What Teaching “Business with Humanity in Mind” Means at Carey Business School
Teaching Business with Humanity in Mind is not only the Carey Business School’s brand, it is our ethos. From the faculty and staff we employ, to the students we admit and the alumni we graduate, there is a common understanding that we are one human race in which what we do matters – especially in business.
How we conduct ourselves with one person, thousands, or millions is important and impactful. We are an educational organization that puts moving humanity forward as the top priority. We teach it as a core principle to be embraced in business and by doing so, create a better world.
As Dean Bernard T. Ferrari states, “Our goal is to produce relevant, practical, translatable research that has a beneficial impact on people’s lives today and tomorrow.” Part of Carey Business School’s mission statement states, “We create and share knowledge that shapes business practices while educating business leaders who will grow economies and societies, and are exemplary citizens.”
Here are some of the cornerstones of the course curriculum that demonstrate our brand, ethos, and vision:
The Innovation for Humanity Experience is an international learning course that develops agile and creative business leaders who gain first-hand knowledge in building sustainable businesses in developing markets. During the first semester, Global MBA students research the cultural, political, and economical challenges facing the region they will visit. The heart of the program is the three-week residency, where students travel to one of several site locations and work with local community leaders to solve real world challenges – like public health, deteriorating infrastructure, and social welfare – with the help of the business practices learned during the previous semester. Students then complete and formally present recommended solutions to these issues to the communities they serve.
Discovery to Market is a course in which students learn to assess the commercial potential of scientific discoveries and technological innovations, with the goal of producing future Chief Innovation Officers and informed CEOs who truly understand the complex interplay of science, technology and innovation to create revolutionary business models for companies around the world. D2M is unique in that it focuses on commercialization and entrepreneurship as a means to meet societal needs; i.e. by creating a successful business model a technology can be brought to market for medical, scientific and humanitarian purposes. The core philosophy of D2M is experiential learning. Student teams are business students only; responsibility for understanding the invention and its commercial feasibility falls squarely on the shoulders of business students. Work on real inventions through our working agreements with project partners.
CityLab is essentially two back-to-back practicum courses in which students forgo lecture hall whiteboards to immerse themselves in real-world, street-level social entrepreneurship. Working with area residents, stakeholders, and institutions, they identify neighborhood strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies to capitalize on the former and address the latter. There are CityLab efforts in a couple of other Baltimore neighborhoods, too, as well as in Washington, D.C., to accommodate the many Carey students in that city.
The faculty of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is dedicated to the school’s mission of developing new business knowledge and educating the next generation of business leaders to build great economies and societies.
As educators, our faculty teaches students to be creative business leaders who will solve today’s problems and tomorrow’s challenges. Our rigorous academic programs are taught from the perspective that business can be a force for building great economies and better societies for all.
This article was written by DECA National Advisory Board member, John Hopkins University Carey Business School. You can follow John Hopkins Carey Business School on Twitter @JHUCarey.