Young Hou

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


FOB 254

Areas of Expertise

Corporate Strategy, Nonmarket Strategy, Competitive Strategy

Education: B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Harvard University; Ph.D., Harvard Business School

Young Hou is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy, Ethics and Entrepreneurship area at Darden, where he teaches core Strategy and Corporate Strategy in the full-time MBA program and Strategy and Analytics in the M.S. in Business Analytics program.

His research focuses on the dynamic interplay between firm positioning and firm resources in market and nonmarket settings. In particular, he examines how firms reposition themselves to enhance their competitiveness and increase the value of their resources. His work employs computationally scalable machine learning techniques to analyze high-dimensional data, neural networks, experiments, and interviews.

Young Hou graduated from Harvard Business School with a Ph.D. in Business Administration in Strategy. He received his Master of Arts in Statistics from Harvard University, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Engineering from Dartmouth College, graduating magna cum laude with high honors. Prior to joining academia, he worked as a fixed income derivatives trader with PnL responsibilities at Fidelity Investments in Boston.

Selected Publications

Hou, Young and Poliquin, Christopher. "The Effects of CEO Activism: Partisan Consumer Behavior and Its Duration." Strategic Management Journal 44, no. 3 (March 2023): 672-703. Available at https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.3451

Hou, Young and Yao, Dennis. "Pushed into a Crowd: Repositioning Costs, Resources, and Competition in the RTE Cereal Industry," Strategic Management Journal 43, no. 1 (January 2022): 3-29. Lead Article. Available at https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.3336


Selected Working Papers

Hou, Young and Poliquin, Christopher. "Political Consumerism: Ideology or Signaling." Available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4718887

Poliquin, Christopher and Hou, Young. "Policymaker Responses to CEO Activism." Available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4606719

Hou, Young and Poliquin, Christopher. "CEO Activism and Public Mobilization."  Available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4627436

Poliquin, Christopher and Hou, Young. "The Value of Corporate Political Donations: Evidence from the Capitol Riot." Available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4005515