Welcome to the Jones School
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. As a proud part of Rice University, it is our mission to uphold a long-standing tradition of excellence in developing principled, innovative thought leaders in global communities. The accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni attest to a unique, invaluable business education experience at the Jones GSB.
The Jones GSB is recognized for the global impact of the thought leadership of both its faculty and graduates in successful startups and innovative corporations. Thought leadership drives individuals, companies, and industries to think differently about how to do business. It drives changes in behavior, creates new opportunities, inspires decisive action, motivates excellence, and represents the best of leaders. Thought leadership starts with an idea, an idea that is communicated and embraced by others. The idea may be generated by faculty research, interactions among students, a case discussion, or a networking event with a provocative speaker. Thought leadership puts the idea into action.
Thought leadership by the faculty is evident in their publications, the quality of their course design, and the excellent learning environments that they create. Jones GSB faculty research productivity in high impact journals is ranked 10th by Business Week and many individuals receive international recognition for their work, such as Bob Hoskisson, who was recently listed among the top 25 researchers in business and economics, Yan Anthea Zhang, who was voted the 2010 Emerging Scholar by the Strategic Management Society; and Jefferson Duarte, whose paper Why is PIN Priced? was selected as the best paper in capital markets and asset pricing by the Journal of Financial Economics Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education.
Our students and graduates demonstrate thought leadership as they create stimulating events such as the Rice Energy Finance Summit, the Dean’s and Executive Lecture Series, and the Women in Leadership Conference. Their thought leadership appears in class discussions, in study groups, in Action Learning Projects, and in Capstone Projects with Community Organizations. As graduates, they put thought leadership into action to shape the world. Many of their stories are told in the Jones Journal, such as Robyn O’Brien ‘98, who pioneered the AllergyKids Foundation; Bethany Haley ‘01 and Robin Tooms ‘04, who both were honored as Houston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40;” Patra Brannon, a student in the Class of 2011 who recently won the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship from Zonta International; and Chris Kreidler ’87, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Sysco Corporation.
At the Jones GSB, we blend a variety of classroom, group, and experiential activities to enhance leadership development. Our students recently ventured out with international trips to China, South America, Mexico, Rwanda, and India, visiting multi-national corporations to gain a global business perspective. The group visiting Rwanda took part in a health technology commercialization project. The Rice Business Plan Competition, which is the world’s largest and richest business plan competition with over $1 million in prizes. Over 400 teams from around the world submitted technology business plans for the competition. The top 42 teams were given the opportunity to present their plans to venture capital investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.
I encourage you to explore this website to learn more about the Jones GSB at Rice University. The school is named in honor of the late Jesse H. Jones, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, head of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, and entrepreneur. The PBS video on Jesse Jones provides inspiration to the school. He led with the power of ideas, demonstrating thought leadership that simultaneously helped his community while helping him grow his businesses.
“Success is measured by the service you render and the character of citizen you make rather than by the amount of money you amass." - Jesse Jones
We take pride in our impact on the local and global community. By developing principled innovative thought leaders, we help to create new businesses, accumulate wealth, contribute intellectual business capital, foster technology commercialization in developing countries and give back to our community in a variety of substantial ways. I invite you to engage in the Jones Graduate School of Business, and I welcome any ideas, comments, or thoughts you may have.
Dean and H. Joe Nelson III Professor of Management