School of Business | Concordia University Irvine

School of Business

Develop the many skills necessary
for your success in the global economy.

Business schools seek out accreditation to obtain quality assurance as an institution of higher learning, as well as to ensure an environment of continuous improvement. Find out how Concordia’s School of Business took learning to a new level by actively involving their students in the IACBE Accreditation process.

Stephen Christensen, Dean of the School of Business

Stephen Christensen,

Purpose. Passion. Creativity. Innovation. Faith. These are some of the qualities fostered in students through their personalized educational experience in Concordia’s School of Business. Our purpose is educating and empowering students for exemplary lives of learning, service and leadership in today’s complex global economy. Our passion is preparing graduates with competency, character, faith and integrity who add value to their employer while excelling in their calling.

Students learn business theory, principles and best practices and they “do” business. By working with companies and organizations, students do business by analyzing and solving complex business problems, creating new plans and ventures while implementing creative solutions. We combine the best of theory and the best of practice, a “learn by doing” experience that drives innovation. I know first-hand the benefits of this practical experience because two of my daughters graduated from Concordia’s business school and are excelling in their careers. I also regularly hear from our alumni and employers about the program’s positive impact.

At Concordia, we live to serve and teach with an unwavering commitment to the highest quality Christian education that transforms the lives of our students. God calls everyone for a purpose. Discover your purpose here.

Please email me if I can be of service,

Charlie Zhang

One of the most valuable experiences Concordia can offer students is to be mentored by experienced, successful Christian entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneur in Residence program is one initiative used to facilitate these mentoring opportunities. The first Entrepreneur in Residence, Charlie Zhang, is a great example of the type of mentor sought.

Faculty Spotlight:
Kim Chatani

Professor Kim Chatani is being named a full-time professor after being an adjunct professor since 2015. To say that Chatani has had an impressive career would be more than just an understatement for all he has accomplished. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Services Auditor (CISA), and a Forensic Certified Public Accountant (FCPA).

He is a published author and expert on the topics of fraud and cyber-security, being interviewed numerous times in various publications including Forbes, Moody’s, and American Banker and speaking on Talk Radio. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at conferences with his knowledge of “Big-4/8” public accounting, consulting in delivering audit, corporate strategy, and risk management services.

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Faculty Spotlight:
Michael Kinnen

Michael Kinnen is an expert in finance with over 20 years' managerial and executive experience in valuation and management consulting; he has 10 years' experience teaching at the university level. Prior to embarking on a career in teaching, Michael served corporate clients as an authority on valuation issues in engagements related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate valuation, capital budgeting, solvency, and restructuring. Michael is also an expert in leadership development, is actively involved in instructional design, learning program development, and performing leadership assessments for Fortune 50 companies. Before being named a full-time professor, Kinnen served as an adjunct professor at the School of Business for four years.

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