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MISSION We  provide  world-­‐class  business  education  on  a  personal  scale.  We  pursue  this  mission   • Through  a  portfolio  of  programs  in  a  diverse,  close-­‐knit  and  collaborative  community   of  inquiry  and  discovery.     • By  providing  a  transformative  experience  for  individuals  seeking  leadership  roles  in   organizations  of  all  kinds.  

VALUES   The  Owen  School  is  built  upon  the  strength  of  Vanderbilt  University,  one  of  the  world’s  leading   academic  institutions.  Our  mission,  vision,  values  and  strategy  reflect  those  of  the  broader  university.   We  seek  to  build  ethical,  compassionate,  intellectually  agile  leaders  who  value  diversity,  freedom  of   thought  and  relationships.    

GOALS We  measure  our  success  against  three  strategic  goals:     • Career  success  and  impact  of  our  graduates.   • Recognition  of  our  faculty  for  thought  leadership.   • Programs  that  are  highly  regarded  by  our  peers,  the  business  community  and  members  of  the   Vanderbilt  and  Owen  communities.    

STRATEGIC DRIVERS     Our  strategy  is  defined  through  the  operationalization  of  our  mission.  By  focusing  its  seven  elements,  we   create  and  sustain  strategic  initiatives  that  best  support  the  mission.     World-­‐Class   In  everything  we  do,  we  pursue  a  level  of  excellence  worthy  of  global  recognition.     We  believe  that  the  best  learning  environment  is  supported  by  renowned  faculty  whose   teaching  is  informed  by  their  research-­‐based  expertise.  Similarly,  the  student  experience  and   Owen  community  are  made  stronger  by  the  quality  and  talents  of  the  individuals  who   administer  our  programs.  We  recruit  the  best  students  from  across  the  globe  and  provide  them   the  best  possible  learning  experience,  while  striving  to  ensure  that  the  cost  of  attendance  is  not   a  deterrent  to  joining  our  community.  Finally,  we  partner  with  leading  firms  who  recruit  our   students  to  ensure  we  are  developing  the  talent  they  need  for  their  organizations.     Personal  Scale   We  cultivate  a  distinct  competitive  advantage  by  focusing  on  individual  needs.     Our  size  and  focus  give  us  the  ability  to  interact  with  students,  alumni  and  recruiters  on  a   personal  level.  Recognizing  that  students  come  to  Owen  with  many  different  backgrounds,  we   seek  to  provide  the  highest-­‐quality  learning  experience  by  tailoring  the  academic  experience  to  

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individual student  development.  Our  favorable  faculty-­‐to-­‐student  ratio  promotes  a  close-­‐knit   community  with  exceptional  access  to  faculty  and  staff.  We  couple  our  high  levels  of  access  with   a  modular  curriculum,  point-­‐of-­‐need  learning  and  immersive  experiences  that  deliver  broad   coverage  of  the  most  important  business  subjects,  while  providing  the  opportunity  for  students   to  explore  areas  of  interest  in-­‐depth.  Our  personal-­‐scale  advantage  extends  beyond  graduation,   as  we  support  our  alumni  throughout  their  careers.  Likewise,  we  invest  in  partnerships  with   hiring  organizations  to  better  meet  their  unique  needs.     Portfolio  of  Programs   Our  strategic  array  of  programs  strengthens  the  breadth,  depth,  reach  and  responsiveness  of   our  school.   Our  portfolio  of  programs  serves  a  broad  audience  by  addressing  management  education  needs   at  various  stages  of  the  career.  Further,  through  our  portfolio,  we  offer  deeper  expertise  across   our  programs  than  any  one  program  alone  could  support.  The  variety  of  programs  also  makes  it   possible  for  Owen  to  impact  more  industries  and  corporate  partners.  We  believe  that  our  ability   to  develop  and  implement  new  programs  provides  us  opportunities  to  capitalize  on  changing   market  needs.  Finally,  our  portfolio  supports  our  personal-­‐scale  strategy  by  allowing  us  to  limit   the  size  of  any  one  program.     Diverse  Community   A  diverse  and  inclusive  community  is  an  essential  element  of  the  Owen  experience.   Learning  to  capitalize  on  diversity  and  understand  different  cultures  and  experiences  is  critical   for  today’s  global  companies.  We  actively  recruit  students  and  faculty  from  across  the  globe  and   from  different  backgrounds.  Owen’s  diverse  community  facilitates  the  development  of  a  global   mindset  and  enables  our  students  to  master  the  challenges  of  managing  diverse  teams.  Peer   learning  is  a  significant  part  of  the  Owen  experience.  We  recognize  that  students  are  motivated   by  their  colleagues,  faculty  and  staff  through  a  shared  goal  of  becoming  strong  leaders.  Thus,  we   encourage  students  to  bring  their  diverse  perspectives  both  to  the  classroom  and  to   extracurricular  learning  experiences.     Close-­‐knit,  Collaborative  Community   In  today’s  connected  economy,  specialization  and  collaboration  are  ever  more  important.   Business  today  is  extremely  competitive.  We  are  as  competitive  as  any  business  school,  but  also   seek  to  develop  leaders  who  understand  the  value  of  relationships  and  collaboration.  Through   team-­‐based  assignments,  small  class  sizes  and  community  initiatives,  we  develop  collaborative   leaders  and  team  players  that  are  greatly  valued  by  the  organizations  they  join.  Our  close-­‐knit   community  lives  on  within  our  alumni,  who  actively  support  the  school  and  one  another.  Faculty   and  staff  strive  to  make  Owen’s  working  environment  equally  collaborative,  where  everyone’s   views  are  heard  and  valued.  Thus,  the  benefits  of  our  close-­‐knit  community  are  reflected  in   faculty  and  staff  satisfaction.     Inquiry  and  Discovery   We  believe  that  research-­‐based  faculty  members  are  ultimately  the  best  teachers.     Owen’s  faculty  are  engaged  in  inquiry  and  discovery.  It  is  the  thirst  for  new  insights  that   produces  high-­‐impact  research  and  creates  an  environment  where  faculty  inspire  students  to  

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look beyond  simple  answers,  instilling  the  wonder  and  excitement  of  discovery.  Accordingly,  we   attract  and  develop  faculty  with  dual  excellence  in  research  and  teaching.  We  encourage  our   faculty  to  push  the  frontiers  of  their  fields,  impacting  both  the  theory  and  practice  of   management.       Transformational  Leadership   Organizations  of  all  sizes  and  sectors  seek  individuals  who  can  lead  and  manage  change.   We  believe  that  leadership  capabilities  are  enhanced  through  learning  experiences  that  cultivate   self-­‐awareness.  Our  personal-­‐scale  approach  allows  us  to  refine  each  student’s  leadership  skills   through  individual  assessments,  personal  reflection,  informed  feedback,  coaching  and   leadership  experiences.  Our  scale  also  offers  many  more  leadership  roles  per  student  than   larger  competitors,  providing  students  the  opportunity  to  practice  and  receive  guidance  on   effective  leadership.  We  believe  our  approach  transforms  students,  making  them  better  leaders   of  teams,  organizations  and  industries.    

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Mission Values and Strategy  

We developed a new mission statement for the school, centered on delivering world-class business education on a personal scale.

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