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Global Ambassador: Hong Soon Kim

Hong Soon Kim, from Seoul, Korea, graduated from Purdue with a PhD in Hospitality and Tourism Management. His research concentration was in strategy and in human resource (HR) for the restaurant industry. Specifically, he examined how HRM is causally related to firm performance within the following topics: minimum wage, wage, CEO overconfidence, and CEO origin.

Read more about Hong Soon's experience in graduate school below. Please note: Hong Soon provided these answers while he was still a graduate student at Purdue.

Ambassador Q & A (Questions and Answers)

Hong Soon Kim

Why did you choose Purdue?

1. The Purdue HTM Graduate Program is literally the best graduate program. I knew that Purdue HTM provides well-structured graduate program that supports students to develop their research capabilities.
2. I knew that guidance of the faculties at Purdue HTM is incomparable. They have strong professional background and are actively involved with number of research projects. I knew that learning from the best is the only way I can better myself as an academic researcher and as an industry leader.

What is your favorite fact about Purdue?

It's one of the safest campus in the U.S..

Career goal?

To become a researcher/professor in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Where do you spend most of your time on campus?

Marriott Hall.

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?

Stata. I do most of my analytic work with Stata.

What’s your workspace setup?

It is an office desk in the open graduate lounge.

How do you recharge?

Watching movies, sleeping, and vacuuming the house.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

My wife is never wrong.

Is there anything else you'd like to add that might be interesting to readers?

I am a huge fan of Green Bay Packers circa 1995. Go Packs Go!

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