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, nowadays known as PIM (Partnership in International Management).
Over the years more schools have joined the PIM network which has now grown to over 60 top 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. Members meet annually to network, share best practices, discuss PIM’s strategies for growth and development and collectively address issues that impact international education.
PIM is governed by its members who vote on major decisions and strategies each year at the annual business meeting. The three elected Chairs govern the organization and are accountable to all PIM members. All members follow the membership guidelines.
Read about our Membership Guidelines. (New guidelines coming soon)
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 Americas Region, the Europe, Middle East & Africa Region and the Asia & 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
Chair of Asia & Asia Pacific
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Chair of The Americas
Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina
Chair of Europe, Middle East & Africa
SGH Warsaw School of Economics
PIM Coordinators & Committees
There are two Network Coordinators who are nominated by the Chairs. They are responsible for managing the communication activities of the network, coordinating with the Annual Conference organization, and securing organizational support for the Chairs and the Members as well as for running the Association’s Secretariat.
Within the network there are currently two Committees. The New Members Committee (NMC) and the Current Members Committee (CMC). The NMC analyzes schools interested in joining the PIM Network, while the CMC collaborates with new members and current partner schools emphasizing on membership guidelines and maintaining exchange balances between schools.
For information, please contact the PIM Coordinators.
UI, Kelley School of Business, USA
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, USA
UT, McCombs Business School, USA