• Fall 2016 Full-Time MBA Admissions
    Fall 2016 Full-Time MBA Admissions
     
    | Schedule of Fall 2016 MBA
    · Online Application Deadline: By April 29, 2016 (Fri)
    · Announcement of Initial Screening Results: May 13, 2016 (Fri)
     
    | Schedule of Fall 2016 MBA Information Sessions
    · First Information Session: April 2, 2016 (Sat); 14:00 
    · Second Information Session: April 18, 2016 (Wed); 19:30 

    | Contact Us | 
    - Phone: 02-3290-5365
    - E-mail: mba_admission@korea.ac.kr
  • The 3rd KUBS Tour and Teen Gathering
    The 3rd KUBS Tour and Teen Gathering

    KUBS will be hosting the 3rd KUBS Tour and Teen Gathering for high school students aspiring to be the next generation of business leaders. The event provides an opportunity for to experience Korea University Business School in advance and also receive advice from KUBS students.
     
    • Host: KUBS & KUBS Student Ambassador (KUBE)
    • Date: May 28, 2016 (Sat); 10:00 – 13:00 (3 hours)
    • Venue: KUBS Campus at Korea University (Anam)
    • Eligibility: 1st- or 2nd-year high school students who are interested in Business Administration
  • KUBS MBA, “No. 1” for 4 consecutive years
    KUBS MBA, No. 1 for 4 consecutive years
    The Korea University Business School (KUBS) topped the 2016 Nationwide Assessment of MBA, conducted by Hankyung Business, for the fourth consecutive year. Since the assessment began in 2013, KUBS has always been a top MBA, reaffirming its leading position in Korea.
     
    The MBA assessment, jointly conducted by Hankyung Business and Global Research, was surveyed by human resource executives and managers from 300 top domestic companies. The six assessment categories include △Professionalism, △Employer’s Preference, △Globalization, △Development Potential, △Compatibility with Organization, and △Entrance into Graduate School.
  • “One with Professionalism and Positive Attitude Can Succeed”
    Alumnus Sang Il Lee, CEO of Iljin Group
    - Alumnus Sang Il Lee (Commerce, ’57), CEO of Iljin Group
     
    By starting off with automotive parts business in 1978, Iljin Group has become a legend through its success in the world’s wheel bearing industry. Innovative technologies based on customer satisfaction have transformed Iljin Global into a world-class company.
     
    On March 2, alumnus Sang Il Lee shared his business philosophy and the story of love for his alma mater at the Iljin Group headquarters located in Samseong-dong. Alumus Lee, who has donated the start-up business funds of 2 billion KRW for KUBS students, said, “You can make a change if you keep challenging without being afraid of failure.”
  • 경영전문대학원 최고경영자과정(AMP) 조선일보 보도
    KUBS “Advanced Management Program” in the Media
    KUBS “Advanced Management Program”
    The KUBS Advanced Management Program (AMP), founded in 1975, is known primarily for its deep and abundant learning experience. The program aims to educate up-to-date management theories to leaders from diverse sectors of society, including entrepreneurs and high ranking government officials, and their alumni network has been continuing for more than 40 years.

    Dong-One Kim, KUBS Dean, said, “We have greatly contributed to the development of Korea by re-educating entrepreneurs with new studies and management techniques.”

     
    An excerpt from <Chosun Ilbo> on January 29, 2016
Preliminary Graduation Qualification Review for Prospective Graduates of August 2016
The Department Office of Business Administration provides preliminary graduation qualification review for prospective graduates of August 2016. The corresponding students must visit the office and check graduation information within the review period.   1. Eligibility: Prospective graduates of August 2016 ** Due to a high number of visitors, we request only students who have received a text message from KUBS to visit the office.** 2. Period: November 16, 2015 (Mon) – November 20, 2015 (Fri); 09:30 – 17:00 (Lunch break: 12:00 – 13:00) 2. Period: ★ May 2 – May 4, 2016 (Mon – Wed); Entering Class of 2011 – 2013 (First major, double major, and dual degree included)                  ★ May 9 – May 11, 2016 (Mon – Wed); Entering Class of 2003 – 2010 (First major, double major, and dual degree included) 3. Time: 10:00 – 16:30 (Lunch time excluded; 12:00 – 13:00) 4. Venue: The Department Office of Business Administration (Room 103 in KUBS Main Building) 5. Inquiries: The Department Office of Business Administration (Tel: 02-3290-2702)   In addition, the Department Office of Business Administration would like to inform you about the graduation in order to reduce students’ anxiety for graduation and also to prevent graduation issues in advance.   For those who expect to graduate in August 2016, please carefully read the guideline and attachment below to avoid any disadvantages.   1. Contact Information Update We may have to contact prospective graduates due to changes in academic record. Please note that students who do not respond or cannot be reached may be penalized. We will send a text message to all prospective students in early August. Check your text messages first. If any problem occurs, please contact the Department Office of Business Administration immediately. 2. Request for Verifying & Changing English Name (including first time entry) Verification: http://portal.korea.ac.kr > Registration & Graduation > University Registration > University Registration Inquiries Request: e-mail your student ID number, Korean name, and English name to shineh@korea.ac.kr Period: February graduates: by late December / August graduates: by late June Notes: English diploma will not be issued to students who did not enter their English name (even if students enter their name after graduation, we cannot issue an English diploma). Your diploma will be printed with your name as it appears on the portal. Please double check your name (such as letter cases and spaces).  3. Graduation Requirements Submission & Confirmation Submit the “Certificate of Graduation Requirements” (February graduates: by January 15 / August graduates: by July 15) ** When submitting Official English Proficiency Test Score and Korean Proficiency Test Score (international students only), we only accept the valid scores. Prospective students must confirm their Preliminary Graduation Qualification Review. Review Period: Please see above 4. Multiple Majors (Double Majors, Major Convergence (Interdisciplinary Major), Dual Degree, and Minor) Multiple major can be withdrawn by late July (prospective graduates of August) or by late January (prospective graduates of February) on the portal system (students cannot withdraw in February and August) ** http://portal.korea.ac.kr > 학적/졸업 > 학적사항 > “다중전공포기신청” (only available on the Korean portal) 포기신청유의사항(필독) > 포기신청 동의(클릭) > 제출(클릭) > 확인(클릭)—(only available on the Korean portal) Students who have not satisfied the graduation requirements nor withdrawn from double/major convergence cannot graduate. Student who intend to withdraw from their dual degree program and wish to confer with the bachelor’s degree with the first major must apply for the withdrawal through the portal system before the deadline. Before Fall 2013 semester, students who have fulfilled the graduation requirements for their first major but did not fulfill their minor had to withdraw from their minor program and then graduate. However, students now may take an additional semester to complete their minor and then graduate (when taking an additional semester, students must submit a “Statement of Reasons for Taking Additional Semester (추가학기 등록 사유서)” to the Department Office of Business Administration. 5. Transfer Students (General Transfer & Transfer with Bachelor’s Degree) General Transfer: If students have courses (completed from a previous institution and recognized by KUBS) that are approved as required major courses by KUBS, they must take additional major electives that are equivalent to the number of transfer credits (this applies to double majors in Business Administration as well). Transfer with a Bachelor’s Degree: Students must complete credits required for dual degree (designated courses) in accordance with the entry year. 6. Commencement KUBS Commencement will be held in late February. (one time a year; August graduates included) Check the date and let us know whether you are joining the commencement or not (mandatory) The commencement date will be announced on the KUBS website (will be posted in early February)  
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Guideline for 2016 Summer Session Registration
1. Schedule Details Date and Time Remarks Course Registration & Add/Drop Period May 24 (Tue); 10:00 – May 26 (Thu); 17:00   Tuition Payment May 30 (Mon); 10:00 – June 2 (Thu); 23:00 Transfer via Hana Bank virtual account Course Cancellation Announcement & Refunds June 14 (Tue)   Course Registration Period after Course Cancellation June 16 (Wed); 9:00 – 16:30 Students who have enrolled in cancelled courses only Tuition Payment Period after Course cancellation June 17 (Thu); 09:00 – 23:00 Students who have enrolled in cancelled courses only Course Period June 22 (Wed) – July 19 (Tue) Four times a week (from (Monday to Thursday) Withdrawal June 20 (Mon) – July 5 (Tue); 10:00 – 23:00 - Withdraw courses via Portal - Refund will be made according to the withdrawal date (see below)   2. Course Registration (The course list will be uploaded on May 16 (Mon) – Visit http://sugang.korea.ac.kr and click “Major Subject” to view the course list) (A) Eligibility: KU students, including students on leave of absence and exchange students from different universities (B) Procedure: Log-in to course registration system (http://sugang.korea.ac.kr) (C) Course Registration System Login (1) KU Students: Student ID → Password → Log-in (2) Exchange Students: Temporary Student ID → Last 7 digits of Resident Registration Number → Log-in (D) Criteria for Course Offering: Separate regulation regarding course cancellation (will comply with Article 4 of the “Policy and Guidelines for Management of the Organization of Educational Programs”). (E) Credit & Grade Approval (1) According to Article 49, Section 1 of Academic Operations Regulations, a total of 6 credits can be earned (2) Grades will be recorded as “Summer Session” and added to the cumulative GPA (3) Students who are on leave of absence cannot graduate in August 2016 or February 2017 right after taking Winter or Summer Session (4) NOTES: - Winter and Summer Sessions run for a short period of time during breaks for those who need credits besides regular semesters. Students can enroll voluntarily for sessions. - Due to the short time frame, students cannot take lectures in advance and make decisions. Please note that refunds cannot be made for personal reasons after the course registration period. - If students do not make a tuition payment by the deadline, registered courses will be automatically deleted which can lead to course cancellation. Registered courses cannot be cancelled or changed after course cancellation period. Please give careful consideration when registering courses and paying tuition fees. - Courses that have been offered in Spring 2016 on Sejong Campus can be retaken one time only. (F) Some courses can be registered after confirming the minimum required grade in prerequisite courses. If a student is currently taking prerequisites, (s)he cannot not register for courses that require prerequisites for Summer Session 3. Payment: Transfer via Hana Bank virtual account (transfer to each virtual account by course) 4. Course Cancellation: The announcement will be on the Portal System on June 14 (Tue); (students who have enrolled in cancelled courses can change courses or get a refund) 5. Tuition Fees: One credit: 107,900 KRW / Two credits: 215,800 KRW / Three credits: 323,700 KRW 6. Withdrawals during Session: When a student withdraws from a course after the tuition payment period ends, (s)he can receive a refund according to the course withdrawal date (withdrawals and registered courses cannot be cancelled or changed) Course Withdrawal Period (Available Hours: 10:00 – 23:00) Tuition Refund Before Class Starts (By June 21; 23:00) Full refund of tuition 1/3 of the course period (By June 28; 23:00) 2/3 refund of tuition 1/2 of the course period (By July 5; 23:00) 1/2 refund of tuition  ※ Visit KU Portal System to request for course withdrawal and refund (Refund will be made to your recorded bank account on the KU Portal in two weeks from the deadline)   7. Summer Session Class Schedule (50 minutes lectures and 10 minutes break)  Period Time Period Time 1 9:00 – 9:50 5 13:00 – 13:50 2 10:00 – 10:50 6 14:00 – 14:50 3 11:00 – 11:50 7 15:00 – 15:50 4 12:00 – 12:50 8 16:00 – 16:50   April 2016 Vice President for Academic Affairs
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[2016 Nationwide MBA Assessment] Korean MBA Market Settled Down, KUBS Reaffirms Its “No. 1” Position
Korean MBA Market Settled Down, KUBS Reaffirms Its “No. 1” Position The top universities in the ranking remained the same…Universities show “distinctive” strengths in each category     Eleven years is a sufficient amount of time for the Korean MBA program, launched in 2006, to settle down. The Korean MBA program has become a guidebook of fostering business leaders in the era of limitless competition.   Hankyung Business has been conducting an annual assessment since 2013, surveying human resource managers from 300 top domestic companies to affirm the current status of Korean MBA programs. The results were based on 14 universities, including KAIST, approved as a “Korean MBA Program” by the Ministry of Education. The survey were divided into six categories: △Professionalism, △Employer’s Preference, △Globalization, △Development Potential, △Compatibility with Organization, and △Entrance into Graduate School.    The KUBS MBA topped the 2016 Nationwide MBA Assessment for the fourth consecutive year. The overall score is 4,470 points, increasing by over 700 points compared with the previous year (3,751 points). The MBA program at Seoul National University (SNU) ranked No. 2 behind the KUBS MBA with a margin of 183 points. The score-gap is constantly widened following by 7 points in 2014 and 75 points in 2015.   The winning key to this match is the “Compatibility with Organization” category. This category asks how well can MBA graduates communicate with team members using their friendly and altruistic mind in a Korean company with a strong organizational culture. KUBS ranked No. 1 in the overall assessment because Compatibility with Organization score has risen sharply (684 points→822 points). At the same time, SNU suffered from the same category. The score-gap between KUBS and SNU is 306 points, which is greater than the overall score-gap.   The Compatibility with Organization category is significant in the assessment due its small score-gap and frequent ranking change. As a university receives a high score in this category, the overall ranking is more likely to be changed. In the meantime, this year’s MBA assessment has shown similar results of “2015 Nationwide MBA Assessment,” conducted by Hankyung Business in April.   An excerpt from Hankyung Business Vol. 1064 | Reporter Byung Hwa Kim  
Apr 18, 2016
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[2016 Nationwide MBA Assessment] KU MBA Maintains “No. 1” for 4 Consecutive Years
KUBS MBA Maintains “No. 1” for 4 Consecutive Years [2016 Nationwide MBA Assessment] Selected by HR teams from 300 companies     Korea University Business School (KUBS) topped the 2016 Nationwide Assessment of MBA, conducted by Hankyung Business, for the fourth consecutive year. Since the assessment began in 2013, KUBS has always been a top MBA, reaffirming its leading position in Korea. The MBA assessment, jointly conducted by Hankyung Business and Global Research, was surveyed by human resource executives and managers from 300 top domestic companies. The six assessment categories include △Professionalism, △Employer’s Preference, △Globalization, △Development Potential, △Compatibility with Organization, and △Entrance into Graduate School. The respondents selected 10 MBA schools by choosing a “Strongly Agree” option in the survey questionnaires, then scored ten points for No. 1, nine points for No. 2, and one point for No. 10.   Among six assessment categories, the KUBS MBA placed the first in △Development Potential and △Compatibility with Organization. Particularly, the MBA program ranked No. 1 in the overall assessment due to the Compatibility with Organization score, which has risen sharply (684 points→822 points).   Hankyung Business reported, “The KUBS MBA shows a steady strength in the category that asks how well can graduates communicate with team members with friendly and altruistic mind in a Korean company where it has a strong organizational culture.” The magazine also stated, “The KUBS MBA was able to rank No. 1 in the Development Potential category, which has small score-gap and frequent ranking change, because KUBS has joined the CEMS Global Alliance, and is targeting the global MBA market.”   Meantime, the KUBS MBA placed 27th worldwide (No. 1 in Korea) in the Financial Times’s Executive MBA assessment. As the best business education institution in Korea, the KUBS MBA is evaluated by various outcomes.   Dean Dong-One Kim said, “The KUBS MBA has been running MBA curriculums which meet various needs of applicants and providing full support.” He added, “Furthermore, as the best MBA program in Korea, we will strengthen our position by producing talented leaders with challenge-driven and adventurous spirit who can open up new avenues.” Click here to view <Hankyung Business> Vol. 1064 via E-Book     View Related Articles   [2016 전국 MBA 평가] 자리 잡은 한국형 MBA 시장, 고려대 ‘1위’ 굳건 [2016 전국 MBA 평가] 경쟁력 있는 특화 과정으로 중무장 [2016 전국 MBA 평가] 김동원 원장 인터뷰 “한국판 테슬라, 고려대 MBA에서 키울 겁니다”
Apr 18, 2016
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Professor Kwangtae Park Elected 33rd President of Korean Association of Small Business Studies
Professor Kwangtae Park Elected as 33rd President of Korean Association of Small Business Studies The Turn-over and Inauguration Ceremony was held at “2016 Spring Symposium of the Korean Association of Small Business Studies” on April 8…The term of office ends in April 2017   Professor Kwangtae Park at Korea University Business School (KUBS) has been elected as the 33rd president of the Korean Association of Small Business Studies. The turn-over and inauguration ceremony was held at the “2016 Spring Symposium of Korean Association of Small Business Studies" on April 8 (Fri). Professor Park will serve a one-year term until April 2017 as president of the Korean Association of Small Business Studies.   The Korean Association of Small Business Studies was established in 1978 under the purpose of developing small and medium-sized businesses (SME). It is a representative association for SMEs having members of about 2,000. The association has been contributing in many areas, such as SME research, support policy development, and global strategic plan, by organizing annual symposium, forums, journal publication, and a variation of research activities.     “I will do my absolute best to create synergy with research activities of each area, globalization of association, and other SME associations,” Professor Park said, delivering his inaugural speech. Professor Kwangtae Park is currently serving as △Vice President of Korea Logistics Society, △Management Consultant of Small and Medium Business Corporation, and △Consulting Professor of Samsung Electronics for Win-Win Cooperation. In addition, he was △Associate Dean of Korea University Business School, △President of Korea Productivity Association, △President of Korean Corporation Management Association, etc.     View Related Articles [한국대학신문] 박광태 고려대 교수, 한국중소기업학회장 취임 [서울신문] 박광태 한국중소기업학회장 취임 [천지일보] [인사동정] 고려대 경영대학 박광태 교수, 한국중소기업학회 제33대 회장 취임 [매일경제] 박광태 신임 중소기업학회장 "대-중소기업 신뢰 구축 돕겠다" [매일경제] 박광태 신임 중소기업학회장 "대기업·중기 새 상생협력 패러다임 제시하겠다" [한국경제] 박광태 교수, 중소기업학회 회장 취임 [이데일리] 박광태 고려대 교수, 33대 중소기업학회장 취임 [중앙일보] [사랑방] 고운국제교류사업회 外 [아주경제] 박광태 한국중소기업학회장 취임  
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Professor Sang Yong Kim publishes business students’ must-read book “Business Keywords 101”
Professor Sang Yong Kim publishes business students’ must-read book “Business Keywords 101”   Professor Sang Yong Kim has published a book titled “Business Keywords 101.” The new book which is a sequel to Professor Kim’s another book called “Marketing Keyword 101” has been released in three years. The book also addresses the broad range of business world.   “Business Keywords 101” covers the fundamentals of each business area, ranging from △General business △Management, △Operations, △Strategy, △Marketing, △Finance·Accounting, etc., that CEOs as well as jobseekers and businessmen must know about. In addition, as the book includes business episodes and quotations from legendary CEOs and business scholars, readers who first encounter the book can easily understand the contents. The book has been reviewed as “the dictionary of business concept.” It elaborates key information in everyday expressions that non-business majors should also know in this age of information overflow.   Professor Kim said, “We are currently living in the “society of excessive information” where it is difficult to figure out which information is useful to us.” He added, “If you are struggling in the flood of information due to lack of business fundamentals, I hope that reading this book will act as a rescue tube to help you survive.”      Professor Sang Yong Kim graduated from Seoul National University with a bachelor’s degree in Western History. Later, he earned an MBA degree at Carnegie Mellon University and Ph.D. in Marketing at Duke University. Prior to working at Korea University since 2001, Professor Kim was a professor at Hallym University and KAIST.  At Korea University, he served as △Vice President for Development and External Affairs and △Associate Dean of MBA Program. He is currently Program Director of AMP. Professor Kim also served as Editor-in-Chief of “Asia Marketing Journal” from 2013 to 2014 and president of Services Marketing Association in 2015. He has recently elected as president of Korean Marketing Association for a term of two years starting April 2017. In addition to that, a radio program “Three Minutes Radio MBA” on KBS1 radio channel and a TV program “Professor Kim Sang Yong’s What Do You Think?” on KPBS channel were hosted by the professor.   Professor Kim’s major publications include “Business Keywords 101,” “Marketing Keywords 101,” Customer-oriented Distribution Management,” “Marketing Episodes,” “Internet Marketing,” etc.  
Apr 05, 2016
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Alumnus Haksoo Lee (Commerce, ’65) sworn in as the 32nd president of KU Alumni Association
Alumnus Hak-Soo Lee (Commerce, ’65) sworn in as the 32nd president of KU Alumni Association On March 31, the inauguration was held during “The 2016 Annual Meeting” at Alumni Hall…He will serve until 2019     Hak-Soo Lee (Commerce, ’65), former vice president of Samsung Strategic Planning Office, was sworn in as the 32nd president of KU Alumni Association. On March 31 at 6:30 PM, he was inducted as the president through the ratification of “The 2016 Annual Meeting” held at the auditorium in Alumni Hall at Korea University. President Lee was nominated as the sole candidate for the position by Nomination Committee of the KU Alumni Association. He will serve a three-year term as the president.     President Lee graduated from the College of Commerce at Korea University in 1969 and KUBS Graduate School in 1971. After graduating, he started his career at Cheil Industries and stepped down as the advisor at Samsung C&T on December 2011. He worked at Samsung Group for 40 years.   He served as △Managing Director of Cheil Industries, △Management Chief of Samsung Group Secretary’s Office, △Finance Chief of Samsung Group Secretary’s Office, △Vice President of Samsung Group Secretary’s Office, △President of Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, △Chief Executive Officer of the SAMSUNG Reformation Headquarters, △Vice President of Samsung Electronics, △Chief of Samsung Strategic Planning Office, △Advisor of Samsung Electronics, △Advisor of Samsung C&T, etc.   Meantime, President Lee was selected for the “Annual Alumni Award” at the KUBS Alumni Association in 2000 as well as the Gold Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit in 2002 and KU Family Award in 2004, respectively.  
Apr 01, 2016
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Seven KUBS Ph.D. students selected for Excellent Research Paper Award by Graduate School
Seven (7) KUBS Ph.D. students were selected for Excellent Research Paper Award by Graduate School The award is presented every year by KU Graduate School to enhance research capabilities The recipients from 7 areas, including △Management, △Marketing, △Finance, △LSOM, △International Business, etc. have been selected through the judging process   (From left) Recipient Jun-Yong Shim, HanJun Lee, Hye Youn Park, Na Mi Kim, Hee-Jung Choi, and Associate Dean Seung-Weon Yoo     Seven KUBS Ph.D. students were selected for the Excellent Research Paper Award and Academic Encouraging Scholarship given by Korea University Graduate School. On March 2 at 2:00 PM, Associate Dean Seung-Weon Yoo and six recipients attended the award ceremony held at the Associate Dean’s Office.   The award is presented to completed research students who have submitted excellent research papers in order to enhance their research capabilities. The school selects finalists from each college in January and July every semester, and they are granted research scholarship.   The candidates were recommended by seven areas, which are △Management, △International Business, △Marketing, △Finance, △Accounting, △LSOM, and △MIS, and then chosen through a strict judging process.   The award recipients are as follows: △Na Mi Kim (Ph.D. student in Management), △Hye Youn Park (Ph.D. student in International Business), △Jun-Yong Shim (Ph.D. student in Accounting), △Eunyoung Lee (Ph.D. student in Markeing ), △Han Jun Lee (Ph.D. student in MIS), △Euibeom Jeong (Ph.D. student in LSOM), and △Hee-Jung Choi (Ph.D. student in Finance) (the list is in a Korean alphabetical order). An award certificate and scholarship of 2,000,000 won are awarded to the recipients.   Associate Dean Seung-Weon Yoo said, “Students’ research capabilities represent the competitiveness of the university.” He added, “We will continue to offer rewards and provide full support to students who have achieved excellent research performance.”   
Mar 30, 2016
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New Faculty Appointed at KUBS for Spring 2016
New Faculty Appointed at KUBS for Spring 2016   Korea University Business School has additionally appointed a new professor for Spring 2016. Professor Cecile Cho will be conducting a research and teaching courses starting Spring 2016. Professor Cho's research interests focus on consumer behavior. Her primary areas of interest are consumer motivation, its consequences on preference judgment and post-purchase behavior, including satisfaction and sequential goal setting in the domain of financial decision making. In another research stream, she examines impact of motivation on choice behavior under uncertainty, with a particular focus on consumers of emerging markets.   Professor Cho received her Ph.D. in Marketing from Columbia University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. She has also attended Harvard College and Princeton University for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Russian Studies. Prior to coming to SKK GSB, she has taught Consumer Behavior at undergraduate and graduate levels at University of California Riverside. She has also taught Marketing Management, Retailing and Luxury Marketing at SKK GSB. She has spent the 2009-2010 academic year at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO's research institute in Beijing, conducting research on consumer behavior in emerging markets.   Meanwhile, Professor Cho’s research has been published in Journal of Consumer Research and cited widely in popular media, such as Financial Times, Forbes and Inc.
Mar 29, 2016
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Alumni Interview: Iljin Group CEO Sang Il Lee (Commerce, ’57)
KUBS Alumni Interview — Sang Il Lee (Commerce, ’57), Chairman of Iljin Group “One with professionalism and positive attitude can succeed” Q: Iljin Group is leading the field of wheel bearing with its innovative technologies. Tell us about the company’s vision and your business philosophy as Iljin Group reaches out to the world beyond Korea. The three core values for Iljin Group’s corporate culture are “creative spirit,” “teamwork,” and “make it happen.” With that being said, our company supports all employees, so they can collaborate to achieve goals based on their insights. A company can stay in business with its results and profits. In order to bear fruits in management, the company shall ensure its competiveness in the market by producing excellent goods in various aspects, such as technology, quality, price, etc.   Iljin Group is leading the world’s wheel bearing market with the global market share of 30%. Our major clients are world-class automobile companies, including Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors, BMW, Ford, Renault, VW, PSA, FIAT, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, GM, TESLA (manufactures electric vehicles), etc.   Since the initial stage of Iljin Group, I had a goal and confidence to produce goods with global competiveness, rather solely focusing on the domestic market. I believed that providing excellent products at the lowest cost would lead our company on the path to success in the global market. Because wheel bearing is an essential part of an automobile, it is important to guarantee its best quality with securing the stability. I must say it was not easy to penetrate the market due its high price and quality; however, under the company’s management philosophy “make it happen,” I did not give up. With a sense of duty, I constantly invested in research in order to be recognized as the most important quality.   Iljin Group currently has research facilities in the United States and Germany. Professional technicians in Korea and overseas cooperate together to enhance the cost competiveness by increasing the automation rate using robots, sensors, and computers. The Quality Assurance Team is responsible for product manufacturing and delivery, while satisfying customer needs. Q: Many students are trying to start their own business nowadays. You have made a meaningful donation for the KUBS Support for Business Start-Ups. KUBS, my alma mater, has been recognized as the best in Korea according to various performance indexes in Korea and abroad. And now KUBS is making progress to be recognized by the world beyond Korea. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of my alma mater.   Until the development of KUBS with its 110-year history, there have been numerous deans of KUBS, professors, including former KU President Yoon-dae Euh, who have played a major role. With these professors, KUBS produced talented individuals leading Korea. Also, because of our alumni’s love for KUBS juniors, students have access to study in the superior educational facilities.   A number of world’s distinguished universities strive to improve their start-up education. As I, too, was able to advance into the global market by starting my own business, I believe that start-up education is necessary in order to change the economic paradigm of Korea. I decided to donate the funds to develop my alma mater in a successful direction and to support our students become entrepreneurs who demonstrate their abilities to lead Korean economy. I hope KUBS Start-Up Center, which will be completed in September, will foster entrepreneurs with integrated thinking. I am confident that students will have more chances of success by challenging themselves, rather than being afraid of failure.     Q. What are some virtues that students desiring to start their own business shall improve during their studies? Please give words of advice to KUBS students. I would like to emphasize two virtues: “professionalism” and “positive attitude.” First of all, it is imperative to build your own professionalism. Developing professionalism with insights will help students become global leaders fitting the trend. Once students have made a decision on their business item, they should aim high to become the best in the world. In addition, they should think on their feet to be one step ahead in the market.   Positive attitude is also extremely important. One who only has knowledge cannot become a great leader. Nothing can be accomplished alone. You should endeavor to earn the respect and recognition from your co-workers while working together. One with positive attitude can win the hearts of clients. If you always behave modest and humble, you can become a wise entrepreneur. I will always support our KUBS students on their journey of becoming a great entrepreneur with a warm heart who thinks carefully but act boldly.   
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[2015 MBA Graduate Student Interview] The top graduate of FMBA, Young Jin Kim
Q. Congratulations on being the top graduate of FMBA program I would like to thank professors, staff members, FMBA graduates, other colleagues, and my family who have constantly supported me to achieve this excellent result. The FMBA program has not only built my long-term career plan, but also has given me an opportunity to improve myself throughout the past year. Q. What are your keys to success of becoming the top graduate of FMBA? My proactive attitudes produced such great outcomes. I tried my best to lead the team while performing the numbers of case studies and team projects. In addition, participating classes enthusiastically by reading lecture materials and organizing the list of questions beforehand is another key to receive positive evaluation. For those who are non-business majors, I highly emphasize that it is critical to prepare and review the notes from the previous lecture before class starts. Q. What do you remember the most during your FMBA? I remember vividly every moment of my FMBA journey. If I had to choose one, I would say “International Residence Program.” Studying at the National University of Singapore and Wharton School was extremely new and exciting. Also, I was able to cultivate the business acumen by visiting financial institutions in Hong Kong and New York. Lastly, I cannot forget the memories of my warm-hearted colleagues who helped me when I was injured during IRP. Q. What have you gained after completing one-year course of FMBA? I am currently in the hiring process and have a good feeling about it. Knowledge that I have gained from FMBA program has allowed me to view the entire financial market, as well as thinking globally. In addition, I am confident that students and alumni of Korea University will have access of professional networks and become an asset in the financial sector. Q. Do you have any advice for upcoming FMBA students? Set two or three goals for each module and devote your full attention to the studies. You will find yourself growing after a year. At the same time, I encourage students to participate actively in various events, such as MT, Ko-Yon games, athletic meetings, CDC program and cherish those moments while building your professional networks of MBA colleagues. A year is much shorter than you think. Do your best without regrets. I wish you a good luck in achieving your ultimate goals and success.  
Oct 28, 2015
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[2015 MBA Graduate Student Interview] The top of graduate of GMBA, Vincent Lee
Q. Tell us your impression of being named as the top graduate of GMBA program. Professor Se-Joon Hong told us at the very beginning that there is a reward for the top graduate of GMBA and consequently, I worked very hard to achieve it. There is no way however, I could have achieved this position without the help of my friends I worked with on school projects, and as such I am very grateful. Q. What did you mainly focus on to achieve this title while attending school? Our program is very intense with 8-week long courses. There are a number of assignments during those eight weeks with midterms and finals. This busy schedule keeps you constantly focused on the short-term goal of performing well. Q. Why did you choose Global MBA program 2 years ago? I chose it because of the school’s reputation as the top business school as well as the school’s strong alumni network. In addition, the program was only one year versus the standard two-year schedule in America. Q. How was your life as a student of Global MBA? I enjoyed socializing with diverse groups of people and many international as well as Korean graduate students. In addition, I tried to meet many people outside of our program. Life as a GMBA student is not an easy journey but it was very gratifying. Q. Which curriculum of Global MBA was helpful in your career? I wanted to focus on the areas where I was weaker. The most valuable classes I took were twofold. The first was Business Communication, where Professor Silvia Kozlovska helped me become much more confident in front of larger audiences. The second class was Uncertainty, Data & Decisions. Professor Byung Cho Kim made a highly analytical and data intensive class by emphasizing the valuable insights derived from the numbers. Q. Do you have any advice for your juniors who are studying at KUBS? Enjoy the program. Classes and grades are important but what’s more important are the relationships you build here and outside. I would encourage students to focus in class, work efficiently in groups, and with this efficiency, use your precious free-time well.  
Sep 23, 2015
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Until you can turn that passion into reality,  Follow your passion!
Until you can turn that passion into reality, Follow your passion!
Jennifer Pak, a recent undergraduate alumna at Korea University Business School, is a fall 2013 participant in the White House Internship Program.  Throughout her undergraduate career, she completed internships at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Investment Banking in Seoul Finance Center and at a marketing company in Los Angeles, California. While attending school,  she worked as a freelancer Reporter and VJ for KBS World and Arirang TV, and volunteered for various service projects.  Before she transferred to Korea University, in 2009, she led up to 40,000 students into cheering as the Head Female Captain of Yonsei University Cheerleading Team, AKARAKA. When she graduated from business school  in the spring of 2013, she worked as a CSI Executive for Mercedes-Benz Korea Ltd in Seoul Square Building. Q. How are you able to get the opportunity to work at the White House?  I learned about the White House Internship Program after leaving Mercedes-Benz Korea Ltd. to pursue a different career track. I have always wanted to see what it was like to be on the other side; to be working in the public sector. I had never been exposed to politics and thought the White House would be an opportunity for me to see what it was like to work in the government. The timing was right so I took the initiative to apply for this internship. Q. What did you prepare to be an intern at the White House?  The selection process is competitive, but I highly recommend that anyone with an interest in public service consider applying. However, in order to be eligible for the White House Internship Program you must be a United States citizen. The online application requires one essay, one policy memorandum, 2 letters of recommendation, a resume, and a series of short-answer questions. I was accepted and assigned to the Office of Management and Administration. Being prepared is half the battle. Just like any other job interview preparation, I wrote out a list of potential interview questions, planned out my responses ahead of time, received some feedback, and did a mock  interview.  The best way to nail any interview is to practice, practice, and practice. Of course, I could not have gone through this without my recommendations, Korea University Business School Service Marketing Professor Janghyuk Lee and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Director and Korea General Counsel James Lee.  Q. Which curriculum of KUBS was helpful?  In spring 2011, I transferred to Korea University Business School as an undergrad. Some of the courses I personally enjoyed were Service Marketing, Venture Business, Process Innovation & IT, Principals of Corporate Finance, Information Security, Advertisement Management, Business Negotiation, and Business Strategy. Although our Business School is known for its numerous hours of tedious group projects and meetings, PowerPoint presentations, and HBS article analysis, it all taught me life lessons that helped me prepare for real life interaction the real world. After graduating, I realized that public service has shaped all aspects of my life at the university, friendships, person al growth, academic learning, and cultural experiences. I learned that there are no limits to service and every project expands not only to your knowledge but your heart, because of many of the wonderful people you meet. There is  no price to place on these valuable experiences. Q. Advice for your juniors who are studying at KUBS. I had a friend who once asked me, “Jennifer, do you know what the longest distance in life is? It’s from your mind to your heart. But do you know what the most difficult path in life is? It’s from your heart to your feet.”  He’s right. It is easier to talk than to do. Start networking. Build relationships. Gain work experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t trap yourself. Don’t scoff at the life choice of people around you. Be genuine. Be humble and always smile. Most importantly, follow your passion until you can turn that passion into reality. -Jennifer Pak, KUBS 06  
Jun 22, 2014
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