Minseo Baek

Minseo Baek
  • Doctoral Candidate

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    3034 SH-DH
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: Social class and inequality; Careers in fluid organizations; Human resource management

Links: Personal Website


Why do we see persistent class-based gaps in career attainment and success, even among those with equivalent educational credentials? My research explores the reasons for these gaps and their implications for firms by examining how class background shapes the way people choose and develop their careers.

As organizations attract more employees from diverse backgrounds, employees have become more heterogeneous in what they want from the organization, as well as in their skills and knowledge to navigate their careers. Therefore, understanding these idiosyncrasies and orchestrating them in synergetic ways become ever more critical. Drawing on theories of culture and cognition, I examine how individuals from diverse class backgrounds vary in their approaches to and experiences in navigating careers, focusing on their implications for inequality and human resource management. I use a diverse set of both qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate this question, including interviews, surveys, and archival data analysis.

Before coming to Wharton, I was a co-founder of South Korea’s leading online travel platform.

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  • Minseo Baek, Matthew Bidwell, JR Keller (2021), My Manager Moved! The Effects of Supervisor Mobility on Subordinate Career Outcomes, Organization Science, forthcoming.

    Abstract: How do managers’ moves across jobs affect the subordinates they leave behind? Manager mobility disrupts established manager-subordinate relationships, as subordinates must now learn to work with a replacement. We explore how this relational disruption affects subordinates’ objective career success – specifically their financial rewards and subsequent promotion chances. We argue that manager mobility may have both positive and negative implications for subordinate outcomes. The loss of an established relationship may reduce subordinates’ performance and managers’ propensity to reward them; on the other hand, relational disruption may make subordinates more willing and able to seek out valuable opportunities elsewhere in the organization. We also argue that these effects are likely to be greatest for those subordinates who had worked with the previous manager for longer. Using eight years of personnel data from the US offices of a Fortune 500 healthcare company, we show how managers’ mobility is associated with a decrease in subordinates’ financial rewards, but an increase in their promotion prospects.


All Courses

  • MGMT1010 - Intro To Management

    We all spend much of our lives in organizations. Most of us are born in organizations, educated in organizations, and work in organizations. Organizations emerge because individuals can't (or don't want to) accomplish their goals alone. Management is the art and science of helping individuals achieve their goals together. Managers in an organization determine where their organization is going and how it gets there. More formally, managers formulate strategies and implement those strategies. This course provides a framework for understanding the opportunities and challenges involved in formulating and implementing strategies by taking a "system" view of organizations,which means that we examine multiple aspects of how managers address their environments, strategy, structure, culture, tasks, people, and outputs, and how managerial decisions made in these various domains interrelate. The course will help you to understand and analyze how managers can formulate and implement strategies effectively. It will be particularly valuable if you are interested in management consulting, investment analysis, or entrepreneurship - but it will help you to better understand and be a more effective contributor to any organizations you join, whether they are large, established firms or startups. This course must be taken for a grade.