Sven Horak

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Sven works in the broad field of global management and organization, specializing on leadership, ethics, informality and organizational agility. His research focuses on finding viable solutions to practical problems and dilemmas international managers face. They help making global organizations and their leaders more effective, efficient and sophisticated in what they do. His recent work has addressed, among others, organizational agility of MNC subsidiaries abroad, sustainability, responsible leadership, managing informal structures and expatriate performance and adjustment.
Sven worked for several years in the automotive industry, managing operations for a leading global automotive supplier out of its headquarters and subsidiaries located in Tokyo, Seoul, and Stuttgart. He held numerous visiting positions at institutions such as The University of Tokyo, Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Korea University, Pennsylvania State University and others. He has been leading and participating in consulting and research projects for the European Commission and other public and private institutions. For further information on his work click here.

Publications

Horak, S.; Afiouni, F.; Bian, Y.; Ledeneva, A.; Muratbekova-Touron, M., Fey, C., 2020.
Informal Networks: Dark Sides, Bright Sides, and Unexplored Dimensions.
Management and Organization Review, 16(3), 511-542.
   » DOI: 10.1017/mor.2020.28  
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/mor.2020.28
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Yang, I.; Horak, S. & Kakabadse, N.K., 2020.
An Integrative Ethical Approach to Leader Favoritism.
Business Ethics: A European Review, forthcoming.
   » DOI: 10.1111/beer.12309
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/beer.12309
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Yang, I.; Horak, S. & Chi, S.-C., 2020.
Leader humor effectiveness – The divergent dynamics of leader humor over time in East Asia and North America.
Thunderbird International Business Review, forthcoming.
   » DOI: 10.1002/tie.22180
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/tie.22180
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Horak, S., 2020.
Are Informal Networks Predominantly an Emerging Market Phenomenon? (pp. 125-137).
In C. Storz & M. Taube (eds.), Firms, Institutions, and the State in East Asia: A Festschrift in Honour of Werner Pascha. Marburg: Metropolis.
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Farndale, E.; Horak, S.; Phillips, J. & Beamond, M., 2019.
Facing complexity, crisis and risk: Opportunities and challenges in International Human Resource Management. Thunderbird International Business Review, 61(3), 465-470.
   » DOI: 10.1002/tie.22037
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/tie.22037
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Horak, S., 2018.
From Cross-Cultural Economic Experiments to Experimental Indigenous Management Research.
Management and Organization Review, 14(4), 651-691.
   » DOI: 10.1017/mor.2018.39
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/mor.2018.39
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Ahlf, H.; Horak, S.; Klein, A. & Yoon, S.W., 2019.
Demographic Homophily, Communication, and Trust in Intra-Organizational Business Relationships.
Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, 34(2), 474-487.
   » DOI: 10.1108/JBIM-03-2018-0093
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-03-2018-0093 
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Horak, S. & Long, C., 2018.
Dissolving the Paradox: Toward a Yin–Yang Perspective on the Power and Trust Antagonism in Collaborative Business Relationships.
Supply Chain Management, 23(6), 573-590.
   » DOI: 10.1108/SCM-01-2018-0013
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/SCM-01-2018-0013
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Klein, A.; Horak, S.; Bacouël-Jentjens, S. & Li, X., 2020.
Does culture frame technological innovativeness? A study of millennials in triad countries.
European Journal of International Management, forthcoming.
   » DOI: 10.1504/EJIM.2019.10016816
   » Link: https://doi.org/10.1504/EJIM.2019.10016816
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Horak, S. 2019.
Yongo
Global Informality Project (INF), 2019.
Online, based on The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality (Ed. A. Ledeneva)
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Horak, S. 2019.
Jinmyaku
Global Informality Project (INF), 2019.
Online, based on The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality (Ed. A. Ledeneva)
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Horak, S., Taube, M.; Yang, I. & Restel, K., 2019.
Two not of a kind: Social network theory and informal social networks in East Asia.
Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 36(2), 349-372.
   » DOI: 10.1007/s10490-018-9602-z
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10490-018-9602-z
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Horak, S.; Klein, A.; Svirina, A., 2020.
Trust, Reciprocity and Reputation in Informal Networks in Post-Soviet Russia.
European Journal of International Management, forthcoming.
   » DOI: 10.1504/EJIM.2019.10016844
   » Link: https://doi.org/10.1504/EJIM.2019.10016844
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Yang, I. & Horak, S., 2018.
Emotions, indigenous affective ties, and social network theory - The case of South Korea.
Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 36(2), 395-414.
   » DOI: 10.1007/s10490-017-9555-7
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10490-017-9555-7 
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Horak, S., Farndale, E., Brannen, M.Y. & Collings, D., 2019.
International Human Resource Management in an Era of Political Nationalism.
Thunderbird International Business Review, 61(3), 471-480.
   » DOI: 10.1002/tie.21959
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/tie.21959
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Horak, S., Arya, B. & Ismail, K., 2018.
Organizational Sustainability Determinants in Different Cultural Settings: A Conceptual Framework.
Business Strategy and the Environment, 27(4), 528-546.
   » DOI: 10.1002/bse.2018
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bse.2018
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Horak, S. & Yang, I., 2019.
Whither seniority? Career progression and performance orientation in South Korea.
International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(9), 1419-1447.
   » DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2017.1362659 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2017.1362659 
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Yang, I. & Horak, S., 2019.
Formal and informal practices in contemporary Korean management.
International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(22), 3113-3137.
   » DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2017.1342683 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2017.1342683 
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Horak, S. & Yang, I., 2018.
A complementary perspective on business ethics in South Korea – Civil religion, common misconceptions, and overlooked social structures.
Business Ethics: A European Review, 27(1), 1-14.
   » DOI: 10.1111/beer.12153 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/beer.12153 
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Horak, S., 2016.
Decision-making behavior, gender differences, and cultural context variables.
International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 16(3), 281-299.  
   » DOI: 10.1177/1470595816665131
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470595816665131
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Rowley, C.; Bae, J.; Horak, S. & Bacouël-Jentjens, S., 2017.
Distinctiveness of Human Resource Management in the Asia Pacific Region: Typologies and Levels.
International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28(10), 1393-1408.
   » DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1189151 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2016.1189151 
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Horak, S. & Cui, J.J., 2017.
Firm Size, Financial Performance and Risk Behavior of Gender-Diversified Boards in the Chinese Automotive Industry – Initial Insights.
Personnel Review, 46(4), 847-866.
   » DOI: 10.1108/PR-10-2015-0274 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/PR-10-2015-0274 
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Horak, S. & Nihalani, K. 2016.
Social Networks, Vertical Core Competencies and Sales Management in Korea.
Management Decision, 54(8), 1929-1946.
   » DOI: 10.1108/MD-06-2015-0230 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/MD-06-2015-0230 
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Horak, S., 2018.
Join in or opt out? A normative-ethical analysis of affective ties and networks in South Korea.
Journal of Business Ethics, 149(1), 207-220.
   » DOI: 10.1007/s10551-016-3125-7 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-016-3125-7
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Horak, S. & Yang, I., 2016.
Affective networks, informal ties, and the limits of expatriate effectiveness.
International Business Review, 25(5), 1030-1042.
   » DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2016.01.006
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2016.01.006
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Horak, S. & Restel, K., 2016.
A dynamic typology of informal institutions: Learning from the case of Guanxi.
Management and Organization Review, 12(3), 525-546.
   » DOI: 10.1017/mor.2015.51 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/mor.2015.51 
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Horak, S. & 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, 33(3), 595-616.
   » DOI: 10.1007/s10490-015-9452-x 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10490-015-9452-x 
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Horak, S., 2017.
The informal dimension of Human Resource Management in Korea - Yongo, recruiting practices and career progression.
International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28(10), 1409-1432.
   » DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2015.1089062 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2015.1089062 
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Horak, S., 2015.
Extreme males - balanced females: sharing behavior in Korea.
Gender in Management: An International Journal, 30(8), 652 - 662.
   » DOI: 10.1108/GM-12-2014-0121
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/GM-12-2014-0121 
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Horak, S. & Klein, A., 2016.
Persistence of informal social networks in East Asia: Evidence from South Korea.
Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 33(3), 673-694.
   » DOI: 10.1007/s10490-015-9416-1 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10490-015-9416-1 
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Horak, S., 2015.
Culture or anonymity? Differences in proposer behaviour in Korea and Germany.
International Journal of Psychology, 50(5), 397–401.
   » DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12142 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12142
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Horak, S., 2015.
The multi-dimensional influence of informal social networks in Korea – Propositions for future management research.
Journal of General Management, 40(2), 47-65.
   » DOI: 10.1177/030630701404000204
   » Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/030630701404000204
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Horak, S., 2015.
Approaching Korean business and management ideals through the lens of Yongo. A scholar-practitioner perspective.
Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, 16(3), 210-222.
   » DOI: 10.1080/10599231.2015.1062315 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10599231.2015.1062315 
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Saeki, Y. & Horak, S., 2014.
Trust and the cultivation of relation-specific skills. Evidence from a multinational automotive supplier in Japan and Germany.
Management Decision, 52(8), 1433- 1450.
   » DOI: 10.1108/MD-09-2013-0460 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/MD-09-2013-0460 
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Horak, S., 2014.
Antecedents and characteristics of informal relation-based networks in Korea: Yongo, Yonjul and Inmaek.
Asia Pacific Business Review, 20(1), 78-108.
   » DOI: 10.1080/13602381.2013.791567 
   » Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13602381.2013.791567 
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