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Research

Discoveries foster academic and economic advances that support enterprises worldwide

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.

Professor John Cullen of the Carson College serves as senior editor for the Journal of World Business.

Research by academic department

Each academic department within the college pursues a robust research agenda.

Recent grants awarded

National Science Foundation

KD Joshi, Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship

“Practical Logic of STEM Career Choice: A Critical Interpretive Approach to Profiling IT Career Pathways of African American…”

Amount: $279,919
Award period: 9/1/2012 to 8/31/2015

Economic Development Administration

Michael Ebinger, College of Business

Economic Development Administration University Center at Washington State University

Amount: $125,000
Award period: 7/1/2012 to 6/30/2013

Economic Development Administration

Michael Ebinger, College of Business

Economic Development Administration University Center at Washington State University

Amount: $125,000
Award period: 7/1/2013 to 6/30/2014

National Science Foundation

KD Joshi, Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship

“Modeling IT Career Choices of Persons With Disabilities: The Case of Military Personnel and Veterans”

Amount: $298,382
Award period: 10/15/2012 to 9/30/2015

Student research

Doctoral research

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.

Undergraduate research

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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