#WhitmanWatch: Chong Kyoon “C.K.” Lee

Name: Chong Kyoon Lee
Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/ Minor: Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Daegu, South Korea
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/c-k-lee-550b9612

Having been to more than 30 countries, C.K. Lee ’17 is no stranger to new experiences. He has traveled all over the globe for schooling and for work. He has made Syracuse, New York his home while pursuing a Ph.D. at Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

After receiving his MBA at Oxford University, Lee went on to work as an international consultant for development projects in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. It was this experience that opened his eyes to how important the role of entrepreneurship is in reducing poverty and stimulating economic development.

“I wanted to do research on the factors influencing entrepreneurship performance in developing countries,” said Lee, and he feels Whitman is the perfect place to do so.

“The forward-thinking curriculum integrates the practical and theoretical elements of entrepreneurship that will prepare me to become an academic leader,” explained Lee.

He praises the collaborative atmosphere between the faculty and Ph.D. students, and he credits that partnership culture for teaching him how to be a good academic researcher. He feels he has learned from the best in the field.

One of his fondest memories during his time at Whitman was having the chance to teach an entrepreneurship course in the fall of 2015. During this class, he stressed the importance of not merely being part of a process but being the type of person who can identify a problem with the process and make it better.

“By being an entrepreneur, you will not be replaceable in any organization,” he adds.

After Lee receives his Ph.D., he will join the faculty of James Madison University in Virginia as an assistant professor. Although he will soon be leaving Whitman, he is confident that his time here will continue to have an impact on him for years to come.

This article appeared in the Whitman Spring Magazine