Five things you didn't know about the Faculty of Management

A "Know Your Dal" feature.

- October 22, 2015

Students at work in the Faculty of Management's Bloomberg lab.
Students at work in the Faculty of Management's Bloomberg lab.

The Faculty of Management has gone by a few different names in its history. It was originally established as the Faculty of Administrative Studies in 1975, and then became the Faculty of Management Studies in 1984 before finally taking on its current moniker starting in 1994. It is composed of four schools: the Rowe School of Business, the School of Information Management, the School of Public Administration and the School for Resource and Environmental Studies. Experiential learning is at the heart of all of our programs, with internships, co-ops, corporate residencies, practicums and opportunities for new venture creation providing valuable real-world experiences for students.

Here are some things you might not know about the Faculty of Management.

1. We're more than business

We prepare our graduates to draw on multiple disciplines to solve the complex problems of today's workplaces. Our students can take courses in our four schools: Information Management, Resource and Environmental Studies, Public Administration, and Business. Our BMgmt students can major in subjects such as public sector management, entrepreneurship, knowledge management, and sustainability. Students in five of our graduate programs take Management Without Borders, where they work with peers from other programs to solve real-world problems.

2. Our students are community-oriented

In the past 10 years, students across our faculty have raised over $250,000 for charities with initiatives like Toast to the Coast, Movember, Libraries Without Borders, the Inside Ride, and 5 Days for the Homeless. We also have an annual Day of Caring with the United Way, a Volunteer Income Tax Clinic and a OneMatch registration drive.

3. We're big on big data

Our information managers are rising to the challenge of managing and analyzing the mountains of information out there. Students in our business school get hands on training in business analytics software like Bloomberg and SAP. We have close ties to Dal's Institute for Big Data Analytics: Rowe Business prof Michael Bliemel is on the executive committee. School of Information Management prof Mike Smit was recently part of a team that went through 1.2 million articles in the Chronicle Herald's digital archive to create an accurate picture of flooding in Nova Scotia for the provincie's environment department — a project, Smit says, that will "make it easier for other computer scientists to extract valuable geospatial data from unstructured news articles, no matter what question they're trying to answer."

4. We're decorated with the Order of Canada

Two of our past school directors were Order of Canada recipients. Peter Aucoin in the School of Public Administration was a leading theorist on the practice and reform of the public service, including the governance of the federal cabinet and of political parties. And the School of Information Management's Norman Horrocks, also former Faculty of Management dean, was also inducted into the Order, and was described as "a social networker long before social media."

5. We have research on every continent

The lifecycle effects of the krill fishery in Antarctica. Biodiversity monitoring in Kenya. Facilitating corporate sustainability in Peru. Contributing to Halifax's Urban Forest Master Plan. How immigration to Canada fosters trade links to countries of origin. Our researchers do work locally that has a global reach, and bring research from around the world home to Halifax.

Learn more about the Faculty of Management.

This article is part of "Know Your Dal," a 13-week series highlighting Dal's academic community. For more, including more content to come later this week from the Faculty of Management, visit



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