Sven Horak, Ph.D.
MS, International Business, London South Bank University
Sven studied business administration in Germany (B.A. hons.) and international business in the U.K. (M.Sc.) including research and fieldtrips to India (Hyderabad) and Japan (Tokyo and Yokohama). After graduation he entered the Asian automotive industry, managing operations for the Robert Bosch Group in Tokyo, Seoul and Stuttgart. He has been a post-doctoral fellow and research associate funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) and the Mercator School of Management of the Duisburg-Essen University in Germany. From the latter he has been granted a Ph.D. for his research on the influence of informal institutions on managerial decision making behavior. In the field of international business and management his research interests include the fundamental analysis of informal social network structures, interpersonal relationships and social ties, informal management, distinctive socio-cultural aspects of management and ethics.
International Business, International Management
International Management: Informal institutions, informal social networks, informal management, international business ethics
Horak, S. (2017). The informal dimension of Human Resource Management in Korea - Yongo, recruiting practices and career progression. International Journal of Human Resource Management. vol. 28, pp. 1409-1432.
Horak, S., Rowley, C., Bacouël-Jentjens, S., and Bae, J. (2017). Distinctiveness of Human Resource Management in the Asia Pacific Region: Typologies and Levels. International Journal of Human Resource Management. vol. 28, pp. 1393-1408 .
Horak, S., and Cui, J. (2017). Firm Size, Financial Performance and Risk Behavior of Gender-Diversified Boards in the Chinese Automotive Industry – Initial Insights. Personnel Review. vol. 46, pp. 847-866.
Horak, S., and Taube, M. (2016). Same but different? Similarities and fundamental differences of informal social networks in China (Guanxi) and Korea (Yongo). Asia Pacific Journal of Management. vol. 33, pp. 595-616.
Horak, S. (2016). Join in or opt out? A normative-ethical analysis of affective ties and networks in South Korea. Journal of Business Ethics. pp. forthcoming.
Horak, S., and Restel, K. (2016). A Dynamic Typology of Informal Institutions: Learning from the Case of Guanxi. Management and Organization Review. vol. 12, pp. 525-546.
Horak, S., and Yang, I. (2016). Affective networks, informal ties, and the limits of expatriate effectiveness. . International Business Review. vol. 25, pp. 1030-1042.
Horak, S., and Klein, A. (2016). Persistence of informal relation-based networks in East Asia: Evidence from South Korea. Asia Pacific Journal of Management. vol. 33, pp. 673–694 .
Horak, S. (2016). Decision-making behavior, gender differences, and cultural context variables. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management. vol. 16, pp. 281-299.
Horak, S. (2014). Antecedents and characteristics of informal relation-based networks in Korea: Yongo, Yonjul and Inmaek. Asia Pacific Business Review. vol. 20, pp. 78-108.
Horak, S. (2013). Towards a cultural integration in ASEAN and the EU: Supranational values and identity. Harvard Asia Quarterly. vol. 15, pp. 46-51.