Chief researcher


Seongcheol Kim 

Professor in School of Media and Communication, Korea University

Interests  New Media, Digital business, Media Industry

Degree     PhD in Mass Media



Seongcheol Kim received his BBA and MBA from Seoul National University in Korea and an MA in Telecommunication and PhD in Mass Media from Michigan State University in the U.S. Since 1989, Dr. Kim has worked for not only academia but also business and government. He is the former president of the Korean Association for Information Society (KAIS) and Korea Media Management Association (KMMA), and the former director of Korea University Library. He received the Order of Merit from the President of Korea in 2018. He also received the Seoktop Research Award of Korea University from 2017 to 2020 in a row and the Seoktop Teaching Award of Korea University 11 times.

Main research area

Professor Kim is currently the leader of the BK21 Four R&E Center for Media and Communication, the chief of the Center for ICT and Society, the chief of the Smart Media Service Research Center, and the director of the Center for Media Industry. He is also co-editor of Digital Business journal (Elsevier), an associate editor of Telecommunications Policy journal, and a special adviser to the Prime Minister of Korea for Digital Economy. Working closely with his students, he loves solving fast-changing and cutting-edge problems in digital ecosystem and society.


  1. H. Baek, M. Jang and S. Kim, Does rule change cause activity change? An empirical study of online news comments in Korea, Telecommunications Policy, v.44, no.8, 102008, September 2020 (Corresponding author)

  2. S. Lee, M. Choi and S. Kim, They pay for a reason! The determinants of fan’s instant sponsorship for content creators, Telematics and Informatics, v.45, 101286, December 2019 (Corresponding author)

  3. S. Jung, C. Nam, D. Yang and S. Kim, Does corporate sustainability performance increase corporate financial performance? Focusing on the information and communication technology industry in Korea, Sustainable Development, v.26, no.3, pp.243-254, May/June 2018 (Corresponding author)

  4. D. Kim and S. Kim, Newspaper companies’ determinants in adopting robot journalism, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, v.117, pp.184-195, April 2017 (Corresponding author)

  5. J. Choi and S. Kim, Is the smartwatch an IT product or a fashion product? A study on factors affecting the intention to use smartwatches, Computers in Human Behavior, v.63, pp.777~786, October 2016 (Corresponding author