Research by Carson College faculty fuels the commercialization of new ideas. It brings cutting-edge theory and practice into the classroom. It opens doors to academic careers for graduate students.
High scholarly productivity
The Carson College regularly ranks in the top 100 national and international research universities with regard to research output in leading business discipline journals (UT Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Rankings).
Areas of research strength
Behavioral business research
Research conducted by Carson College faculty seeks to understand the antecedents, processes, and consequences of behaviors, actions, cognitive/affective processes, and decision making associated with the various stakeholders of firms.
The Center for Behavioral Business Research offers a fully outfitted facility for conducting behavioral studies.
Corporate governance, ethics, and stakeholder relations
Studies seek greater insight into strategies for effectively managing stakeholder relations and, when necessary, mitigating and/or preventing damage to these relationships due to adverse social and environmental consequences of business decisions. Discoveries may address the challenge of sustaining and regaining public trust in business and government.
Global dimensions of business
Today’s business world is global in both scope and impact. Firms of all sizes are affected by broad global business trends, even if they do not directly operate in international markets. International commerce in the Pacific Northwest spans a vast range of industries: apples, airplanes, and more.
Faculty in the Carson College actively conduct research with partners in other nations. Many investigate cross-border business activities of multinational enterprises. Their research considers how institutional, financial, and cultural contexts affect cross-border trade and investment activities of such firms.
Research by academic department
Each academic department within the college pursues a robust research agenda.
- Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship
- Marketing and International Business
- Finance and Management Science
- Hospitality Business Management
Recent grants awarded
The Ph.D. program offers many opportunities for interdisciplinary research. More than 95% of graduates from the Carson College Ph.D. program accept faculty positions at schools requiring research productivity for tenure and promotion.
Learn about exciting doctoral research presented by the top three 2015 Three-Minute Thesis Competition winners.
The college offers motivated undergraduate students the opportunity to work on business research projects. Students develop research skills that make them attractive candidates to employers worldwide.
Learn more about undergraduates Jessica Murray and Rebecca Ly, who received top awards in the 2015 Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) competition.
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