About us

IIM Background
The history of The International Institute of Management ( IIM ) dates back to early 1985. A group of graduates of The Institution of Industrial Managers (UK) started the branch in Hong Kong. Membership grew steadily over the years.

In 1992 the British Institute of Management (BIM) merged with The Institution of Industrial Managers to form The Institute of Management (Imgt). Since there wasn’t a BIM branch in Asia-Pacific, the membership of the merged institute in Hong Kong was serviced by the Hong Kong branch of the former Institution of Industrial Managers after the merger.

With the focus of international trade on this region, membership found the relevance shifted. In 1994, at the Annual General Meeting, membership unanimously voted to form an independent professional institute that would be relevant and serve their needs better.

The Executive Committee was given the charter to draw the blueprints and form a new institute that aimed at promoting management practice at world-class standard with an international perspective. This resulted in the incorporation of The International Institute of Management as a non-profit professional organization in February 1995.

In recognition of its admirable track record of promoting professional management practice and its contribution to management development, IIM was granted Letters Patent of Armorial Bearings with Supporters and Badge by the Royal College of Arms ( Coat-of-Arms).

The Institute has an active branch in Washington D.C., USA. Branches located in Mainland China, Macau SAR, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka and Canada are in the process of formation as their membership grows. An elected Committee manages each local branch with much autonomy, while the Headquarters maintains a coordinating role.

The International Headquarters of IIM is strategically located in Hong Kong to better serve managers worldwide.

Prominent Members
Hon. Companion
Conferred 2005
Mr. Donald Y. K. Tsang, GBM, JP
Chief Executive (2005 – 2012)
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Conferred 2003
Dr. Dominic S. W. Wong, GBS, OBE, JP (1942 – 2012)
IIM Hon President (1997 – 2012)
Dr. David H. T. Lan, GBS, ISO, JP
IIM President (2012 – 2019)
Honorary Fellow – 2012
Mr. Eddie Ng Hak-kim, GBS, JP
Secretary for Education
IIM President
Honorary Fellow – 2008
Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP
Secretary for Labour and Welfare
Honorary Fellow – 2007
Mr. Frederick S. H. Ma, JP
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (2002 – 2007)
Honorary Fellow – 2006
Dr. York Y. N. Chow, SBS, JP
Equal Opportunities Commission
Honorary Fellow – 2004
Mr. Michael M. Y. Suen, GBS, JP
Secretary for Education (2007 – 2012)
The objectives of the Institute are:
  • 1.  To improve the quality and productivity of business and industries;
  • 2.  To disseminate and network expertise in international management;
  • 3.  To encourage cross-national collaborations;
  • 4.  To advance professional management practice and competency;
  • 5.  To sponsor and conduct research in cross-cultural management.

With a multi-disciplined and multi-national membership, IIM, through its continuous professional development (CPD) programmes and network, will empower managers to creatively tackle problems and issues locally and internationally and promote a universal set of standards of management excellence.

Armorial Bearings of IIM Coat of Arms
In 1995, the Institute made an application to the Royal College of Arms for a grant of The Armorial Bearings of IIM with Supporters and Badge. The application was accepted and The Letters Patent was then prepared and presented by H.E.Paston-Bedingfeld, Esq., York Herald, on 22 January 1996 at the Government House, to the Queen’s representative in Hong Kong. His Excellency The Hon. Christopher Patten, representing the Queen, who in turn presented The Letters Patent to the President of IIM, The Hon. Dominic Wong, OBE, JP.


The Right to the Armorial Bearings coffered by the Grant of Armorial Bearings, made by the Kings of Arms under the Royal Authority of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is a limited Right, and is not a Right which the grantee can pass onto a third party.  Any reproduction of the Institute Armorial Bearings in any form thereof is not permitted without the prior written consent of the Council of the Institute.


Given below are details of the interpretation of the herald form of design.


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