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Suho Han

Suho Han

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

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Ph D, The University of Texas at Austin (Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship)

Suho Han is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management. His research aims to uncover and explore the complex social and behavioral processes underlying new venture resource acquisition (i.e. how new ventures acquire, keep, and shed key financial, human, and social capital as they evolve). He aims to understand these processes from the perspectives of both investors (e.g. angel investor networks) and entrepreneurial firms (e.g. family-founded technology venture, healthcare startup). His primary methodology involves utilizing in-depth case studies and rich qualitative data (e.g. interviews, direct observations) to examine these processes longitudinally.

Suho holds a Ph.D. in strategic management and entrepreneurship from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a M.A. and a B.S. in economics from Indiana University (Indianapolis) and the University of Washington, respectively.

He currently serves on the editorial review board of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Outside academia, he is actively involved with the Angel Capital Association (ACA) and as an advisor to Honeybee Health Inc.

Research Topics

  • New venture resource acquisition
  • New venture structure and change
  • Angel investor networks
  • Organizational structure
  • Case study methods

Strategic management
Qualitative methods

Professor Han's current research explores the social and behavioral processes and interactions underlying new venture resource acquisition. He examines this in the contexts of both investors (angel investor groups) and new ventures (early-stage startups, healthcare, software industry) using the theoretical lenses of trust, organizational structure and design, coordination, and organizational decision making. His secondary research interest is in case study methodology (single and multiple cases).

Working Papers
  • "New venture formalization, centralization, and resource acquisition", (with Yang, W.)
  • "Trust dynamics in a technology venture", (with Graebner, M., Roundy, P., Lee, S.)
  • "Coordination processes in angel investor networks", (with Graebner, M.)

Awards and Honors

  • Research grant - IC2 Institute (2017)
  • Management department nominee for Fred Moore Assistant Instructor Award for Teaching Excellence - McCombs School of Business (2016)
  • University of Texas graduate professional development award - University of Texas at Austin (2016)
  • Doctoral Workshop Fellowship - Strategic Management Society (2015)
  • Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship dissertation research grant - McCombs School of Business (2015)
  • Eugene and Dora Bonham Memorial Fund - McCombs School of Business (2014)
  • Recruitment Fellowship - University of Texas at Austin (2011)
  • William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Fellowship - University of Texas at Austin (2011)
  • Economics Department Student Assistantship - Indiana University-Indianapolis (2010)
  • University Fellowship - Indiana University-Indianapolis (2009)