Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith
Welcome to Hope International University’s College of Business and Management!
There are two beliefs that define the College of Business and Management at Hope International University. The first is that God’s kingdom – the church, the world, and all that is in it – needs competent Christian leaders. The second is that business is and should be a mission field for those who are called to the profession of business.
Today’s challenging business environment increases the demand for business executives who understand the constantly changing nature of business and how organizations must adapt in order to maintain their competitive advantage. Because of this, Hope International University’s undergraduate and graduate programs have been designed to equip business students with the skills necessary to manage, develop, and lead organizations.
At Hope, you will find a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for the real business world. However, the students we develop approach that world very differently; with an emphasis on how Jesus would have them manage, develop and lead.
Both our undergraduate and graduate programs include the vital aspect of addressing the spiritual nature of humankind, as our professors integrate their Christian faith into the learning process. This offers a holistic learning experience that goes beyond the classroom or online environment. Our graduate faculty members are outstanding scholars and business professionals who bring many years of business experience to the learning environment. This yields business professionals who are well-rounded and better prepared to engage the world of business with all the knowledge and tools they will need to lead their organizations.
We recognize that leadership today looks very different than yesterday. The tools of traditional management just won’t work. What works is for students to look beyond the organization, recognizing the boundaries are unclear, situations and problems are complex and uncertain, yet happen in real-time and are dynamic. Leadership is no longer hierarchical and managerially focused, but it is distributed and is management and leadership focused; it is servant-leadership. Today’s organizations require more than knowledge, they require a team member who understands how to think, act and lead. As such, the College of Business and Management is focused on preparing students to do just that.
We know the value of Christian Business leaders. God wants Christians in management and leadership just as He wants them in the pulpit. There is no part of society that is exempt from God’s call. There is a growing realization that business is needed in God’s economy as well as in the world’s economy. Through our program content and the expertise of our faculty, our College helps to meet this need.
A. LaSharnda Beckwith, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Business and Management