Solving Problems That Matter
The Robinson College of Business is a community of students, educators, and professionals who specialize in discovering insights that drive smarter business decisions.
With a rich history in the city, the Robinson College is located in the center of Atlanta, is a leader with local and global business partners, and supports an alumni network of over 60 000 people that reaches far and wide — from small businesses to global companies. We have strong connections around the globe — and we make sure our students do, too.
Our programs were built to push students beyond the classroom and offer experiences that bridge the gap between business education and the business world. Our internationally recognized faculty are not only experts in their fields but also prolific authors, distinguished researchers, and award-winning leaders.
Robinson Students Stand Out
You’ll find our students serving as consultants for local businesses and providing business plans, market research, and product evaluations. They work side-by-side with business partners to solve real big data problems and offer sound solutions. Our students travel the world learning about businesses that operate globally. They compete for top rankings in case of competitions, hackathons, and entrepreneurship challenges. Our graduates are landing top positions, earning raises and making a name for themselves and Robinson College.
Get Closer to Business
- Financial Leadership Symposia.
The semiannual Financial Leadership Symposium is comprised of panels of C-suite executives, entrepreneurs, and finance professionals who expose students to best business practices, emerging trends, and the future of business. Moderated by our Executive in Residence, a C-suite executive in two Fortune 500 companies and in a private equity turnaround, past topics of the Symposia include M&A, the future of banking, private equity, FinTech, asset/wealth management, and diversity in finance. Following the panel discussion, students interact with our guests in a networking reception.
- Mentor Program.
Students can receive an executive mentor to provide career advice and business connections. Mentors include C-suite executives at firms such as Georgia Pacific, Turner Broadcasting, BlueLynx, Churches Chicken, Printpack, and Oglethorpe Power.
- Financial Leadership Network.
The Financial Leadership Network (FLN), affiliated with the Department of Finance, provides students with access to leading firms in Atlanta such as Equifax, Mohawk Industries, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Georgia Pacific, Westrock, Mueller Water Products, PrimeRevenue, and Alvarez & Marsal. The FLN is a conduit to the finance community and a source of mentors, connections, and professional opportunities.
- Financial Leader of the Year (FLY) Awards.
The Finance Department sponsors the FLY Awards, an annual event that recognizes outstanding leaders in the finance community and helps connect students with “movers and shakers” in Atlanta finance.
- Financial Leadership Course.
Led by our Executive in Residence, the Financial Leadership Course focuses on career and human capital development through mentoring, career assessment testing, and interaction with executive speakers.
Advancing Vision 2020
Advancing Vision 2020 is Robinson’s 5-year strategic plan that calls for investments in faculty hires, increasing the number of immersive and experiential learning opportunities for students, building deeper collaborations between the college and corporate partners, upgraded facilities and technology, with funding to come from existing resources and new revenues. The plan was approved at the 2015 Robinson Fall Faculty Meeting on November 18, 2015.
No one gets closer to business than Robinson.
In the heart of Atlanta, surrounded by Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike, the Robinson College of Business fosters deep and lasting business relationships that cut across our research, teaching, and service missions to facilitate our development of the next generation of leaders. We grow future talent through degree programs while continually connecting students to business and society, and we support current leaders through executive education as well as collaborative relationships and sponsored research. This allows us to be closer to business, to better understand market challenges, and to more effectively co-develop and implement solutions with the business.
Three goals are necessary to achieve this vision by 2020:
- Empower Students to Seize the Opportunities of the Technological Revolution
- Foster the Research Environment Necessary to Produce Insightful Business Leaders
- Lead a Purposeful Community
Ensure a diverse student body emerges prepared to deliver value in business, government, and non-profit organizations.
We accomplish this by engaging scholars and practitioners who increase our understanding of how individuals, organizations, and markets most effectively enhance social well-being. We share this knowledge with our peers and current and future business leaders to maximize its potential to affect individuals, families, communities, and global society.
Four values define us and guide our outcomes.
Rigor and Relevance.
The Power of Markets.
We are openly committed to seeking creative ideas and ways of accomplishing what others claim may not be possible. We champion current and future leaders from all backgrounds.
We produce rigorous and relevant research that stimulates the academic world and allows us to deliver educational experiences that inspire current and future business leaders to advance, innovate, and transform business practice.
We create and value collaborative relationships that allow us to translate academic knowledge, techniques, and methods into better business practice. Business problems that do not have proven approaches create a derived demand for new academic research and opportunities to co-produce value. Cultivating collaborative relationships is key to creating this virtuous circle.
We believe a market-oriented system best promotes and supports the growth of individual dignity, freedom, and personal responsibility and is the most efficient means to enrich people’s lives. We value ensuring that current and future organizational leaders engage, in an ethical and responsible manner, both the market and the societal context in which they operate to create long-term value.