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Korean Management Institute (KMI)

The origin of Korean Entrepreneurship

The story of how South Korea achieved exceptional economic growth since the 1960s, transforming from a low-income agrarian society to a high-income industrialized economy.

Written by our Korean Management Experts

The Future of Korean Management

The Korean Management Institute (KMI) at GWSB is thrilled to host the GW KMI Distinguished Lecture Series!

The lecture features Ms. Emily Cho, CEO of Korean Air/Hanjin Group. Ms. Cho also served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Passenger Marketing at Korean Air.


The GW Korean Management Institute played an active role at the GW October Conference.


The GW Korean Management Institute supported the Seoul Conference focused on Humane Entrepreneurship and the Innovation-Driven Economy.

'Going for the Gold'

Follow Lisa Delpy Neirotti, Associate Professor of tourism and sport management, and GWSB students at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

The 2017 UCG Fall Case Competition

KMI student won the competition among 15 teams

2017 GW October Conference Recap

Concerted International Small Business Policy: Unified Agenda Needed for a Sustainable Global Economy

Supporting a Global Community From Washington, D.C. to Seoul

Our curriculum, our faculty, and our collaborative approach to management development practices provides participants with the knowledge and the practical insights that will enhance their opportunities for employment and advancement in South Korea and around the world.


Executive Education

Open-enrollment management development programs, seminars and custom-designed programs catered to individual companies, trade organizations, and other industry.


We leverage a strong international network and a diverse interdisciplinary agenda that is actively promoted through internal and external communications.


International Exchange programming and courses offered to students, academicians, business professionals and others who have an interest in U.S.-Korea relations.


KMI’s initial goal is to conduct research focusing on small medium enterprises, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, creating shared value, innovation and the drivers of competitive success.

GW Lecture Series: Ambassador. Oh Joon 

On March 10, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm, the GW Lecture Series along with the Korean Management Institute (KMI) hosted His Excellency Ambassador Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of Republic of Korea of the United Nations, at the GW Elliott School Auditorium, Room 113 to discuss the topic of “Sustainable Development Goals: What do they mean for the world.”

Ambassador Oh Joon is the Permanent Representative of Republic of Korea to the United Nations. He is serving as the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for a one year term (2015-2016). In addition, he serves as the President of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Ambassador Oh Joon also served as President of the Security Council for May 2014. Prior to this position, he was Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Singapore from 2010-13 and Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Seoul from 2008-10. For complete bio, please visit

>> View recording to the right; start at 10.33 for presentation >>

Yonsei University Social Entrepreneurship Program @ GWU

The Korean Management Institute hosted students of Yonsei University at The George Washington University School of Business for a 4-day Social Entrepreneurship Summit. During the program, students were introduced to the concept of social entrepreneurship through workshop presentations from industry experts and site visits to organizations such as The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), The World Bank, 1776, and DC Central Kitchen.

Featured News

KMI Seminar Series at GWU – Mr. Chang Kyu Kim

Mr. Chang Kyu Kim, Minister-Counselor for Trade, Industry and Energy at Embassy of the Republic of Korea, presented on a topic, titled “Korea Trade and Industrial Policy: System Exporter in New Economy,” covering a few recent examples, among others. This was a follow-up presentation to his last month’s talk on Korea Trade and Industrial Policy. Click here for the full article >

KMI Seminar Series at GWU – Mr. Chang Kyu Kim

Mr. Chang Kyu Kim, Minister-Counselor for Trade, Industry & Energy at Embassy of the Republic of Korea, presented on a topic, titled “Korea Trade and Industrial Policy,” covering various points including recent economic trend, new industrial paradigm, key industrial policy direction, market expansion by free trade agreement (FTA) platforms, etc. Click here for the full article >


On November 3, 2015, in coordination with the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C., a select group of highly successful students of diverse disciplinary backgrounds from KAIST, formerly known as the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, a public research university located in Daedeok Innopolis, Daejeon, South Korea, visited the George Washington University School of Engineering (GWSE). Click here for the full article >

U.S.-Korea Business Innovation Partnership Conference

Dr. Tarabishy was the first keynote speaker at the U.S.-Korea Business Innovation Partnership conference. The venue was held at the Willard InterContinental Hotel Willard Room (Washington D.C.) on October 15th, 2016. Over 200 Korean delegates and over 100 U.S. delegates composed of government officials, CEOs, policy makers, and entrepreneurs attended the event with the highlight President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea. The organizers of the event were the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), the Korea Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Click here for the full article >

Interview with tbs eFM Primetime on the Role and Goals of the International Council for Small Business

In an interview with Seoul-based radio station tbs eFM Primetime, Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Executive Director of ICSB, a professor at George Washington University, and the Director of Strategy of the Korean Management Institute ( recommended that South Korean small businesses find their own niche instead of trying to compete head-to-head with large Korean conglomerates. Click here for the full article >

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