The Management program of the Ateneo is designed to develop in our students the sort of entrepreneurial eye and attitude that will help them to see opportunities where others might see problems, to innovate where others might be contented to simply keep things the same, to say “I will do it” where others might say “I wish someone would do this”. To achieve this, the major curriculum of the program is heavily project-oriented, with an emphasis on experiential and hands-on learning, rather than just classroom based and textbook learning. The centerpiece of the program is a culminating (and integrating) project where students are organized into groups of five or six in senior year and asked to actually run a microbusiness for the entire year. Upon graduation, it is our intention that our students should have the requisite skills in the various business disciplines necessary to efficiently and effectively manage an organization. More importantly, they should have the sort of entrepreneurial attitude and outlook that will help them to be effective change agents, innovators and leaders, whether as founders of their own business ventures, or as managers in small to medium-sized enterprises.
The Honors program in Management has the same educational objectives as the Standard program, but is a more rigorous course targeted at the top 10 percent of all entering students. It will cover essentially the same disciplines as the Standard program, but in greater depth and breadth. Students who have successfully completed the program often find that the discipline, resourcefulness and creativity that they develop in working to meet the program requirements, and the constant drive to achieve their best possible output in all that they do, are the most important things they take with them upon graduation.