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Poole Initiatives

Poole College is home to six dedicated thought leadership hubs that connect the academy and industry — for everyone's benefit.

Insights and Engagement

At Poole College, our mission isn’t just to teach students and create new knowledge. As the business school of NC State — a public research university that excels at innovation — we have a duty to support business professionals and help them solve real-world problems.

Six initiatives underpin our college’s research strengths, which include business sustainability, entrepreneurship, enterprise risk management, business analytics and the supply chain. For industry, these initiatives are the gateways to everything Poole has to offer: actionable insights, a wealth of engagement opportunities, and a deep well of faculty and student talent.

In short, our thought leadership is your competitive advantage.

Mutual Benefits

Research projects. Semiannual roundtables. Student practicums. Workshops and executive education. There are a host of ways for business leaders to engage with the initiatives. By partnering with us, you can tap some of the brightest faculty and student minds around — and help us bring their research to the wider world.

For students, your engagement with hundreds of corporate partners adds value to your degree and helps launch your career. From consulting with ventures seeking B Corp certification to starting your own through the Entrepreneurship Clinic, our initiatives ensure your Poole College education includes firsthand experience.

Poole Thought Leadership

Expert faculty and researchers from across college generate a wealth of research and insight into every aspect of modern business — as well as practical guidance, advice and tools for modern business professionals.

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Business in Action

Poole College is a bustling hub for engagement, and our initiatives are key to that activity — from an enterprise risk management practicum that gives accounting master’s students real-world experience to holistic entrepreneurship programming that helps budding entrepreneurs bring their startups to the next level.

Below, you’ll get a glimpse at the intersection between the academy and industry.

Twice a year, the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative hosts a gallery walk as a showcase of students’ corporate-partnered practicums with local industry.
As part of the Poole College of Management Virtual Thought Leadership Series, Mark Beasley shared lessons learned around risks businesses are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jessica Thomas, director of the Business Sustainability Collaborative, explains the significance of the B Corporations movement for the broader business landscape.