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School of Business

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Timothy F. Sugrue, Dean; Katherine Hannan Wears, Associate Dean

The Clarkson University School of Business provides a valuable and interesting array of educational opportunities for students interested in careers that are aligned with the challenges and opportunities that face the business leaders of today. Managing innovation, the supply chain, customers, and flows of information and financial capital across global boundaries requires a set of knowledge and skills that become ingrained in our students. The proof is in the employment statistics of our graduates, who enjoy placement rates, starting salaries, and career mobility and flexibility that are among the best in the nation.

The mission of the Clarkson University School of Business is "to prepare the next generation of leaders through premier business education programs that span disciplinary boundaries and are focused on innovation and global supply chain management. These programs anticipate and respond to the need of our current and potential employers, students, alumni, the global economy and society as a whole. Our learning community creates and disseminates knowledge through high quality academic research and teaching focusing on building and sustaining globally responsible enterprises."

In an effort to achieve this mission, the School of Business has built a world-class faculty, and created a curriculum that requires hands-on learning, ample opportunities to develop leadership skills and build professional networks inside and outside the classroom. The School of Business has fostered an innovative and supportive culture where students and faculty enjoy working hard and seeing results.

We focus our resources on two areas that span the traditional functional boundaries: Global Supply Chain Management and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Our curriculum has room for you to develop expertise in all of the traditional business disciplines: finance, accounting, marketing, management, operations and information systems, but we also allow you to clearly see how those business functions fit together in the real world, and help you create a balance of functional expertise with an understanding of the "big picture"; that is how the functional parts of organizations must work together to create value and wealth. This combination of detail-oriented expertise with a broad system-wide perspective is something that our employers helped us create. Our approach has proven to be effective and beneficial to employers and has helped us to earn national rankings in both supply chain management and entrepreneurship.

Our secret to implementing all of these ideas is simple to explain, but difficult for most schools to imitate. We offer an innovative first-year program for undergraduates where students innovate and then plan and run a real business; we offer multiple opportunities for hands-on learning; we help you build a professional network; we offer an integrated, technology-infused curriculum; and we start all of this early, at the beginning of your Clarkson experience. The result is a connected, knowledgeable graduate prepared for success in the business world and in the community. We can do this, and do it well, because of a combination of our size, our faculty, our alumni, our location and our heritage.

The strength of our curriculum is driven by the quality of our faculty. Faculty use active learning approaches to bring the curriculum to life. Small-group discussions, real-life case studies, field projects, student consulting teams and simulation exercises are examples of the teaching methods woven into courses. These experiences help develop students who can lead, be an effective team member, and work well with customers, suppliers, colleagues and the community. Written, oral and technological communication skills are integrated across the curriculum. Frequent visits by executives and managers link the classroom to the business world. To extend and broaden learning and development beyond the classroom, all School of Business students are required to have an international experience (either a traditional semester abroad or a short two to three week faculty-led trip) and a professional experience in the nature of an internship or a work co-op. Additionally, all students are encouraged to participate in campus organizations and professional societies. Strong programs in engineering and science provide special opportunities for students who wish to combine management and technical interests.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs of the School of Business are accredited by AACSB, the most prestigious national accrediting body for business programs. Fewer than 25 percent of the nation’s business programs share this distinction, which is based on an institution’s ability to deliver a comprehensive and unique business-related educational experience to its students.


Consumer and Organizational Studies

Professor Augustine A. Lado; Associate Professors Larry Compeau, Sandra Fisher, Mary E. Graham, Rajesh Sethi; Assistant Professors Theresa Coates, Fred Miao, Stephen Sauer, Michael Wasserman; Instructors Marc Compeau, Floyd Ormsbee, Anju Sethi

Economics and Financial Studies

Professors H. Sonmez Atesoglu, Clifford Brown, John K. Mullen, Timothy F. Sugrue; Associate Professors Mark R. Frascatore, Alasdair Turnbull; Assistant Professors Luciana Echazu, Martin Heintzelman, Diego Nocetti, Allan Zebedee; Instructors Gasper Sekelj, Katherine Wears, Susan Young

Operations and Information Systems

Professors Farzad Mahmoodi; Associate Professors Boris Jukic, Weiling Ke, Somendra Pant; Assistant Professors Santosh Mahapatra, Chester Xiang, Dennis Yu; Instructors William MacKinnon, Jesse Sherman