Four Pillars of Knowledge

What Differentiates the College of Business’ Programs

Whether you are taking courses face-to-face or online, the business programs offered through Concordia Chicago’s College of Business offers a competitive edge as you move forward in your career, both while you are pursuing your degree program and after completion. A distinguishing feature of our business programs is that the curriculum is built upon the Four Pillars of Knowledge: Ethics and Social Responsibility, Critical Thinking and Entrepreneurial Mindset, Communication and Human Relations, and Global Interconnectedness and Inclusiveness.

Four Pillars

Ethics & Social Responsibility

We all can agree that acting ethically is important and that we all have a responsibility to society to act in its best interest.   However, do we know …

  • What is the best way to create management systems to promote ethical and socially responsible behavior within organizations?
  • Do we know how to look at an ethical issue through a global perspective?

Learning how to recognize and resolve ethical issues is an important step in evaluating ethical issues in business and making informed and socially responsible decisions. 

Our commitment to you:

The College of Business goes beyond offering one course in ethics, integrating ethics and social responsibility throughout our course work. This is a distinct advantage for our business students.

Business leaders must understand how the success of their organizations is inextricably linked with broader ethical and social issues, not only within their local community but also on a global scale.  

We prepare business students to serve and lead with integrity, demonstrating ethical and social responsibility to their community, organization, country, and the planet.

Critical Thinking & Entrepreneurial Mindset

Do these words describe your entrepreneurial skills?

  • willingness to take risks
  • possessing a creative way of thinking
  • the ability to lead, understanding value creation
  • openness to diverse ways of thinking
  • the knowledge to critically evaluate opportunity
  • innovativeness
Our commitment to your future: 

At the College of Business, we believe it is vital that students possess the ability to develop an entrepreneurial mindset to solve business problems.

We believe that with a solid foundation of critical and creative thinking skills, students can learn to think entrepreneurially whether they plan to start their own business, work within a family owned business, or climb the corporate ladder.

The ability to think critically and creatively, in order evaluate opportunity, manage risk, and learn from outcomes is integral to sustaining success.

The themes of critical thinking and entrepreneurial mindset are threads within the curriculum that will help you develop a career advantage.  

Communication & Human Relations

The ability to communicate effectively is a hallmark of an effective leader. In all aspects of life, personal and professional, we interact with others. Business leaders and academics alike agree that one of the most frequently cited areas of weakness in managerial practice is in failing to understand the importance of managing human relations. when a human relations problem occurs in the workplace, you can be confident that miscommunication is involved. 

Within the business environment, more problems and conflicts emerge from the inability to communicate. Changes occur and no one takes the time to inform the stakeholders. 

Examples include:

  • Diversity is encouraged, but steps for communicating how to be inclusive are overlooked.
  • Teams are organized but divergent learning and communication styles are not considered. 
  • Multiple generations are working together, yet no consideration is given to differences in work styles and values. 
  • Organizations merge and cultures of each organization clash.

All of these problems can result in decreased morale, low employee retention and loss of productivity. The ability to communicate effectively can give you the competitive edge in your organization.

Throughout the business curriculum, students have opportunities to build their communication skills, learning what effective communication is, and how to maximize their communication style for their professional growth. 

Global Interconnectedness & Inclusiveness

At the College of Business, we believe that embracing diversity and promoting inclusivity in all forms supports good organizational practice and decision-making.

Our commitment to your future:

While global business is reflected in the curriculum, the diversity of our student body is a better representation of our understanding and commitment to global interconnectedness. With students from fourteen different countries, the College is a microcosm of the global marketplace. 

While we are geographically located in River Forest, Illinois we are 10 miles from downtown Chicago, a diverse and multicultural business hub.

Our partnerships with academic institutions and multinational corporations across the globe extend our reach well beyond the borders of Chicago, the Midwest, and the United States. 

We are a local treasure with a 150-year-old history steeped in the tradition of Lutheran education that has emerged and is rapidly growing as a global educational provider preparing today’s leaders for the global marketplace.

Come explore the global focus at Concordia University’s College of Business.