Neeraja Sankar(Tuck, Class of 2019) applied for an exchange student program to SKK GSB while attending Tuck. She studied at SKK GSB from January to March 2019. Recently, PR committee of SKK GSB had an interview with her. Q) There are many options at Tuck, why did you choose to come to SKK GSB? A) I have always been curious about Korea and Korean culture and I thought the best way to feed my curiosity would be by spending 10 weeks in a country where I have never been to before. Of course, SKK GSB being the #1 MBA program in Korea also helped my decision. I am glad I chose to do it because of the insights that I got into the Korean way of life by completely immersing myself into SKK GSB activities and the social circle there. Q) What was your perception of Korea before coming? A) Since I had never been to Korea before SKK GSB, all I knew about the country was based on what I read, heard and watched on the news. I have always been intrigued about how the country made such great leaps in its economic and social development in a short span of time. After being to Korea, a lot of questions I had about the culture and society in Korea were answered – I can’t really say my ‘perception’ changed but I just have more firsthand experience about various aspects of Korean life. I understand how important familial values are in Korea, how working hard is the norm, the impact of chaebols on the economy and how food, fashion and music are a big part of everyone’s life Q) What is the most important thing you learned here at SKK GSB? A) Although Tuck is diverse in its own way, being at SKK GSB was a whole new experience in terms of intercultural interactions as there are not too many people at Tuck from East Asia. Apart from all the great things I learnt in the classroom, I learnt how to be understanding and empathetic when working with people who have a completely different way of thinking and working style. Q) To whom would you recommend to come to SKK GSB? A) Anyone who is adventurous, wants to be challenged intellectually and personally and loves Korean food! I guess my adventures were outside class! I skied for the first time in Korea, travelled within the country, went to the DMZ and a lot of that was on my own which was very uncomfortable at first but then I got used to it and started to see it as an adventure. And I guess the challenge was trying to make friends all over again, but once I crossed that barrier being at SKK GSB was a breeze.
CJ Cheiljedang's social contribution activities were introduced as the best examples of "Corporate Sustainable Social Contribution Activities" at the 2019 Korean Social Welfare Society's Spring Conference on April 28. More than 100 officials from domestic and international social welfare agencies attended the event at Seoul Theological University. For two days, they exchanged their opinions on the event's theme of "Corporate Social Contribution for Future Generations." Prof. Tai-young Kim of SKK GSB, introduced CJ Cheiljedang's "Creating Social Value (CSV) Project for Rural Development in Vietnam" as a case study. CJ Cheiljedang has worked with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) since 2014 on a project aimed at increasing income levels in Vietnam and strengthening the country's self-sufficiency. Professor Kim said "CJ Cheiljedang contributed to improving the income of farming households by spreading advanced agricultural technology, as well as pepper seeds, in poorer areas of Vietnam." He went on to explain that it was the farmers themselves, not the short-term increase in income, that allowed them to succeed. The farmers' self-confidence and "we can do it" attitude reflected the strategy, which is consistent with the sustainable development of talent and communities. Professor Kim added, "In particular, it distinguishes itself from Nestlé, which promoted CSV based on performance by selecting areas where the value chain of companies already exists." Relevant Article(Korean) : https://www.mk.co.kr/news/society/view/2019/04/269398/, http://news1.kr/articles/?3608318
SKK GSB PMBA Golf Tournament held on May 19, 2019 The SKK GSB golf tournaments, first started in 2015, unites all the SKK GSB families together to show off each individual’s golfing talent and ability. This year is the 5th tournament for PMBA students from the 1st to the 7th cohorts. All participants woke up on the morning of May 19th, a bit worried about the weather conditions, as rain was expected according to the weather forecast. Messages went back and forth, with updates on the weather conditions at the tournament CC. A total of 27 players gathered, all dressed up not as PMBA students but as professional golfers at Sky Valley CC. Rain did not stop our networking, bonding and golfing passion and a total of 8 teams successfully finished the 18 hole tournament. After the game, a reception was held at a local restaurant, celebrating the prize winners of the golfers with the longest hit, the nearest hit, the most double par, also for best dresser, etc. The top player trophy was handed to Seung-Chul Lee from the 1st cohort, who had an amazing score of 7 over par. Congratulations again! The SKK GSB golf tournament is held twice a year. The Spring tournament is played among the PMBA students and alumni while the Fall event includes the EMBA students and alumni. All the participants are looking forward to attending the autumn tournament. The SKK GSB golf event connects us with all alumni and students. The SKK GSB golf tournament is an open door group for anyone who has an interest in playing a round of golf as well as in bonding and networking with other cohorts. Sound interesting? Join the SKK GSB GOLF loving players!
35 students from the Global Business Administration and 5 students from the SKK GSB Executive program met students from the Harvard Business School last May 16th to discuss about the business strategies of Korean companies. This meeting was part of the “FIELD Global Immersion” program at Harvard Business School. 108 graduate level students from Harvard visited Korea on May 13th to experience the corporate culture and strategy of 18 Korean companies such as KT, LG Household & Health Care and Big Hit Entertainment, which is the producing company of the world famous K-Pop band BTS. SKKU students analyzed the business case prepared by Harvard students in a consumer perspective and discussed about the business strategy of Korean companies. Relevant Article(Korean) : http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2019/05/20/2019052000271.html