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Il-Kuk Kang


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William il-kuk Kang, a Lecturer of International Business and Management at the Alliance Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester (UK), has been serving as Programme Director of MSc in Business Analysis and Strategic Management since 2020. He has actively involved in enhancing the programme's contributions to local stakeholders through his engagements with external consultancy projects and knowledge transfer. In 2023, he introduced the innovative "Business Olympics" to the programme, a competition where students apply their programme-acquired skills and knowledge to run a virtual company, to further enhance students' experience.

His teaching spans a wide range of topics at both UGT and PGT levels including: Organisational Design and Strategy, Professional Analytical Skills, Responsible Business in a Global Environment, International Business, and Global Contexts of Business and Management to name a few. Despite the diversity in course sizes and topics, his teachings has consistently received positive feedback from students. This led to his recognition for teaching excellence by the head of the school and a commendation in Inclusive Education and Students' Sense of Belonging at the University Teaching Excellence Award 2022. 

William's research focuses on configurational explanations of organisations' behaviour, specifically examining the social mechanisms that exist between actors, culture, and institutions within contexts such as CSR and international business. He also has an interest in pedagogic research, particularly on the management of group projects and online learning. His research has been presented at leading international conferences - Academy of International Business (AIB), British Academy of Management (BAM), European International Business Academy (EIBA), European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), and Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (LTSE). 

Beyond the univeristy, William actively engages in knowledge transfer to the local community. One notable example of this is his involvement in a local college where he delivered introductory sessions of International Business to secondary school students aspiring to pursue higher education. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Corporate Social Responsibility in Different context: analysis of British and Japanese corporations


Master of Science, East Asian Development and Global Economy, University of Bristol


Bachelor of Science in Economics, University of Bristol


Areas of expertise

  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Institutional analysis
  • Comparative Business Management
  • Corporate Governance


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