College Profile: Pepperdine University - Westlake Village
The mission of the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management is to develop values-centered leaders and advance responsible business practice through education that is entrepreneurial in spirit, ethical in focus, and global in orientation. As a professional school growing out of the tradition of a Christian University, we seek to positively impact both society at large, and the organizations and communities in which our students and graduates are members. Therefore, we affirm a higher purpose for business practice than the exclusive pursuit of shareholder wealth. We believe that successful management seeks collective good along with individual profit and is anchored in core values such as integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion.
Implications of Our Mission
* Students - Committed to the preparation of both working professionals and full-time students, our mission is served best by students from diverse cultural, educational, and experiential backgrounds uniquely united by a desire for quality education, personal growth, and professional development.
* Faculty - This commitment requires faculty skilled both in the classroom and in the business world, who can teach from professional experience as well as theoretical knowledge. This commitment also necessitates a sensitivity to the diversity of our students, faculty, and environment which encourages differing viewpoints.
* Pedagogy - We seek to accomplish this mission by encouraging a continuous process of self improvement in our students based on a pragmatic, experiential approach to learning about themselves and each other as well as business practice. This process is designed to develop the interpersonal and analytical skills necessary for solving problems of future importance as well as those focused on immediate need. We affirm that this is best accomplished through personal relationships with our students as well as small-group learning environments.
* Professional Focus - Further, we realize that for a business education to remain high-quality, it must be responsive to the rapidly changing global business setting, both culturally and technologically. Thus it is imperative that we remain flexible in our delivery and incorporation of significant changes of the business world into the curriculum and day to day professional growth.