Article: Curriculum, connections and community: Randy L. Allen

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Curriculum, connections and community: Randy L. Allen

Randy Allen, Associate Dean, International & Corporate relations, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Curriculum, connections and community: Randy L. Allen

A global focus that permeates the curriculum, faculty, students, activities & alumni is critical


One of the critical factors in a great business school is outstanding research faculty, who bring current research into the classroom as teachers. A second factor is a community of scholars and practitioners, which includes the faculty, staff, students, and alumni which facilitate richness of ideas that challenge thinking and yield better ideas. Great students are also critical, as they challenge the faculty and one another to explore critical issues and the status quo, & contribute to the knowledge base by bringing their experiences, ideas, and questions into the discussion. Add to this, a global focus that permeates the curriculum, faculty, students, activities and alumni.

A great business school combines theory and practice to create opportunities for students to apply their learning to real business problems. A strong relationship with companies helps a school to be relevant in research and teaching by allowing adequate interaction with corporations. This facilitates in understanding the issues they are facing, conducting research with their data to advance knowledge, and in obtaining feedback on the performance of students.

Johnson is unique in its integration of three key strengths–curriculum, connections, and community. For curriculum, our pioneering performance learning model, coupled with excellence in management fundamentals, ensures that Johnson MBA students are better prepared for more real-world problems.

With respect to connections, Johnson gives its business students, the opportunity to learn and practice in the broader community of the Ivy League’s largest and most educationally diverse community, and to network with more than 2,50,000 Cornell alumni around the globe. And the Johnson MBA community is intentionally small and selective, designed to function much like today’s global, high-performance workplace. These three factors combine to create transformational leaders who know how to harness the collective strength of others and deliver extraordinary results.

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Topics: Campus Recruitment, Strategic HR, C-Suite

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