David Park: Former Marine Turned Professional Learner

David Park loves to learn. In fact, his decision to become an entrepreneurship professor is rooted in that love. He joined the Whitman School faculty in September 2017 as an assistant professor of entrepreneurship.

“I am an avid learner. Especially, I love to study business and entrepreneurship because it changes so rapidly and there are so many things that we don’t know yet,” he said. “I also learn when I teach. When I teach, I get a better and clearer understanding of the subject matter.”

Professor Park added that one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is to see students’ eyes light up when they gain fresh perspectives or learn new things. 

In addition to teaching, Professor Park explores topics related to strategy and entrepreneurship, as well as new venture finance. His research focuses on how entrepreneurs raise money for their ventures.

“Having a personal experience with raising money for an entrepreneurial venture, I am interested in entrepreneurial finance,” he said. “Another stream of my research focuses on the role of beliefs and preferences of business decision makers such as top managers and directors in the board. Particularly, I examine political ideology of these people and how it influences organizational decisions.”

Professor Park earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Seoul and master of science degree in international business at Seoul National University in Korea. He recently received his Ph.D. in strategy and entrepreneurship from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He previously served as an officer in the R.O.K. Marine Corps. 

“As much as I love intellectual exercises, such as learning and thinking, I enjoy physical exercises including swimming, running and weight training,” he said. “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”