Mission and Vision


The Simmons School of Business faculty, students and staff work in partnership to develop socially responsible and skilled leaders ready for successful careers in the collaborative and competitive environments of business and nonprofit management. We are dedicated to a highly participatory learning environment that values academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, and life success for all our students and our colleagues. To accomplish these goals, we commit to meeting the highest standards of outside accreditation and to maintaining or exceeding existing standards of scholarship, teaching excellence and student support activities.


We are committed to educating students to be leaders who understand the necessity to be both exceptional at what they do and principled in how they do it. We focus on students as individuals: We invest in their success and support them as they launch, advance, and change their careers.  

We are committed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in management through superior, distinctive education and research. Our multiple programs incorporate rigorous, applied management education and entrepreneurial insights through classroom experiences and internships. Our programs integrate the strategic, functional, and behavioral aspects of management, and our students gain the knowledge and analytical skills they need to successfully lead in dynamic, global environments.


  • Strategic, rigorous, and experienced-based management education 
  • Decision-making supported by critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Industry interaction that informs our teaching, offers internships and employment opportunities to our students, and creates value for our industry partners 
  • Problem-solving capability in complex environments under uncertain conditions
  • Thought leadership and cutting-edge practice in analyzing, understanding, and addressing gender and diversity dynamics in organizations
  • Ethical, socially responsible, and sustainable management practices that enhance both the performance of organizations and the welfare of society
  • Innovation, change leadership, and entrepreneurship in the for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental sectors
  • Faculty excellence in teaching 
  • Thoughtful integration of teaching, research, and practice
  • The diversity of our students and the value that diversity brings to improving effectiveness in both the classroom and the organization
  • Continuous improvement of teaching and of learning experiences in response to changing environments.
  • A dynamic and committed community of faculty and staff
  • A vibrant network of students, alumnae/i, employers, and partners as a critical resource for individuals and for the School

Updated by faculty, 2018