has sometimes been referred to as knowledge mining, imagery
that captures the essence of the Fisher College of Business.
As a premier management institution we serve not only as a transmitter,
but also as an originator of knowledge. This generation of new
information infuses all that we do.
The Fisher academic community drives and supports constant innovation,
excellence and creation of new knowledge. This is seen when
Fisher faculty author widely read books and case studies. It
is reflected in the requests to have faculty serve on corporate
boards and as advisors to companies, nonprofit organizations
and government agencies. These assignments provide further opportunities
for faculty research to be informed by the reality of practice.
This commitment to gathering and understanding the significance
of information is also seen in the number of top editorial positions
held by Fisher faculty with the most respected journals in their
As the following report illustrates, in field after field, the
Fisher College is reshaping business through faculty research.
Fisher faculty are defining the supply chain and sharing practical
knowledge with executives around the world. They are leaders
in research and education on aspects of real estate development.
They have led the way in investments research and continue to
inform the ongoing debate over valuing securities. They have
helped guide the study of recruiting, retaining and motivating
employees and volunteers. And they have built foundations of
knowledge for doing business in emerging markets.
The power of knowledge is harnessed when research is translated
into understandable forms and then made accessible to users
of that information, whether students, practitioners or other
scholars. It has value when a student, whether that student
is an 18-year-old undergraduate or a top-level executive, takes
what has been learned and uses that information to make a difference
in the world. It has the greatest chance to have impact when
faculty are sufficiently open to learn from their students as
Nowhere is this more evident than in our high-impact executive
education programs, solutions-oriented business partnership
centers and laboratory-based learning environments. Our executive
education programs bring together faculty and industry leaders
for dynamic learning
experiences where new approaches are created and exchanged.
The colleges business partnership centers work directly
with companies to solve current problems and issues. Faculty
incorporate their research into the undergraduate and graduate
experience as well. Finally, as you will read in this annual
report, faculty are delivering knowledge to students in new
ways, as they make use of web-based instructional tools, videoconferencing
capabilities and other technologies integrated into our new
As you read through this years annual report I hope you
will be impressed and intrigued not only with the depth and
diversity of Fisher faculty research, but also with the breadth
and significance of their contributions.
Joseph A. Alutto,
Dean Fisher College of Business