The University of Southampton
Southampton Business School

Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision

A Business School that is truly distinctive via its multidisciplinary and integrated approach, enhancing our world-class, cutting-edge research that shapes future business practice and to provide a responsible educational experience that connects people and organisations to deliver social and economic impact.

Our Mission

Delivering Management Research and Education with Rigour and Relevance.

Our Learning Goals

Students will demonstrate:

Independent learning

Undergraduate level

  • Students will be able to produce logical and concise arguments
  • Students will be able to ask individual research questions to solve business problems

Postgraduate level

  • Students will be able to develop logical and concise arguments that synthesise relevant information
  • Students will be able to build an individual approach for investigating research problems

MBA

  • Students will be able to develop logical and concise arguments synthesising relevant information
  • Students will be able to build an individual approach for investigating research questions

PhD and DBA

  • Students will be able to interpret, synthesise and critically evaluate information from academic papers, policy papers, technical reports, government and industry’s relevant documents

Ability to apply theory to practice

Undergraduate level

  • Students will be able to appreciate relevant theoretical contributions from a range of sources
  • Students will be able to demonstrate awareness of competing and complementary research evidences to business practice 

Postgraduate level

  • Students will be aware of relevant theoretical contributions from the relevant literature and apply these to cognate areas of the discipline
  • Students will be able to review critically opposing and complimentary research to business practice

MBA 

  • Students will be aware of relevant research contributions to cognate areas of business administration disciplines
  • Students will be able to review critically opposing and complimentary research to business practice

PhD and DBA

  • Students will be able to develop, modify and apply existing theory to novel situations and circumstances
  • Students will be able to apply learned research methods to empirically research a complex business and/or management issue

Ability to use analytical skills

Undergraduate level

  • Students will be able to assess theoretical material and empirical evidence
  • Students will be able to apply quantitative and/or qualitative skills to evaluate data

Postgraduate level

  • Students will be able to analyse critically theoretical material and empirical evidence
  • Students will be able to demonstrate quantitative and/or qualitative skills to evaluate data

MBA

  • Students will be able to analyse critically theory, concepts, principles and terminology
  • Students will be able to demonstrate quantitative and/or qualitative skills to evaluate data
  • Students will be able to appreciate the role of theory in developing management practice

PhD and DBA

  • Students will be able to analyse primary/secondary qualitative/quantitative data in order to create new knowledge

Effective communication

Undergraduate level

  • Students will be able to demonstrate effective written and/or verbal communication skills

Postgraduate level

  • Students will be able to demonstrate effective written and/or verbal communication skills

MBA

  • Students will be able to demonstrate effective written and/or verbal communication skills

PhD and DBA

  • Students will be able to demonstrate effective written and/or verbal communication skills

Employability

Undergraduate level

  • Students will be able to demonstrate appreciation of business operations in a number of organisational contexts

Postgraduate level

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a critical appreciation of business problems and how relevant literature / business practice can help to better understand the complex interconnected relationships

MBA

  • Students will be able to evaluate critically the contingencies and contextual factors that enable the implementation of appropriate business administration models/concepts/theories

PhD and DBA

  • Students will be able to create and evaluate new knowledge through empirical research of a quality to satisfy peer review and merit publication

Head of School

AACSB
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

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