Founded in 1980 by Professor Jack Forget, the International School of Management (ISM) was forged together by the idea of establishing a place where business education that took a worldwide perspective could be taught. The first campuses were located in Paris and San Francisco, with subsequent partnerships with schools in New York and institutions in South Africa, Brazil, China and India later established.
Rather than stick to the same concepts being taught in all of those regions, a more flexible approach to the surrounding business community within a specific country were the main focus of the instruction.
By 1998, what people know today as ISM came to be developed, with Paris and New York the site of the school’s International Executive MBA (IEMBA) program. An estimated 500 students have attended the school over the past two decades, with a wide range of different nationalities making up that unique contingent.
Within two years of those 1998 beginnings, both a DBA and PhD program were also established. Growth to other parts of the world followed over the next decade and in 2014, specialization of educational programs began. Within this group, the school’s faculty teaches segments such as Entrepreneurship & Innovation.