The Partnership in International Management, or PIM, is today a consortium of top business schools from around the world that exchanges select undergraduate students for one academic term. PIM is governed by a covenant signed by all PIM members in 1986 in Milan and revised in 1994 in Rotterdam and 1999 in Melbourne. The PIM Steering Committee is composed of three elected chairpersons, one from each of the three PIM regions, responsible for strategic planning and membership.
In 1973, three graduate business schools, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), New York University (NYU), and London Business School (LBS), succeeded in overcoming academic isolationism and multiple logistical obstacles to make student exchanges a reality. Through continuous dialogue and a strong commitment to the idea, three faculty members – Ed Altman, Richard Zisswiller and Jim Ball created the first international business student exchange network.
Over the years more schools have joined the network which has now grown to 65 business schools worldwide. Additional top schools joined the community recently, growing the PIM network to 65 business schools worldwide. Member institutions share reputations for upholding the highest degree of academic excellence both regionally and globally, and value the organization’s spirit of international cooperation among its students, faculty and administrations. PIM member institutions have exchanged several thousands of students through the years. The know-how acquired within PIM has permitted members to develop and enhance the international commitment of their institutions. Members meet annually to network, share best practices, discuss PIM’s strategies for growth and development and collectively address issues that impact international education.
Within the PIM network there are several committees and subgroups commissioned with managing new or existing initiatives of PIM. These are the ‘New Members committee’, ‘Current Members, Undergraduate Committee, Alumni Committee, Annual Survey Committee and Communication Group. For more information, please contact the PIM Network Coordinator.
PIM is governed by its members who vote on major decisions and strategies each year at the PIM Annual Meeting. Between annual meetings, the elected Chairs govern the organization and are accountable to all PIM members. PIM members follow the membership guidelines.
Read about our Membership Guidelines.
Three Chairpersons are nominated by PIM members. Each Chair is elected for three years by a majority vote, with one Chairperson retiring each year. A retiring chair is not eligible for immediate re-election. In order to secure representation of all the different geographical stakeholders, there are three chairs representing the three PIM regions: The Amercias Region, the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region and the Asia and Asia Pacific Region.
The Chairs are responsible for implementing the strategies suggested by the members during the Annual Meeting, as well as managing the budget, deciding on the structure and contents of the Annual Conference, and addressing the major issues of the association.
Seen Meng Chew
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Chair of Asia & Asia Pacific – Term: 2022-2025
Kenan-Flagler School of Business University of North Carolina
Chair of The Americas – Term: 2020-2023
SGH Warsaw School of Economics
Chair of Europe, Middle East & Africa – Term: 2021-2024
Basak Yalman – PIM Coordinator
The Coordinator is nominated by the Chairs and is in charge of managing the communication activities of the network, coordinating with the Annual Conference organization, and securing organizational support for the Chairs and the Members. The Coordinator is also responsible for running the Association’s Secretariat.
Eric Hirst – PIM Treasurer
University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business
The Treasurer is selected by the Chairs and is responsible for receiving and distributing funds on behalf of PIM, as well as maintaining PIM’s banking relationships, preparing and filing all government reports required by the organization’s current legal structure.