Jeonghwan (Jerry) Choi, PhD, MBA, ME


PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014MBA, HHL-Leipzig Graduate School of Management, 2005MBA, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, 2004M.E. INHA Graduate School of Engineering, 1998


Dr. Choi is a scholar, practitioner, and business consultant in the field of human resource management & development (HRM/HRD), and 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. As a former social entrepreneur, he actively engages in social impact investing and social enterprise research and practices. Recently, he is proposing the “Healing organization” concept and theory that can win over the ”Toxic work environment”.

He is the Director of Center for Social Enterprise and Charity (CSEC), International Social Entrepreneurship Research (ISER) Colloquium, Social Media Lab & Virtual Conference Room, and Business Research and Innovation Center at the Kean University (Wenzhou campus).

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

  • MGS*5030 (MBA, HR)
  • MGS4999 (Strategic Management)
  • 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)

Selected Publications

Choi, J., Vaccaro, V.,  Lee, S, Marjerison, R. K., Kim, K, Jeong, B.,.(2023). Social Entrepreneurial Intention Change by Gender During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. [publish agreement: Aug. 30, 2023]  [SCImago: “Q1”, SSCI, ABDC: B-level,  H-Index: 35, Impact Factor 3.72]

Lin, Y., Marjerison, R. K.,  Choi, J., Chae, C., (2022). Supply Chain Sustainability During COVID 19: Last Mile Food Delivery In China. Sustainability, 14, 1484. https://  [published in Jan. 27, 2022]  [SCImago: “Q1”, SSCI, Impact Factor 4.39]

Choi, J., Kim, K, Marjerison, R. K., Jeong, B., Lee, S., Vaccaro, V. (2021). The Effects of Morality and Positivity on Social Entrepreneurial Intention. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 1-21, DOI:, (Published in July 16, 2021) [SCImago: “Q1”, SSCIABDC: B-level, Impact Factor 3.72]

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 ,, [published in June 19, 2019]  [SCImago: “Q1”, ABDC: B-level, SSCI, Impact Factor 3.976]

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. (Published on June 13, 2019,, DOI: 10.1108/IJCMA-02-2019-0037), special edition – Conflict Management in Engineering. [ABDC: “A-level”, SCImago: “Q1”SSCI, H-index: 61, Impact Factor 3.66] 

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, Oct. 15, 2018).  [SCImago: Q4, Impact Factor 1.14; New Jersey Regional Scholarly Conference]

Li, J, Wu, F, Bell, A, Choi, J, Mehdiabadi A. H.  (2018). Talent Management Development in Asia: A Multiple-Case Study, European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 42 Issue: 7/8, pp.499-516 [SCImago: Q2, ABDC: C-level, SSCI, H-index:60, Impact Factor 2.216], (July 29, 2023)

Yam B. LimbuC. JayachandranChristopher McKinleyJeonghwan Choi(2018) “Exploring how structural and cognitive social capital influence preventive health behavior: Evidence from a Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) population”, Health Education, Vol. 118 Issue: 5, pp.370-385,,  [SCImago: Q3, SSCI, H-index: 103, Impact Factor 1.32], Feb. 22, 2018

Jensen R. Limbu, Y.,& Choi, J. (2017). How does the stadium atmosphere at a college football game affect behavioural intentions across gender lines? The mediating role of spectator satisfaction. International Journal of Management and Marketing Research, v.9 (2), pp. 41-58 (Feb. 24, 2017) DOI. .  [ABDC: C-level] 

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  [SSRN, Ulrich, WorldCat, and Google Scholar Index]

Choi, J. (2014). Learning from Experiences of Project Successes and Failures in the Workplace. International Journal of Business & Applied Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2014. PA, USA. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32010.41924. [SCImago: Q4, Impact Factor 1.14; New Jersey Regional Scholarly Conference]

Choi, J., Jeong, S., & Kehoe, C. (2012). Women in entrepreneurship education in US higher education. Journal of Business Diversity, 12(2), 11-26. [EBSCO, SSRN, PROQUEST, and Google Scholar Index]

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 (SCImago: Q2, SCI, Impact Factor 1.466). 

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 (SCImago: Q2, SCI, 2.172).

Professional Experience

Lecturer, Kean University (Union), 2014 ~ 2015Founder, UC-Smiles, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, 2011~2014Business Strategy Consultant, Germany, Korea, 2004~2005R&D Engineer & Product Management, BOSCH, 1999~2004