Mission & Values
Any successful organization has, at its core, a shared sense of purpose. The faculty and administration of the School of Management at Bucknell University share a common view of what we do (Mission) and how we do it (Values). These principles guide our work together, our efforts as teacher-scholars, and our interactions with students and alumni.
The School of Management at Bucknell University integrates professional and liberal undergraduate education. Our School brings together a highly selective student body and a faculty of engaged teacher- scholars with unique and diverse perspectives. We work collaboratively, as a learning community, to understand organizations, analyze them rigorously, and devise creative and morally responsible solutions to the challenges they face. Having benefited from an innovative curriculum, our graduates possess strong technical skills as well as the judgment, vision, and integrity necessary to serve society and their professions.
- Students come first. We base every decision on what is best for our students, and though reasonable people disagree about what is "best", we do not accept decisions premised on any lesser standard.
- Truly professional education. We are committed to our students' professional development. We define "professional" broadly to include technical competence, intellectual depth, and moral development. The truly professional manager is not constrained by narrow conventions but understands organizations, has the skills and creativity to lead them, and thinks deeply and responsibly about their impact on society.
- We are all scholars here. We have a duty to our profession, our society, and our students to engage in scholarship as a life-long search for new answers to intellectually vital questions. By our example as scholars, we teach our students the importance of an abiding curiosity and thirst for knowledge.
- The right to be authentic. We believe in allowing each faculty member the autonomy to express their uniqueness as teachers, scholars, and community members. The interplay among these diverse perspectives, rather than any one best model of pedagogy or scholarship, promotes learning, passion, and innovation.
- Leave room for community. Even in our autonomy, we are responsible to each other, to help each other achieve our professional goals and to work together in common cause. We value the fundamental trust and easy collegiality that we share.