Our strategic plan guiding us towards greater influence, innovation, and engagement for the advancement of business, education, and society at large.
Created to serve as the world’s first, finest and most influential business school, Wharton is an academic institution full of potential and without equal. Joseph Wharton’s founding vision of using analytical expertise to produce well-rounded leaders to drive societal progress remains our ethos. As we continue our quest for positive global impact, the Wharton Way serves as our philosophical North Star – rooted in our history of distinctive contributions while also highlighting our immense potential towards an endless pursuit of excellence.
From our genesis, Wharton has been grounded in ideals that guide our efforts. The Wharton Way continues these ideals, referencing them as foundational principles underscoring our many efforts. We honor our analytical roots by applying a data-informed perspective to identify underlying causes and possible answers to pressing questions. We leverage our breadth and depth of knowledge to reimagine possibilities of a local nature, then go further by scaling our solutions for entities and communities far beyond campus. And we lean into our reputation as a leading global institution to unite different perspectives to champion equitable outcomes and far-reaching change.
Our storied history, substantial knowledge, and successful graduates mean Wharton’s ability for global impact is limitless. The Wharton Way is how we will direct that limitless potential for meaningful progress. By identifying three areas of focus, or lenses, our strategic plan points our resources, talent and attention in ways best capable of catalyzing change. Through the elevation of our research, we will disseminate new ideas to the business community in places where it is needed most. In keeping with our legacy of pedagogical innovation, we will reinvigorate the learning experiences of our students, reaching K-12 youth to C-suite leaders in the manner that best serve their needs. And from our firm belief in the power of collaboration across divides, we will remove limiting boundaries by convening experts from an array of disciplines to ideate holistic solutions for global success.
Wharton’s legacy as an analytical research powerhouse is undisputed within academic circles. So how can we leverage that reputation to ask and answer the questions most salient to the broader business community? Elevating our research impact means wielding our influence to benefit more people in more places for more outcomes.
OUR SUCCESS WILL ALLOW US TO:
As the original authors of business education, Wharton is best equipped to lead innovation for the business school of the future. From our unmatched programs for high school youth to our unparalleled experiences for global executives, our knowledge of what’s next lets us teach for the needs of tomorrow. Innovating through our pedagogy means being the catalyst for perpetual progress in academia, business, and beyond.
OUR SUCCESS WILL ALLOW US TO:
Throughout our 140+ year legacy of success, Wharton has pursued outcomes where the sum can be greater than its parts. From this perspective, we’ve built an array of multi-faceted partnerships spanning academic backgrounds and industry foci. Collaborating across disciplines and divides means serving as the primary convener of thought leaders to share perspectives, tackle challenges, and produce solutions that benefit us all.