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Every faculty member in the department has published research findings in the most respected journal in his or her field.

Research highlights

Responding to mistakes in business

Marketing flops and operational disasters can cost companies millions. Professor Chuck Munson, an expert on supply chain management, examines the implications of business mistakes. He identifies lessons to be learned, ways to prevent mistakes, and service recovery efforts. He’s discovered that the ways in which companies react to mistakes can create longer-lasting impact than the mistakes themselves.

Recognition for academic publishing

The quality, frequency and impact of Washington State University professor Gene Lai’s publishing was recognized in a recent article about appearances in academic journals. The study identified major contributing authors to three elite and seven high-impact academic risk management and insurance (RMI) journals over the past 30 and 10 years.


Decision sciences

  • Change point analysis
  • Financial modeling
  • Forecasting
  • Probability and mathematical statistics
  • Quality and process control
  • Statistical methods
  • Stochastic models
  • Time series analysis


  • Econometrics

Operations management

  • Decision support systems
  • International operations management
  • Inventory control
  • Pricing
  • Purchasing
  • Revenue management
  • Supply chain management

Operations research

  • Linear programming


  • Asset pricing models
  • Banking
  • Capital structure
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate investment decision making
  • Financial institutions
  • Financial markets
  • International finance
  • Investments
  • Investor psychology
  • Liquidity management
  • Market efficiency
  • Mergers and acquisitions

Risk management and insurance