Ji-Hee Kim, PhD Director; Associate Professor Entrepreneurship

Ji-Hee Kim, PhD

Phone: 888-2606
BA, Consumer Economics -- Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea
MS, Consumer Economics and MBA -- Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea
PhD, Family Business with Entrepreneurship and International Perspectives -- Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea

Ji-Hee Kim, PhD is new to Buffalo.  She was named associate professor and director of entrepreneurship at Canisius in 2006. Her areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, family business, small business, international business and economic development. Prior to this appointment, she was associate professor of entrepreneurship at Minot State University from 2002-2006 and visiting professor of entrepreneurship and family business at the Jefferson Smurfit Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Saint Louis University.

Kim was a German National Government Fellowship Invited Scholar at the Munich University in Germany, Korean Research Foundation Scholarship Fellow at the Ohio State University and Ewha Women’s University Excellence Fellow at Cornell University. She has taught both graduate and undergraduate classes for nine years.

She was a researcher at the Institute for Socio-Economics of Household in Germany, international project coordinator at Johns Hopkins University and also held a position at the Asian Regional Association for Consumer Economics in Korea. Kim was director of the Korean Consumer Economics Association and co-director for the Asia Foundation Project.

Kim's research includes work on family business and entrepreneurship from multi-cultural, environmental, and international perspectives.  She conducted The German Family Business Survey Project and The U.S. National Family Business Survey, research which has appeared in several academic journals including Journal of Business VenturingFamily Business Review, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, and Korean Journal of Small Business Management. She also conducted several grant project productions in family business, entrepreneurship, small business, home-based business and curriculum and innovative education program development in entrepreneurship and family business management.

In addition, she wrote Family Business: How to Start and Manage, the first textbook on family business in Korea. She is also the author and co-author of more than 40 research papers on various aspects of family business and entrepreneurship.  Kim is one of the most cited independent family business researchers in Korea.

Kim is currently a regional coordinator of Family Firm Institute, an internationally recognized family business institute. She has been an advisory board member of The Korea Small and Medium Business Administration, The Korean Federation of Small and Medium Business, and The Center of Korean Women Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century. She is an associate director of The High-Tech Business Development and Research Institute and head researcher of Korean Family Life Improvement Institute and Institute of Ecology and Environment.

Courses she has designed and taught at Canisius include: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Family Business and Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management and Planning, New Venture Creation and Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship.