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Strategy & Operations

The Haas Dean's Office oversees strategy and operations to further our school's mission. Here you'll find resources and insights about our overall goals and priorities, so you can more easily integrate them into your work. You'll also find information about how we operate and make decisions, to help you navigate our organization.

Note that all documents on this page are available to the Haas community only.


In Spring 2015, Berkeley Haas adopted our new Strategic Business Plan, a five-year roadmap to further our mission of developing leaders who redefine how we do business. Designed to transform strategies into actions, the plan is based on an underlying financial model that will ensure our school stays operationally strong and competitive. It builds on our deep assets: people, place, and culture.

We've already begun to put the plan to work in our FY 2015-2016 unit-level business plans. Here, you'll find a link to the plan, as well as information about why it was developed, and how you can support it with your work. We'll be updating these resources periodically as we continue to integrate the plan throughout our organization.

Please send questions, feedback, comments, ideas, thoughts, etc. to Courtney Chandler, Chief Strategy & Operating Officer/Senior Assistant Dean.

Decision Making & Operations

How do decisions get made at Haas? While the Dean has the right to make a final decision in many cases, it's not always practical. Instead, we've chosen to push decision rights as far into the organization as possible.

We want to be as transparent as possible about who needs to be consulted on which types of decisions, and who gets to make. By providing transparency, we hope that:

  1. Decisions don't feel like they come out of the blue
  2. Everyone feels like they are asked for input on decisions that matter to them
  3. Decisions don't get held up while waiting for someone higher up to weigh in
  4. Everyone understands that while they may provide input, the decision-maker has the final say
  5. Haas leaders can make quality decisions that can be trusted

Decision Making by Topic

  • Academics: Changes to degree programs and course offerings, course staffing, course formats (i.e. digital ed), and changes to high-impact activities by centers and institutes
  • Financial and Business Planning: The annual budget process, mid-year budget changes, and the school-wide strategic business planning process
  • Hiring, Promotions, and Staffing Changes: Filling vacancies, adding new positions, reclassifications, eliminating positions, etc.
  • Space Allocation: Changes to staff and faculty workspaces (i.e. expansions, moves, private offices), as well as classroom and event spaces
  • Committee Roles and Responsibilities: Responsibilities, by-laws, and participants in leadership, staff, and faculty committees

We will add more topics here as we continue this work. Please send any feedback or suggestions about decision rights to Dean's Analyst Susie Jordan.