Han Joon is Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Social Sciences, Yonsei University, Korea. His research interests include social organizations and institutions, cultural and educational aspects of social inequality, and creativity in artistic and intellectual fields. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the evolution of the Japanese banking system. He recently published a book on institutional confidence in South Korea (Hallym University Press, 2008, in Korean). He has published numerous articles in European Sociological Review, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Management Science as well as in Korean academic journals. He is currently working on the pre-colonial and colonial origins of Korean modern organizational models.