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College of Business

About the College of Business

As a student-focused college with a world-class faculty and staff, our goal is to provide you with the skills needed for success in business and life.  

Our AACSB-accredited programs, internships, travel study courses, professional conferences, Distinguished Lecture Series, and investment, entrepreneurship and case competitions will not only change your life-they will prepare you for rewarding leadership and career opportunities.  As a Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle, you will receive an outstanding business education and develop the communication, technology, problem-solving, and teamwork skills important to today’s employers.

  • Our Mission

    The College of Business produces career-ready, professionally adept, and community-engaged graduates, generates application-oriented research, and provides exceptional service to business and society. 

    Our mission is accomplished by:

    • Emphasizing integrative, personalized, and engaging experiential learning opportunities – both within and outside the classroom.

    • Producing research that makes meaningful contributions to the practice of business and business education.

    • Expertly serving university, community, and business constituents to improve and promote the social well-being and economic success of the Upper Cumberland and Tennessee.

    • Maintaining ethical, equitable, and inclusive learning environments and student interactions.

  • Our Vision

    As a leader in integrative, experiential learning, the Tennessee Tech College of Business will engage every student in transformational opportunities- empowering them with the capability, creativity, and tenacity to make their world a better place.

  • Our Character & Values

    The College of Business reserves its highest level of dedication to its academic programs, exemplified by a focus on excellence in instruction and supported by commitments to scholarly activity, intellectual contribution, and professional and community service by the faculty and to student-centered developmental and co-curricular programs by the professional staff.

    The College of Business is distinguished by:

    STUDENT SUCCESS

    » WE DELIVER an impactful educational experience that makes a positive difference in our students’ lives. 

    » WE ARE COMMITTED TO experiential learning that produces practical knowledge and professional development in students.

    » WE ENABLE a technology-infused, interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that produces team-oriented, competitive, ready-to-work graduates.

    INNOVATION  

    » WE FOSTER AND SUPPORT innovation in our academic programs, initiatives, processes, student mindset, scholarly endeavors, and service activities.

    RESILIENCE

    » WE STRIVE for agility, flexibility, creativity, and adaptability in challenging situations.

    COLLEGIALITY

    » WE SUPPORT AND MAINTAIN a robust collegial environment characterized by mutually respectful interactions and collaborations with high levels of constructive engagement among faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders.  

    DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION  

    » WE ARE COMMITTED to diversity, inclusion, and a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. WE RESPECT a diversity of backgrounds and thought.

    ETHICS AND INTEGRITY

    » WE FOSTER an organizational culture that encourages ethical and responsible behavior in all stakeholders. 

    Teaching
    Our faculty are sensitive to the educational needs of our students and strive for excellence in teaching both hard and soft skills and content. The College provides many experiential learning and professional development opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

    We seek to educate business leaders and potential leaders who are capable of making lasting contributions to business and society and who are also skilled in using an interdisciplinary approach to decision making in an increasingly global and technology-dependent business environment.

    Intellectual Contributions
    Our faculty engage primarily in applied research and scholarly activities that provide insights into business practice. We believe such scholarly activity should be a career-long endeavor of faculty engaged in educating current and future business leaders and that such activity enhances the effectiveness of classroom instruction and external interaction.

    Service
    Our faculty share their expertise to benefit external constituencies and create opportunities for students to apply their skills and knowledge. We believe these activities and involvement with business and government leaders significantly increase the abilities of faculty to deliver current information in the classroom and that they build important bridges between the academic community and our external constituencies.

    We encourage professional and service endeavors that strengthen relationships with the broader academic community — collaborative activities within this University, interaction with other universities, and involvement in professional organizations.

  • Strategic Plan

    2020 Strategic Plan

    Strategic Goal One: Education for Life

    STRATEGIES

    1. Integrate high impact experiential opportunities into COB programs
    2. Provide quality resources to promote academic and professional success of students
    3. Make data driven and stakeholder responsive changes to curricula, learning goals, and programs     
    4. Improve diversity in the College of Business.


    Strategic Goal Two: Innovation in All We Do

    STRATEGIES

    1. Provide systematic and strategically-focused professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
    2. Promote and facilitate broader implementation and usage of technology assets in the COB curriculum
    3. Recognize, incentivize, and publicize faculty and student accomplishments and reputation enhancing activities 

     

    Strategic Goal Three: Exceptional Stewardship

    STRATEGIES

    1. Promote faculty, staff, and alumni giving
    2. Improve effectiveness and transparency of resource allocation processes


    Strategic Goal Four: Engagement for Impact

    STRATEGIES

    1. Increase civic and community engagement
    2. Increase business and professional engagement
  • Accreditation

    AACSB Accredidation SealThe college's undergraduate, MBA, and accounting programs are each accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). For more than a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education and has been earned by only 5 percent of the world's schools offering business degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher Quality and Distinction in Business Education. College of Business has successfully met the standards that require excellence in areas relating to teaching, research, curricula development; student learning; strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; and academic and professional engagement.

  • Code of Ethics

    The College of Business
    Faculty, administration, staff, and students in the College of Business at Tennessee Technological University are guided by the core values of honesty, personal integrity, respect for others, and business professionalism. To elucidate and underline the importance of these core values, all members of the College of Business at Tennessee Technological University agree to commit themselves to the following code of ethics. By code of ethics we mean a set of principles or values that we believe should govern our actions and behavior in our dealings with each other and the business community. Our code of ethics is meant to provide for mutual respect among the members of the academic community and to assure the success of our College’s academic mission.


    Faculty, Administration, and Staff Code of Conduct
    As a fundamental part of its mission, the College of Business recognizes the importance of preparing our students to become "ethical business leaders." The same concern for ethics and ethical behavior extends to our faculty, administration, and staff. In particular, the university presumes that "the classroom instructor, by virtue of the University's decision to hire him/her in an instructional capacity, is assumed to be an ethical person dedicated to the maintenance of high professional standards." Our code entails certain minimum obligations. Among those obligations, in accordance with Faculty Handbook guidelines, we expect our faculty, administration, and staff1 to:

    • Accommodate diversity by refraining from discrimination or harassment based on age, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or political belief.

    • Conduct classes in a manner that encourages the free flow of ideas between faculty and students, while being consistent with the goals of the class.

    • Provide a classroom setting where critical treatment of material that fosters ethical, or normative, thinking about issues is consistent with the goals of the class.

    • Maintain integrity and honesty in their personal research and teaching.

    • Maintain a professional approach in all relationships with students.

    • Practice disclosure in their use of institutional resources and outside institutional activities involving financial or in-kind remuneration.

    • Refrain from knowingly making false or malicious statements affecting students, faculty, colleagues, or administration.

    • Refrain from falsifying facts relating to his or her academic or professional qualifications.

    • Recognize and follow all copyright laws on articles, textbooks, computer software, etc.

    • Neither offer nor accept gratuities, gifts, or favors that might impair the professional judgment, damage the reputation, or result in personal gain of the faculty member or others.

    • Support students rights to privacy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act by maintaining the confidentially of academic records and private communications.


    Student Code of Conduct
    Students will not engage in or condone academic deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation, such as:

    • Receiving or using unauthorized or prohibited information, resources or assistance on an examination or assignment.

    • Committing plagiarism (see student handbook) on any examination or assignment.

    • Submitting another person’s work, in whole or in part, as the student’s own work.

    • Submitting an examination or assignment that the student has previously submitted for credit in another course, without express approval from the professor in each of the courses.

    • Damaging or misappropriating any college property or resources, including technology.

    Along with others in the College of Business, students are encouraged to monitor suspected violations of the Tennessee Technological University College of Business Student Code of Conduct, as defined herein.

    The process for dealing with alleged violations can be found in Tennessee Tech Policy No. 217 (Student Academic Misconduct Policy) found at Policy Central.


    1Obligations that affect classroom instruction would apply only to those who teach.

    Faculty, Administration, and Staff Code of Conduct

  • Chairs of Excellence

    Jesse E. Owen Chair of Excellence

    The J.E. Owen Chair is dedicated to the discovery and validation of new knowledge regarding the use and management of new technology, particularly information technology, in a wide variety of areas including manufacturing, health care, and financial services.

    Learn more about Jesse E. Owen Chair of Excellence

    Mayberry Chair of Excellence

    The mission of the W.E. Mayberry Chair of Excellence is to increase awareness and enhance the development of quality and quality-related practices in business and education on a local, state, and national level. 

    Learn more about Mayberry Chair of Excellence

     

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