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Human vs. Artificial Intelligence

ASPIRE 2025 Strategic Vision

We believe…

At the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution of cyber-physical systems, which Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum described as “...a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres,” purpose-driven leaders will be required to:

  1. Leverage and celebrate the distinctiveness of humanness (ethical and spiritual values, creativity, sense-making, judgment, framing, inspiration and visioning, storytelling, synthesis, collaboration, trust building, diversity of thought)
  2. Evolve competence as intelligent leaders to encompass analytical reasoning, digital know-how, heightened business acumen, mindfulness, and interpersonal skills
  3. Incubate new combinations of humanity and machine to pioneer innovative business ideas, models, and solutions

We at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School are committed to leading the changes required across faculty, curriculum, pedagogy, and modalities to effectively prepare such leaders. To date, we have made some important steps in this direction through launching a successful MS in Business Analytics degree; however, other broad-based and cross-disciplinary initiatives are also needed.

To this end, we will:

  1. Engage our students in a crowd-sourced communication initiative to gather insights on learning needs
  2. Commission a faculty workgroup to study the impacts and implications of the fourth industrial revolution on business higher education and to deliver comprehensive recommendations by Q3 2018 for reformation and implementation at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School within the 2020–21 academic year

Strategy Phases

Strategy phases