Bachelor of Arts (BA), International Studies, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Master in Public Policy (MPP), Public Policy, Harvard University
Taehoon Im is a doctoral student in Marketing Strategy at Rice University-Jesse H. Jones School of Business. He studied Political Economics and Development at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Harvard University-John F. Kennedy School of Government where he obtained Bachelor of Arts with Distinction and Master in Public Policy with Distinction respectively. During his undergraduate studies, he spent two and a half years in Bangladesh as a Korean Peace Corps volunteer, in which he first turned his eyes to the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP). Later, when he worked for Harvard University-Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation as a researcher and The World Bank as a consultant, he became involved in the research projects on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Social Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Now, his research interest lies in Sustainable Business, Marketing and Public Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility. Specifically, his most recent research investigates how safe and healthy products, services and workplaces are associated with customer/employee well-being and satisfaction, and with firm financial and non-financial performance. He has received several prestigious awards from the Mayor of Seoul, Korean Ambassador to the United States, Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh and Speaker of Korea National Assembly. Especially in 2011, he won the Talent Medal of Korea bestowed by the President of Korea.