Mass Recognition for ICSB Korea – 2016 Entrepreneurship and SME Conference in Seoul

Mass Recognition for ICSB Korea – 2016 Entrepreneurship and SME Conference in Seoul

Following pre-conference activities including company visits, Humane Entrepreneurship white-paper discussions, and policy and research network, an international delegation of the world’s leading scholars, educators, policy makers, and practitioners convened in Seoul, South Korea between April 3-8, 2016.

The focus of this conference was on humane entrepreneurship. Humane entrepreneurship aims to reflect changes in global business philosophy.

The event drew the attention of the Korean Government and media’s attention as world leaders and CEOs committed to the Seoul Declaration of Humane Entrepreneurship.

Below are several articles covering this widespread recognition.

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The George Washington University: At the Intersection of Public Policy and the SDGs

The George Washington University: At the Intersection of Public Policy and the SDGs

In the tale of two towns, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, Ambassador Oh Joon explains, Town A wakes up everyday to find a way to send their children to school. But if someone in the family gets sick, there is no such thing as healthcare. In Town B, people get up to decide if they should invest in the stock market. They send their kids to the best schools and they go to the best doctors even if they don’t have best health care. Not a lot of countries in the world have experienced this kind of transition.


Ambassador Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations

Ambassador Joon painted a picture to a group of students and academicians sitting before him in the auditorium of the Elliott School at the George Washington University (GWU) on Thursday, March 10, 2016. The United Nations wants to facilitate this kind of transition by finding out what is needed to make the transition even if people in Town B are not necessarily happier than the people in Town A. He explained that we cannot know what makes people happy, but we know that you cannot be happy with an empty stomach or with sick children.  This is why we need development.

As the flags of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea stood side by side on the podium of the GWU Elliott School, symbolizing both countries’ alliance to one another, Ambassador Joon’s lecture for the GW Lecture Series, organized jointly by GWU, the GWU Korean Management Institute (KMI) and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), titled, “Sustainable Development Goals: What does it mean to the World?” explained the coming to being of a concept buzzing around the world.

The concept of development changes continually. The United Nations, for instance, is 70 years old and it was initially established to feed people and for economic growth. In the 1980s, the concept of development expanded to encompass social issues, such as gender equality, welfare, and human dignity. Now, the world has come to the revelation that climate change is giving us the greatest challenge of all. We have finally realized that if we do not take care of our planet, we may not have it anymore.

This is the concept of sustainable development, the Sustainable Development Goals, or SGDs.

To give some more context, in the 2000s we had the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They were 8 goals with an expiration date of 2015. It emphasized social issues and gender issues. As they were quite specific, people asked why member states of the UN chose them. If we achieve them, the world wondered, would that mean that we achieved all of our development goals?

Ambassador Joon explained that when we create goals, you must make concrete and specific ones. The challenge, however, is when they not comprehensive enough to include issues like climate change, evolving landscapes, and civil society.

This is where the SDGs come into play. The SDGS are now 17 goals with an expiration date of 2030. Why so many more?

The original 8 were more specific and concrete with a numeric benchmark to understand how much of it we achieved.  But with 17 it is harder to track and some are not as specific. Some may criticize that. But it shows that the UN has a comprehensive package that covers all human activity.

At the intersection of public policy and the SDGs, the George Washington University demonstrates the unparalleled opportunities that it provides to its students to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world.

Written by Dilara Bogut, ICSB

Updated Questionnaire for White Book on Humane Entrepreneurship

Updated Questionnaire for White Book on Humane Entrepreneurship

Thank you for supporting our efforts for the White Book on Humane Entrepreneurship. You answered the previous version of the survey, however, we recently prepared an updated version of the survey.

We would appreciate it if you could answer the new version by February 20th as well. Below are the links to the updated questionnaires.

English version survey:
Spanish version survey:

Chinese version:
Japanese version survey:
Korean version survey:
Indonesia/Malaysia version:

Thank you so much for your help. We would send a copy of the White Book to you after it get published.

Together we can bring new knowledge for entrepreneurship to the world.

Ki-Chan Kim, President, ICSB

Pilot Program: USASBE 2016-ICSB Korea Research Matching Program

Pilot Program: USASBE 2016-ICSB Korea Research Matching Program

In 2015, under the leadership of the ICSB President Ki-Chan Kim, ICSB pledged to bridge the dialogue between Asian scholars and 10-10 USASBE 2016 3their Western counterparts.

At the USASBE 2016 Conference, themed “Entrepreneurship Everywhere,” ICSB brought together a group of Korean and American scholars for the pilot “ICSB Korea-USASBE Research Matching Program” (click here for the program brochure). The main goal of the program is to promote knowledge exchange and cross-cultural dialogue.

The program is envisioned to bring ten researchers from South Korea and ten researchers from the United States and match them based on research interests. The program, with the support of ICSB Korea and USASBE, hopes to merge relevant topical areas, research methodologies, and datasets in an effort to create new relevant knowledge. A common area of the research in this group was Korean management best practices, specifically as it relates to high tech firms and the implications for U.S.-based entrepreneurs.

10-10 USASBE 2016  2The participants started with a Meet and Greet on Saturday, January 9, 2016, opened by Drs. Jeff Hornsby, Interim Director of the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at University of Missouri-Kansas City and Alex DeNoble, USASBE President (2015), Professor of Management, and Executive Director of San Diego State University’s Lavin Center for Entrepreneurship, followed by introductions from Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, ICSB Executive Director, and Dr. KwangTae Park, President of The Korean Association of Small Business Studies (KASBS).

This session included a special guest presentation on research agendas. Among the various research topics interests presented, the participants were brought together to find commonalities in research expertise and interest among the topics of (but not limited to):

  • Technology innovation capability on technology commercialization,
  • Resource acquisition, capability, and performance of new ventures,
  • Entrepreneurship pedagogy in higher and adults education,
  • Company vs. consumer-driven SNS activity on firm value, and
  • K-entrepreneurship.

On Monday, January 11, ICSB hosted a facilitated working session to further discuss research opportunities and allow for one-on-one meeting time. To browse the submitted abstracts for more information, please click here.

ICSB plans to continue this program at the ICSB 2016 World Conference, and hopefully also include new regions and countries in the matching initiative.

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SMEs Invoke Development — ICSB Called to Action

SMEs Invoke Development — ICSB Called to Action

Be prepared to enter bigger markets, Taib tells SMEs’

Posted on Borneo Post on Thursday, October 29, 2015, by Philip Kiew, 

MIRI: Small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) must seek regional collaboration and adopt IT tools to have a global outreach and to be competitive in the bigger marketplace beyond their shores.

With such preparedness, Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud believes they will be able to step up to be bigger contributors in their respective economic sectors when they enter the bigger regional Asian economy.

He gave this advice when officiating the 3rd Asian SME Conference 2015 themed ‘Asian Entrepreneurship: Fostering Cross-Border Collaboration (Eco-system, Innovation & Sustainability)’ held here from last Monday to Oct 30.

“We can look forward to fast-growing business opportunities in Asia, with the rise of China as a major economic force and its strong links with Asian economies,” he said.

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With the many business opportunities amidst competition in the bigger marketplace, Taib advised that it is imperative that Malaysia has a supportive ecosystem that provides funding to stimulate greater interest of local SMEs to venture beyond their traditional markets.

Continuing on, he said Sarawak would cooperate with the federal government to develop SMEs in the state to become internationally competitive and innovative to tap into the vast opportunities.

Meanwhile, the Head of State welcomed the proposed Declaration of Humane Entrepreneurship initiated by ICSB president Profesor Ki-Chan Kim in Jakarta, which was endorsed at this conference to be presented to the United Nations at the ICSB World Conference in New York in June next year.

The 3rd Asian SME Conference is aimed at helping entrepreneurs to leverage on IT revolution and develop cross-border collaboration to generate value for businesses.

It is organised by Asia Council for Small Business (ACSB–Seoul Korea) in collaboration with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB–Washington DC) and hosted by International Council for SME & Entrepreneurship (ICSMEE).

Held here after Seoul last year, the conference is the first of its kind in Malaysia.

Various topics critical to SMEs and entrepreneurship development in the Asian and Asean regions will be delivered by reputable speakers. Speakers include SME Corp Malaysia CEO Datuk Hafsah Hashim; ICSB USA executive director Dr Ayman El-Tarabishy; Markplus Inc, Indonesia founder and CEO Hermawan Kartajaya; Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore

director Associate Prof Dr Hooi Den Huan; and ICSMEE Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Mamat.

Topics to be discussed include Entrepreneurs & SME Financing – Strategies & Challenges; Cross Border Connectivity and Collaboration – Issues, Challenges and Case Studies; Asian SME and Sustainability – Succession Planning and Intrapreneurship; and SME Development & Capacity Building.

Nearly 200 participants from 20 countries are attending the conference which also presents many opportunities for collaboration with local SMEs.

Abdul Rahman urged participants to seize the opportunity to expand their network, be more resilient to market forces and competition, and to build successful and sustainable businesses beyond their borders.

Participants visited a palm oil mill in Miri, toured Petronas Bintulu Integrated Facility and Samalaju Industrial Park.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on ICSB-ASEAN initiative was signed to bring together Asean small businesses to leverage on the international network of ICSB worldwide, an important step in the formation of the Asean Economic Community in conjunction with Malaysia being the Asean Chair this year.

Also present at the function were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, Assistant Minister of Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Assistant Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie, Miri Resident Antonio Kathi Galis, Miri mayor Lawrence Lai, Miri Housing Group chairman Datuk Lau Siu Wai, district officers and local dignitaries.

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ICSB Headlines Malaysian Newspapers

ICSB Headlines Malaysian Newspapers

Between October 26-30, 2015, approximately 200 international educators, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners represented from 20 countries from around the world convened in Miri, Malaysia to commence cross-border connectivity and collaboration among Small/Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia. 

The largest English newspaper in Borneo, Malaysia, covered the plenary session titled, “Cross-border Connectivity and Collaboration: Issues & Challenges” presented and facilitated by Dr. Hooi Den Duan, Director, Technopreneurship Centre, NTU Singapore, and discussed by Datuk Seri Nelson Kwok, Founder & MD of Nelson’s Franchise, Malaysia, and Eric Ku, COO of iTrain Asia Pte Ltd. Singapore. 

“the five-day conference aimed to help entrepreneurs leverage on the IT revolution and develop cross-border collaboration to generate value for businesses.” – Borneo Post, October 30, 2015. 

Cross-border connectivity and collaboration among SMEs crucial to ensure success

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