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Seung Hee Kim, Ph.D. is the department chairman as well as the Paul G. Lorenzini Endowed Professor of International Business. He is also the director of the Boeing Institute of International Business. At Saint Louis University for over 40 years, Dr. Kim is a visionary leader in international business whose work is recognized worldwide.
Select students from our Information Technology Management programs competed in the Deloitte SAP Co-Innovate competition. This event challenges students to develop creative go-to-market solutions for a predefined, real-world business scenario.
The 12th annual Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy, hosted by our Center for Entrepreneurship, brought over 60 entrepreneurs from across the US to learn about building their business and meet with startup owners and investors.
1. What inspired you to become a professor and pursue your research in international business? There are several factors that led me to become a professor of International Business.Firstly, research on the various challenges that face corporations has always been appealing to me. I have always found it fulfilling and challenging to go beyond the common practice or knowledge. In today’s globalized world, many questions about the impact of economic reforms and global trends on the firm’s competitiveness remain unanswered. Being a professor allows me to examine and research causal relationships between a firm’s strategic choices and its impact on performance, whatever that maybe.As for international business, it really is a personal passion and has some roots in my personal background. Having lived in many countries and interacted with people around the world, who may not always share perspectives, has given me a sense of admiration for the many cultural, political, and economic backgrounds that widely differ from one country to the other. Adding numbers to this and assessing the impact of these differences on the firm’s performance makes it a relevant topic in a global world.
The UK and EU are at a crossroads today. The combination of economic and financial crisis, anxiety and public concerns regarding immigration and multiculturalism, dissatisfaction with the political systems in place, and the prospect of a Brexit have amplified uncertainty regarding the future of the EU. The referendum results reflect the growing tension and divide between the forces for integration and the forces for separation within EU. At stake is far more than the economy. The results pose a novel and serious challenge to the unity of the world’s most integrated regional bloc that was designed, primarily, to promote peace and harmony in Europe. Indeed, chances of a Balkanized E.U. and another exit within the EU increase with UK Referendum.
Leslie, a student in our Master of International Business program and Manager of VMO at Emerson, shares photos from South America. Our students complete an overseas immersion course and visited historical sites and met business leaders in Bogota and Cartagena, Colombia, and Lima, Peru.
Work/Life balance has gotten a lot of attention in the news recently. Many companies are eliminating limits on vacation and sick time, and have started to provide benefits to help this balance, like discounts on vacation travel and work from home benefits. I recently worked with SLU’s Patrick Maloney, and Ball State University professors Brandon Smit and Tamara Montag-Smit to prepare an article on how thoughts about family issues intrude during work, whether we want them to or not, and how these incidents of having to switch your thinking between roles becomes mentally depleting, not to mention distracting.
On Tuesday, May 17, a crowd of over 100 guests gathered in the Anheuser-Busch Auditorium in the John Cook School of Business to learn from an expert about “America’s Asian Pivot: Is it Real? Is it Sustainable?” The speaker, Dr. Ralph Cossa, pictured on the left, is President of Pacific Forum, a subsidiary of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.. Founded in 1975 and based in Honolulu, the Pacific Forum CSIS is a nonprofit, private, foreign policy research institute focused on the Asia-Pacific. It provides timely, informative, and innovative analysis of political, security, and strategic developments in the Asia-Pacific region. Pacific Forum’s Board of Governors is co-chaired by Richard L. Armitage, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, and Dr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr., former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.
On Friday, May 13, the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University hosted pre-commencement ceremonies for over 400 undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate students...
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, with the vast majority of its 27 million people living on less than a dollar a day. It is also a country with considerable strategic value because it is sandwiched between two large neighbors: China and India. Until recently, the country was mired in a civil war between the monarchy and the Maoist parties. Since overthrowing its previous king, the country has been trying to draft a new constitution for the last five years.