Kang Lee has been on faculty at the Harbert College of Business for only four months, but his work has already been accepted for publication into
one of the nation’s leading academic journals.
Lee, assistant professor in Business Analytics, co-authored the paper “Does Organizational Image Matter? Image, Identification,
and Employee Behaviors in Public and Non-Profit Organizations,” which will soon be
published in the esteemed Public Administration Review.
“This is something that makes me happy, but I must remain humble,” said Lee, who recently
earned a PhD in Business with concentration on Business Analytics from Tennessee.
“Harbert College strives to provide thought leadership through engaged scholarship,”
said Joe Hanna, Associate Dean for Research and Outreach, and Regions Bank Professor. “This is done
in part by faculty members who conduct high quality research and disseminate it by
publishing in top level journal outlets. Not only is Dr. Lee's most recent research
article acceptance a testament to his ability to positively impact thought in his
discipline, it is also very valuable to Harbert College because it impacts both our
research reputation and our students.”
The paper discusses how and why an organization’s image, or identity, influences employee
behavior and performance. According to the study, “organizational image is positively
related to employee identification, and identification has a significant influence
on promoting extra role behaviors and lowering employee absenteeism.”
Kang played a large role in researching statistical data for the project.
“I can do the dirty work -- stay all day, collect the data and analyze it,” he said.
“To consider the error terms are assumed to be correlated across the equations, I
fit Arnold Zellner’s model (econometrics) in this study.”
Kang collected data from the National Administration Studies Project, a survey completed
in 2006. It included seven sections: motivation for taking the current job; work environment;
organizational rules and procedures; civic and political activity; mentoring; job
history; and demographics.
The paper was co-authored by Eunju Rho, assistant professor in Public Administration
and Urban Studies at the University of Akron, and Taesik Yun, Program Coordinator
for the International Center at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute