The Indiana University Kelley School of Business fosters learning about the creation, management, and continuing adaptation of organizations and enterprises in an ever-changing environment.
This basic purpose requires that the school engage in:

  • The generation and documentation of knowledge and the sharing of that knowledge with the academic community
  • The organization and preservation of knowledge
  • The transmission of knowledge to a broad mix of students and practicing executives
  • The application of knowledge to benefit our many constituencies.


The school will realize this vision to the extent that it succeeds in addressing the needs of its various constituencies, which have specific and often widely differing expectations. To meet these obligations, the school must balance its efforts along several dimensions.

  • As an academic institution, the school is responsible for the quality and quantity of its research, for the preparation of new researchers, and for service to the university system and wider academic community.
  • As a public institution, the school is responsible for the quality of the graduates from its programs and for sharing both its information and its expertise with the community at large.
  • As a professional school, the school is responsible for serving the diverse segments of the business community in Indiana, across the nation, and around the world.
  • As a state-assisted institution, the school has a continuing responsibility to serve the people of the state of Indiana.

Shared Values

Critical to the school's success is its distinctive culture. Certain key values and widely shared beliefs shape the essential character of the school and thereby become important criteria for basic decisions.

Quality Emphasis  The school seeks to meet its goals with distinction and to do so consistently. This principle requires insight into its areas of competence, the aspirations of the faculty and staff, and the availability of resources.

Proactive Change  Change in any organization is driven ultimately by the long-term forces that shape the body of constituencies it was created to serve. Business organizations constantly undergo change. The rate of change may vary, but the environment is always dynamic. The school is committed not only to responding to change via its research variety and curriculum emphases, but to anticipating basic changes as well.

Integrative Programs  The school attracts faculty who have a broad understanding of business enterprises and a capacity for configuring and interrelating business functions. This capacity is demonstrated in the school's academic programs, which emphasize the interdependence of business functions, provide a solid grounding in the liberal arts, and recognize the importance of breadth of understanding to overall organizational success.

Programmatic Approach to Education  The school's degree programs are more than just a set of requirements. Every step of the degree sequence comprises a carefully planned and coordinated set of activities. Support activities such as admissions and placement counseling, extracurricular activities, overseas study opportunities, and faculty involvement in student activities enrich the student's course work.

Balance and Diversity  The school conscientiously seeks to achieve breadth in its research focus, curriculum, pedagogy, and faculty and student composition. Diversity of viewpoint and background is encouraged, and heterogeneity is nurtured. The school recognizes the need to provide students and faculty with a rich, balanced context for the study of business as well as a learning environment that is conducive to the lively exchange of ideas and intellectual stimulation necessary for productive, independent scholarship.

Citizenship  Good citizenship is valued strongly in the school. Citizenship involves more than fulfilling formal academic requirements. It encompasses participation in multiple roles, a willingness to serve, and a commitment to perform activities that sustain the broader life of the school as an institution. Citizenship is manifested in both respect for individual rights and acknowledgment of individual responsibilities to the institution.

Collegiality  A spirit of collegiality is a hallmark of the school. It is grounded in the faculty's inherent respect for each other and for students as individuals. The goal is to maximize development of the specific abilities and potential each student brings to the institution. The school sustains this spirit through mutual trust and demonstrates it through the encouragement of student-faculty interaction and student consultation through organizations and advisory groups.

Undergraduate Principles  On May 7, 1998, the IUPUI Faculty Council approved the adoption of the following six principles of undergraduate learning: core communication and quantitative skills; critical thinking; integration and application of knowledge; intellectual depth, breadth, and adaptiveness; understanding society and culture; and values and ethics. These principles provide the conceptual framework for the general-education component of the undergraduate curriculum at the Kelley School of Business.

Last updated 1-22-10