
  • Professor: Information Systems and Analytics (ISA), FSB, Miami Univ. (August 1997- Present)
  • Program Coordinator: Asia Exchange Program in Business, FSB, Miami Univ. (August 2005-July 2006)
  • Associate Professor: ISA, FSB, Miami University (August 1992-June 1997)
  • Tenured: FSB, Miami University (August 1992)
  • Assistant Professor: ISA, FSB, Miami University (August 1987-July 1992)
  • Teaching Assistant: University of Nebraska, Lincoln (August 1986-May 1987)
  • Research Assistant: University of Nebraska, Lincoln (August 1985-May 1987)

Recent Publications

  • “Comparative Empirical Analysis on Computer Software Piracy Behaviors between China and the United States: An Exploratory Study,” (with X. Fang), Journal of International Technology and Information Management, Article 4, Volume 25/Issue 2, 2016, pp. 47-66.
  • “An Exploratory Comparative Analysis of Asian Markets: China versus India," (with S. Sircar), Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Management Studies (on-line), 2016, 3(3), pp. 208-213.
  • "Empirical Analysis of Software Piracy in Asia (Japan VS. Vietnam): an Exploratory Study," (with X. Fang), International Journal of Information Security and Privacy, Vol. 8, No. 2, April-June, 2015, pp. 26-41.
  • "Important Business Considerations For Successful Entry Into The China Market," (with J. Schwarz, J. Coyle, J., T. Boulton, and N. Kameda), Journal of Business Case Studies, Volume 10, Number 1, 2014.
  • "Perception Gaps about Skills Requirement for Entry-Level IS Professionals between Recruiters and Students: An Exploratory Study," (With Xiang Fang), Information Resource Management Journal, Vol. 21, No. 3, July-September 2008, pp. 39-63.
  • "An East-West Comparison of IS Professionals' Performance and Knowledge/Skills: An Empirical Study of USA vs. Taiwan," (With David Yen, K. Chen, and S. Koh), Communication of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. Article 9, Jan. 2005.
  • "Transition of Knowledge/Skills Requirement for Entry-Level IS Professionals: An Exploratory Study," Journal of Computer Information Systems, Xiang Fang and Sooun Lee, Vol. XLVI, No. 1, 2005, pp. 58-70.
  • "An Empirical Study about the Critical Factors affecting MIS students' Job Opportunities," (with Xiang Fang), Journal of Information Technology in Education, Vol. 4, 2005, pp. 389-404.
  • "The Relationship between Information Technology Professionals' Skill Requirements and Career Stage in the E-commerce Era: An Empirical Study," (with S. Koh, D. Yen, and D. Havelka), Journal of Global Information Management, co-author, Vol.12, No.1, Jan-Mar 2004, pp.68-82.
  • "Critical Factors Affecting Job Offers for New MIS Graduates," ,"(with X. Fang, T. Lee, and W. Huang), Journal of Information Systems Education, Vol. 15, No. 2, summer 2004, pp.189-204.
  • "Comparative Analysis between Students Offered Jobs VS. Students Not Offered a Job in Management Information Systems: An Exploratory Study," (with X. Fang, W. Huang, and T. Lee), Review of Business Information Systems, Vol. 8, No. 3, summer 2004, pp.39-50.
  • "Differences in perception of IS Knowledge and Skills between Academia and Industry: Findings from Taiwan," (with D. Yen, H G Chen, and S. Koh), International Journal of Information Management, Vol. 23, 2003, pp. 507-522.
  • "Perception Gaps between IS Academicians and IS Practitioners: An Exploratory Study," (with S. Koh, D. Yen, and H. Tang), Information & Management-Research, Vol. 40, 2002, pp. 51-61.

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the John E. Dolibois Faculty Award for Innovation in Global Programming 2018
  • Nominated for the John E. Dolibois Faculty Award for Innovation in Global Programming 2017
  • Commendations (2015 and 2016 and 2018) from graduating students in a survey identifying any faculty or staff members who made a positive impact on learning and development while at Miami University
  • Nominated for Associated Student Government's 2009-2010 Outstanding Professor Award.
  • Best Paper Award (in recognition of Excellence in Research by Peer Evaluation), (with X. Fang), International Applied Business Research Conference, Acapulco, Mexico, 2003.
  • Nominated for Associated Student Government's 2002-2003 Outstanding Professor Award.
  • Nominated for Miami's Effective Educator Award 2001-2002 by the Miami student class of 1997.
  • Received the Best Paper Award (in recognition of Excellence in Research by Peer Evaluation), co-author, International Applied Business Research Conference, Acapulco, Mexico, 2003. Received the Best Conference Paper Award," co-author, International Business Schools Computer Users Group Conference, 1995.
  • "Changing China," Invited Panelist, presented about the Economy and Environment, East Asia Studies Committee Lecture Series, FSB Taylor Auditorium, 2013
  • "Causes of Economic Strength in S. Korea and Roles of Its Multinational Corporations," Sole invited speaker, Global MBA program, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, July 20, 2012
  • "New Korea: Forefront of Globalization," Sole invited speaker, Sponsored by Miami University (East Asian Studies Committee, The Center for American and World Culture, Farmer School of Business), April 18, 2012.
  • "South Korea Poised to Lead World Economy in 21st Century," Invited speaker/panelist at the 2nd Annual Calvin and Helen Lang Symposium "Asia in the Global Context", Chao Auditorium, The University of Louisville-Kentucky, April 14, 2012.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asian business and economy
  • Global Software Piracy: Causes and Prevention
  • Successful entry strategies to Asia's emerging markets


Dr. Sooun Lee earned his B.S. degree from SungKyunKwan University in Seoul, South Korea in 1982 and came to US to study for graduate degrees. He obtained MBA degree (Finance) from University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado and Ph.D. (MIS) from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska. After his Ph.D. degree, he joined the Miami faculty in 1987.

Dr. Lee's research interests are changing information technology (IT), MIS curriculum, Cyber security, Information Piracy, Entry strategies to Asian markets, Asian emerging markets, etc. His research has appeared in the Information and Management, Journal of Global Information Management, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Communications of the AIS, and elsewhere.

He taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on a range of information systems/technology topics to international business topics in Asia.

Currently, he is the Director of FSB Higgin Kim Asia Business Program. He raised over $1.75 million worth of gifts for the school and initiated/led several study abroad workshops and exchange programs in Asia.


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