Strategic Framework

The strategic framework for Smith School of Business was developed in 2003-04 after broad consultation with faculty, staff, alumni, students and partners. It was endorsed unanimously by the faculty for another five years in January 2004 and August 2008. In November 2013 the faculty made minor changes and unanimously re-confirmed it for another five years.

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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.

Our Purpose

  • We prepare students from across Canada and around the world for positions of leadership and impact through excellent undergraduate and graduate programs
  • We improve the practice of management and leadership, and advance business and society through excellence in research
  • We provide excellent executive education to Canadian and international executives
  • We offer our alumni lifelong learning, development and engagement opportunities

Five Core Strategies

  1. Develop and offer programs that focus on quality and innovation, with faculty who strive for excellence in research and teaching
  2. Engage in strategic partnerships with educational institutions in North America and internationally that will enhance our program offerings and profile as a premier business school
  3. Enhance our profile via service to prestigious professional associations
  4. Increase our research productivity and impact
  5. Establish operational efficiencies and effectiveness that enable us to execute with excellence while managing risk, responding to market changes, sustaining our competitive advantage and enabling the scalability of successful programs and activities

2014-18 Objectives

  • Hire new faculty to support growth
  • Strengthen and expand the professional graduate program portfolio
  • Support and enhance Smith research culture and productivity
  • Identify and implement operational efficiencies
  • Stabilize and expand Queen's Executive Education
  • Develop a new approach to business curriculum beyond case studies
  • Strengthen and enhance the Commerce student experience
  • Complete our $65 million fund-raising campaign for Smith