Binghamton University School of Management celebrates 50 years

Binghamton University School of Management celebrates 50 years

November 15, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


[Music] This is really a landmark moment for the
school. Our peers are recognizing us among the best business schools in the country . . . And, I think that that’s something something that each one of us are very
proud of. Being part of the leadership of the School of Management during their 50th year anniversary, it’s really exciting . . . I get to see behind the scenes. I get to see how hard the staff and the faculty work every day to kind of make us and continue to make us a really top-ranked business school. That doesn’t come through luck and kind of resting on our laurels. We cannot for one minute, think that the school will take care of itself. And so, I love that we’re all active participants in growing and developing the school and moving it forward. Binghamton students are not naive about
how competitive the environment is. They know that it’s cutthroat. They know that a lot of the jobs that existed even 5 years ago in the business world have become obsolete. They know that faculty have to be researching issues, going to conferences, producing publications. They know that if we’re not, that they’re falling behind, because we’re falling behind Research faculty are first and
foremost scientists. Along with being educators, these faculty publish; they’re on the cutting edge of management . . . And, I think when they tell the students about it, the students are in awe. And, what great opportunities for the students to help as collaborators in research projects. School of Management students are the
reason that I’m here I’d like to start with that because
they are the best in the country. They are people that have developed a very strong work ethic. They go into firms and say, “What do I need to do to be successful in the firm?” And, these are the best leaders; the best firms in the world, that I am talking about. And, they continually come back to us and tell us how great our students are. So when they want to change cultures within their firms, they attract Binghamton students. We are at a key juncture as far as the
fourth Industrial Revolution is concerned. Part of our overall strategy that we want to develop, a national and global reputation. And, so as part of that expansion
effort, we chose the West Coast as a first initiative, to develop this national reputation. And, I think the West Coast is a chance for the School of Management to show how talented their alumni are; and also, the quality of the school. And so, there’s a lot of transformation; there’s a lot of change that is going on around us. And, how we handle that particular change is going to define our success for the future. One thing that I think sets us apart is that we have an active encouragement of faculty to cross pollinate across disciplines . . . so we can bring in concepts from other disciplines into the classroom, because they are related. You want to make sure that you have a
sufficiently deep reservoir of technical abilities in some areas. We can take our best educated guess at what skills students need . . . . or we can just ask; and those corporate partners and those alumni become crucial for answering that question. Out in the field, practicing, using, deliberating, questioning every day, are our alumni. They are our first line of information. Any time when I come up here and
here and talk to students they have so many questions about, “Okay, how do I get started?” I want them to really think about what type of leaders they want to be. And, at the same time, I really believe that no one succeeds by themselves. Everyone plays a role, when you are working in an environment that you want to grow. We have the right tools in the school to help be some of the problem solvers of the future. I think that one can get complacent and relaxed and say, “Well, we are considered among the elite business schools, in the nation.” And so, well done. And you know, we can relax for the next 50 years but that is really not the environment that we want to create in this school. We want to create an environment, in which we are always striving to be better. And, really be the best among public universities in the country.