David Choi, Ph.D.

Office: Hilton 371
Phone: 310.338.2344
Email: dchoi@lmu.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • New Venture Creation & Design
  • Financing of Entrepreneurial Companies  
  • Management of High Technology Ventures
  • Social Entrepreneurship 


Dr. David Y. Choi has had an active career as an academic, consultant and entrepreneur over the last 20 years. Dr. Choi has been a faculty member and associate director of the nationally ranked Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship at LMU since 2003. He has taught undergraduate and MBA courses in entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, social entrepreneurship and technology management at LMU as well as other institutions around the world including Peking University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and Korea University. Dr. Choi is a winner of a national teaching award from the United States Association of Business and Entrepreneurship (USABE). He has been featured or quoted in many business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Los Angeles Business Journal and Business2.0, among others.

Dr. Choi founded and continues to be closely involved with several entrepreneurial companies in software, biotechnology and hedge fund management, which have raised tens of millions of dollars in capital and generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue.

Dr. Choi has written extensively on entrepreneurship and technology management. He is a co-author of "Values-Centered Entrepreneurs and Their Businesses," a book on social entrepreneurship. Additionally, he co-authored a case titled "Novica: Arts and Crafts of Social Venturing," which was the 2011 second runner-up of the Curtis E. Tate award given out by the Case Research Journal. His research on online piracy (Online Piracy, Innovation, and the Legitimate Business Models) has been widely featured in major newspapers and websites around the world. Dr. Choi’s article on wireless communication was rated as one of the "Top 10 articles of 2001."

Before joining the LMU faculty, Dr. Choi worked for almost 10 years in the private sector with companies like The Boston Consulting Group, Diamond Technology Partners, and Titan Corporation. He was also a co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Leadership Initiative at Harvard Business School. 

  • PhD: UCLA (1997)
  • MS: UC-Berkeley (1990)
  • BS: UC-Berkeley (1989)

Recent Publications
  • Groves, Kevin S., Vance, Charles M. & Choi, D. Y. (2011). "Examining Entrepreneurial Cognition: An Occupational Analysis of Balanced Linear/Nonlinear Thinking and Entrepreneurial Success." Journal of Small Business Management. 49:3 July.
  • Grossman, E. & Choi, D. Y. (2010). "Novica: Arts and Crafts of Social Venturing." Case Research Journal. Vol. 30 Iss. 4.
  • Choi, D. Y., & Gray, E. (2010). "Values-Centered Entrepreneurs and Their Companies. How a New Brand of Entrepreneurs Build Profitable Companies and Make a Positive Contribution to Society."Routledge. 
  • Choi, D. Y. (2009). "Making Entrepreneurial Finance Relevant and Interesting for Aspiring Entrepreneurs. Creating Entrepreneurs – Making Miracles Happen." Edited by Fred Kiesner, WorldScientific.
  • Choi, D.Y. & Gray, E.R. (2008). "What Should Investors Know About Social Ventures?" Journal of Private Equity. Fall, Vol. 11, No. 4.
  • Choi, D.Y. & Gray, E.R. (2008). "Socially Responsible Entrepreneurs: What Do They Do (To Create and Build Their  Companies)?" Business Horizons. Vol. 51, Iss. 4 (Marketed through Harvard Business School Publishing).
  • Choi, D.Y. & Kiesner, F. (2007). "Homeboy Industries: Incubator of Hope and Businesses." Entrepreneurship Theorgy and Practice. Vol. 31, Iss. 5.
  • Choi, D. Y. & Perez, A. (2007). "Online Piracy, Innovation, and Legitimate Business Models." Technovation: The International Journal of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management. Vol. 24, Iss. 4.