At the Clarkson School of Business, we prepare the next generation of business leaders

through premier undergraduate and graduate education programs that focus on integration, globalization and, most importantly, innovation. 

bus_ed2aClarkson blends traditional disciplines into powerful combinations that give students greater breadth and deep cross training of skills necessary for accelerated success in today’s fast-paced global marketplace.

We go beyond the standard undergraduate business majors — economics, finance, accounting and management — to offer a powerfully integrated, career-launching college experience. Our degree programs are designed in conjunction with top recruiters to give Clarkson graduates the tools they need — entrepreneurial experience, a solid foundation in business operations, “big-picture” management skills, and a critical, global perspective — to make an immediate impact in the workplace. Our degree programs include:

 • Global Supply Chain Management blends operations, marketing, technology and economics.
 • Innovation & Entrepreneurship blends marketing, management, technology and economics.
 • Financial Information & Analysis blends finance, accounting, technology and economics.
 • Information Systems & Business Processes blends technology, management and operations.
 • Engineering & Management blends engineering and business.
 • Aretê blends liberal arts and business.

What makes our undergraduate, graduate and executive programs unique?

A dynamic curriculum

What we teach is built in consultation with major international employers and delivered by talented, well-trained faculty who are experts in their fields.

A global perspective

Business success requires an international mindset. All undergraduate and MBA students are required to have an international experience. Our executive programs are designed
with international perspectives by faculty with international business experience.
Student exchanges include: Australia, Austria, England, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden and Wales
Faculty-led experiences have included: Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore, Slovenia, Taiwan and Uganda

Interdisciplinary thinking

Our undergraduates all learn SAP as both a business tool and as a mechanism to clearly understand how the different disciplines, such as marketing, accounting, manufacturing and human resources, have to integrate for great performance. Our MBAs take an integrated set of core modules, and our executives are taught using cross-disciplinary, problem-solving tools.

Hands-on learning opportunities

From first-year students actually running real businesses, to MBAs working on real consulting projects for real clients, to executives using cutting-edge simulations to solve real problems, our students learn-by-doing. It’s a better way to learn, period. 

This Kid Means Business

bus_ed3aJosh Fogarty, a Clarkson junior from Guilford, Conn., spent the second semester of his sophomore year ensuring that your next trip to the self-checkout lane is hassle-free. Fogarty participated in a full-time co-op with the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Division in New Jersey. Fogarty gained valuable experience — and completed a graduation requirement — while working to improve the Fortune 500 company’s database synchronization rate with retail distributors like Walmart, Walgreens and Target.

“I was in charge of sending data that the store computer uses to make sure each product matches its weight,” says Fogarty, who is majoring in Information Systems and Business Processes (ISBP). “Theoretically, if we make an update in the Johnson & Johnson database, it should automatically update the grocery store system, and the scan will go through.”

With his prior knowledge of SAP (acquired through the Introduction to Information Systems course), Fogarty was able to quickly master Johnson & Johnson’s own proprietary database software and bring Walmart’s sync rate from 74% to a whopping 93%. He also “onboarded” three other major retailers to the system.

Fogarty believes that Clarkson’s ISBP program gave him the practical skills — both technical savvy and general business know-how — that helped him thrive at Johnson & Johnson. “Clarkson’s ISBP program is structured for the realities of modern-day business, whereas a lot of other schools are still teaching old theories,” says Fogarty.

The Art and Science of Global Business Strategy

Business Professor Augustine Lado, Richard C. ’55 and Joy M. Dorf Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was born and raised in Sudan. Lado came to the United States in 1986 to earn his master’s degree at Arkansas State and Ph.D. in strategic business management at the University of Memphis. He joined the Clarkson Business School faculty in 2002, quickly becoming a student favorite and strengthening the nationally ranked program in Global Supply Chain Management.

bus_ed4Lado’s research expertise lies in global business strategy — how companies can successfully navigate the pitfalls of “going global” through savvy leadership, organizational structure, information technology, and strategic alliances and partnerships.

“But even the best corporate structure and supply chain software in the world doesn’t mean much if it’s not implemented by the right people, the right staffing,” says Lado. The knowledge, skills and cultural understanding that comprise the core competencies of a business are embedded in “human systems.”

Lado believes it’s Clarkson’s job to produce the “right people” to thrive in an increasingly interconnected business environment. That starts with the structure of the School of Business itself.

“We don’t have departments or other artificial ‘silos’ that stand in the way of interdisciplinary collaboration,” says Lado. “That interdisciplinary orientation is reflected in the classroom, where students are taught an interdependent, holistic approach to management.”

Effective management is more than knowledge, of course. It’s also experience. In Lado’s Global Business Strategy class, students are challenged to design products, production methods and supply chain networks that reflect the economic, environmental and social concerns in emerging economies like Brazil, Russia, India and China.

Another group of students might be challenged to build a business plan on the foundation of social entrepreneurship. “How do you launch a business that reflects the values of a traditional U.S. company, but also advances a social good in a world where 4.5 billion people live on less than two dollars a day?” asks Lado.

Ethics are at the heart of the discussion. “Successful companies must adopt a code of conduct that governs their operations, wherever they are,” says Lado. “And the students must understand how failing to do so has consequences, even to the bottom line.”