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Forging New Ways of Thinking

The problems of our time are complex. They are not confined to one function, academic discipline, type of person, or way of thinking. Finding the right solutions requires integrating thinking across functional, demographic, sectoral, and global boundaries.

The University of Michigan is a truly unique setting for a business school. The research and thinking that takes place across medicine, engineering, law, the social sciences, and more is profound. Ninety-five graduate programs at the University of Michigan are ranked in the top ten nationally1.

Ross faculty are deeply immersed across campus, and Ross teaching and research is renowned for the ways it integrates thinking across disciplines, sectors, and cultures. Through collaborations with units across campus, classroom discussions which incorporate a wide breadth of knowledge, and a truly global presence, we deliver a transdisciplinary, globally focused, and culturally diverse education that challenges students to think in innovative ways.

Ross students emerge as leaders with the skills to collaborate across functions, disciplines, cultures, and geographies, and realize solutions that shape our world.

Tyler Paxton // MBA '11

"Boundary breaking is critical for entrepreneurs. Business doesn't happen in a vacuum, and neither should business education."

While at Ross, Tyler utilized resources and thinking from across the university to launch his startup, Are You a Human. Paxton and his co-founders participated in the Michigan Business Challenge, landed grants from Ross' Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and secured an investment from Ross' student-run Frankel Commercialization Fund. The company also received an award from the College of Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship, and was selected to receive incubation support and resources at TechArb, U-M's student accelerator. Now an established company, Are You a Human is delivering some of the most innovative solutions for the world of e-commerce.

1. U.S. News and World Report, 2012.