Kwanglim Seo, Ph.D.
Kwanglim Seo, is an Associate Professor in Hospitality at the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His areas of expertise are hospitality finance and accounting.
Dr. Seo’s research interests lie in three main areas: 1) managerial decision making and its impact on firm financial performance, 2) executive compensation and agency-related issues, and 3) franchising and strategic investments in the hospitality industry. He was also actively involved in several interdisciplinary research projects funded by USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and SSRI (Social Science Research Institute). The results of his research efforts have appeared in top journals in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Dr. Seo received his Ph.D. in Hospitality Management from The Pennsylvania State University; and M.S. in International Hospitality Management from University of Strathclyde.
Prior to joining the TIM School, Dr. Seo has taught finance and accounting-related courses such as Hospitality Financial Management, Hospitality Financial Accounting, and Hospitality Managerial accounting at Pennsylvania State University. In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Seo has international industry experience. He worked with Holiday Inn Hotel in Glasgow, U.K., the Accor hotel in Tenerife, Spain, and the Riviera Hotel in Daejeon, Korea.