About Us

Innovate Sustainably. Lead Responsibly.

About Our College

Interim Dean Yim-Yu Wong

Yim-Yu Wong was appointed Interim Dean of the SF State Lam Family College of Business in June 2018. She has been a long-time member of the College and started as a faculty member in the Department of International Business. From 2000 to 2003 and 2008 to 2016, she served as the Chair of the International Business Department. She then served as the Associate Dean in the College from 2016-2018. As the Interim Dean, Yim-Yu is committed to achieving the College’s mission.

Yim-Yu co-authored a book entitled Global Strategic Management in 2008 and she has published many journal articles. Her research interests include cross-cultural issues, global strategic management, global leadership, and global sustainable human resources management. Yim-Yu has taught in the MBA, MBA for Executives, and BS in Business Administration programs. She was also a visiting professor in several foreign countries. Her teaching interests include global strategic management, global leadership, international business, and various other topics in this discipline.

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Our College

The Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State is a leading institution of business education in the San Francisco Bay Area, with an emphasis on preparing students to succeed in an economy that is global in nature.

Our commitment to sustainable business, diversity, social justice and global partnerships echoes our core philosophy of responsible leadership. As one of the top-ranked public universities, we have been recognized worldwide for our investments in diversity, social responsibility, and visionary academics.

Our Graduate Business Programs, conveniently located at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus in the heart of San Francisco, prepares leaders for careers in the growing innovative industries of the dynamic Bay Area and global marketplace.

Business Administration is the largest undergraduate major at San Francisco State. Approximately 20 percent of the undergraduate students major in business administration. The college confers about 1,200 undergraduate degrees and 225 graduate degrees each year.

Our Vision

We aspire to be one of the best public urban business schools by applying sustainability and ethical perspectives to our understanding of business practice, global leadership, innovation, the economy and society.

Our Mission

We are San Francisco’s public business school. We embrace the area’s rich diversity and provide access to higher education. Our mission is to prepare students for professional success through high quality teaching, innovative and relevant courses, discipline-based and pedagogical scholarship, and engagement with the academic and business communities.

Our Five Strategic Initiatives of the Lam Family College of Business

  • Invest in faculty and academic excellence
  • Invest in our students through scholarships and careers
  • Invest in and leverage our brand to sustain competitive advantages
  • Build corporate connections
  • Friend-raising and fundraising

Our Faculty

Faculty Profiles

Faculty Research Accomplishments

Faculty Job Opportunities

Annual Reports

Lam Family College of Business Annual Report 2017-2018 (pdf)

Lam Family College of Business Annual Report 2016-2017 (pdf)

Lam Family College of Business Annual Report 2015-2016 (pdf)

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AACSB Accreditation

AACSB Accredited logoAccredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International in 1964, the Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State University provides a high quality business education to a diverse learning community through innovative teaching, research, and support. We are one of just five percent of all business schools worldwide that meet the rigorous standards for this accreditation.

To learn why you should only attend a school with AACSB Accreditation, see Why Accreditation Matters.

To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, see AACSB International.

2020 AACSB-International Continuous Improvement Review

The Lam Family College of Business is proud to announce we successfully passed our intensive AACSB-International Continuous Improvement Review. Our AACSB accreditation has been extended for another five years, until 2024.

The AACSB Peer-Review Team visited the Lam Family College of Business from March 1-3, 2020, to undertake our AACSB-International Continuous Improvement Review.

Click here to learn more about AACSB Accreditation and why it matters to our students.

Serving on the Peer-Review Team were: Team Chair Donald R. Andrews, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Business at Southern University, Clifford Allen, Ph.D., Dean and Vergil Miller Professor at Portland State University, and Ann B. Murphy, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business Administration and Professional Programs at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

View the 2020 AACSB-International Continuous Improvement Review Schedule here.

Peer-Review Team

Donald R. Andrews, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Business, Southern University
Peer-Review Team Chair

Clifford Allen, Ph.D.

Dean and Vergil Miller Professor, School of Business Administration, Portland State University

Ann B. Murphy, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Business Administration and Professional Programs, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Other Recognition

  • Aspen Institute Ranked 16th worldwide by the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes for our emphasis on integrating social and environmental stewardship into curricula and research.
  • Princeton Review Ranked 8th by the Princeton Review in the category, Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students.
  • San Francisco State University is ranked one of the 50 Most Transformative Colleges in the USA by Money magazine. Based on a college’s value-add score, which scores graduation rates, earnings, and student loan debt, SF State is ranked # 27 in the 2019 list.
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  • Our Hospitality and Tourism Management program was named one of the 25 Best Colleges for a Bachelor's in Hospitality Management by GradReports. Click to view the full list.
  • Our Master of Science in Accountancy program was ranked by GradReports as #16 on their list of the 25 Best Master’s in Accounting Programs in the U.S.A. based on median salary one year after students graduated. Click to view the full list.