Dean’s Message

Dean’s Message

Innovation is one of the key drivers of value creation

any companies, academic institutions, and government agencies understand that the engine for future economic growth will come from innovation. As a result, they have already made huge investments in research to find the next driving force in the era of technology-driven innovation, which is associated with AI, IoT, Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cities, Smart Factories, and many other areas.

Increasing pace of technological progress demands an interdisciplinary mindset

Clearly, new technologies provide greater capabilities, but are more complex and difficult to learn. At the same time, users are placing greater demand on technology producers to make technologies more useable and economical. This means that students need to have creative, endogenous, and interdisciplinary mindset as more technologies undergo convergence.

Dynamic interaction between theory and practice is necessary to get along in the 4th Industrial Revolution Era

Endogenous growth is possible by embedding an innovation in its real context. Otherwise we are not able to systematically organize it in our own language. In that sense, the capability to bridge theory and practice is crucial to understanding the on-going technology-driven society and to capturing business insight. Therefore, both inductive and deductive approaches and also both diachronic and synchronic approaches are needed, and KAIST I&TM will be a platform to access such approaches.

The KAIST Graduate School of Innovation and Technology Management (I&TM) is uniquely positioned to provide world-class education to both technical and non-technical students who want to become leaders and decision makers.

First, KAIST is recognized as one of the world’s finest educational institutions in engineering and science. I&TM will be collaborating with the KAIST engineering and science departments to make technologies more relevant to the business context. Second, I&TM is staffed with highly talented professors and distinguished subject matter experts who have academic and industry experience. Many classes will be taught using the team teaching approach to provide students with an integrated view of multiple disciplines. Third, experiential learning and internships are fully integrated into our program. Students will do not only case studies, but also studies based on their actual interaction and experience with I&TM affiliated companies. Finally, I&TM already has a strong network of companies, government agencies, and other leading academic institutions. By leveraging this network and other KAIST resources, our students should be able to jump-start careers in innovation and technology management.

As the head of I&TM, I highly recommend you to explore our program and the opportunities it presents

We will provide the critical knowledge and skills you need to succeed in entrepreneurship and management. For those students who are seeking an environment that encourages creativity, risk-taking, and experiential learning, our program will be a perfect fit for you. We would like to be your partner in achieving your goals.

Duk Hee Lee
Head of I&TM

Duk Hee Lee (20180630)