Strategic Framework

The strategic framework for Smith School of Business was developed in consultation with faculty, staff, alumni, students and partners. It defines our purpose, priorities and approach.

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Our Mission:

We develop outstanding leaders with a global perspective, and create new knowledge that advances business and society

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Our Vision:

To be one of the world's most innovative and influential business schools


As Canada's premier business school our purpose is to:

  • Prepare students from across Canada and around the world for positions of leadership and impact through excellent undergraduate and graduate experiences
  • Improve the practice of management and leadership, and advance business and society through excellence in research
  • Provide excellent executive education to Canadian and international leaders
  • Offer our alumni excellent lifelong learning, development and engagement opportunities

Core Strategies

We will enhance our operations by:

  • Developing and leveraging programs and ecosystems that focus on quality and innovation, with faculty who strive for excellence in research and teaching
  • Creating and disseminating high impact knowledge that leverages our strong commitment to respecting diverse research paradigms
  • Engaging in strategic partnerships that enhance our program offerings and profile as a premier business school
  • Executing with excellence while managing risk
  • Moving quickly to seize market opportunities


We will advance our agenda through 2021 by:

  • Hiring excellent faculty and staff to support growth, diversity and inclusivity
  • Strengthening Smith research culture to enhance productivity and impact
  • Fostering a diverse and inclusive student community
  • Enhancing and growing the Smith program portfolio
  • Expanding Queen’s Executive Education
  • Defining, branding and promoting the “Smith Way”
  • Advancing Smith priorities by increasing alumni and donor engagement
  • Implementing operational efficiencies


Our Values will guide our decision making at all times:

  • Excellence, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Respect for students, faculty and staff colleagues, and others
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Teamwork and collaboration in a diverse and inclusive community
  • Collaborative relationships with alumni, partners and stakeholders