During the last several years, serious ethical lapses were exposed in the business world, grabbing international headlines. As a result, many corporate giants imploded, leaving in their wake ruined lives and a deeply shaken confidence in business leaders. In business, ethics have become negotiable rather than serving as the guiding axiom.
Jaded consumers and skeptical investors want to know that your word, as well as corporate profit margins and products, can be unequivocally trusted. Yet, building this type of trust and reputation requires a new type of leader who views business as a marathon, not a sprint. This individual commits to long-term profitability, not simply short-term gain.
Whether you are just graduating from high school, plan to launch the next Fortune 500 company, or hope to run the family business, you must know how to exceed the expectations of your teachers, employers, customers, and investors in today’s fast-paced and relentless marketplace.
Azusa Pacific’s School of Business and Management (SBM) provides professional career preparation for today’s business world through its undergraduate and graduate programs. These programs immerse students in relevant learning opportunities that are applicable in the workplace. At the end of APU's business programs, students graduate with the ability to make sound ethical decisions in ambiguous business situations, provide inspirational and focused leadership, and develop human potential.
At APU, it’s not business as usual.
Integrity. Character. Competence.
The bar has been raised for business leaders because of recent corporate scandals. Producing impressive profit margins is not enough. Today’s organizations need professionals who perform exceptionally well on a number of levels—innovative individuals who infuse their companies with a creative edge, critical thinkers who problem solve on the spot, and individuals who can successfully navigate the gray areas of business, while still meeting investor and customer expectations.
The School of Business and Management prepares undergraduates and professionals who understand business from this strategic perspective through its eight bachelor’s programs, as well as Master of Business Administration (MBA) (also online) and Master of Business Management (MBM) (also online) programs.
Four pillars provide the foundation for SBM’s comprehensive perspective.
Azusa Pacific’s SBM delivers programs that integrate ethical analysis and strategy into course work. SBM faculty teach ethical conduct hand-in-hand with accounting, organizational development, and marketing courses. Lessons in ethics form an integral strand of each course in a way that is immediately applicable and relevant.
SBM faculty teach as more than academicians who recite the theory of supply and demand. These seasoned veterans from diverse industries understand the intricacies of the business world and bring this expertise and savvy to bear in the classroom. They engage and challenge students to apply textbook theories to actual workplace scenarios.
Technology and ease of travel erase traditional geographical boundaries, which means that the global marketplace exists as a borderless entity. Consequently, adaptability and innovation have become absolute necessities for succeeding in today’s global economy. Business leaders must know how to adapt and succeed in cultures other than their own. The MBA with an International Business concentration immerses students in a term abroad in either Europe or Asia to increase recognition of emerging markets and gain exposure to the cultural, socioeconomic, and political complexities of business.
When you earn your business degree from APU, you join a family of colleagues from a variety of professional backgrounds. As an alumnus, you gain a valuable resource from networking opportunities held by SBM faculty and other alumni throughout the year.