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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.

Media

Business in the Northwest – 2018 Report

Generational Shopping Trends

Surviving Internet Shopping and Category Killers

Recent Research Coverage

Career development can be an invaluable retention tool — but only if done right

HR Dive

February 20, 2018

New WSU program aims for innovation in senior living

Spokane Journal of Business

February 15, 2018

What Do Millennials Want from Their Wine? – Money Inc.

HR Dive

January 30, 2018

Higher ed MBA programs flex their muscle

University Business

January 22, 2018

Want to Bolster Your New Year’s Resolution? Ask, Don’t Tell

Money Inc.

January 22, 2018

IRS violating privacy laws; must do better

The Hill

January 20, 2018

Hiring Ex-Offenders: Learning From Experience

HR People + Strategy

January 2, 2018

How to Drive Shoppers Back In-Store This Holiday Season

Money Inc.

December 6, 2017

Washington shoppers lose interest in Black Friday shopping

My Northwest

November 27, 2017

3 Ways To Bring Shoppers Back To the Stores For the Holidays

Seattle Business

November 27, 2017

Retailers facing near-death experiences. But they always are and most survive

Bellingham Herald

November 25, 2017

Our View: Less in-store shopping for Black Friday the better

Moscow-Pullman Daily News

November 25, 2017

Retailers facing near-death experiences. But they always are and most survive

The News Tribune

November 25, 2017

Downtown Missoula Partnership encourages local shopping for Small Business Saturday

The Missoulian

November 23, 2017

KGW News at 11

KGW

November 23, 2017

KGW News at Sunrise at 6 AM

KGW

November 23, 2017

KGW News at Sunrise at 4:30 AM

KGW

November 23, 2017

‘Ambassador’ training key to keeping star employees

Spokane Journal of Business

November 22, 2017

WSU survey: Many shoppers to skip Black Friday sales

Spokane Journal of Business

November 22, 2017

Give ex-offenders a second chance this holiday season

The Seattle Times

November 22, 2017

NewsChannel 21 at 6

KTVZ NBC

November 21, 2017

Black Friday Shopping (1)

KXL

November 21, 2017

Black Friday Shopping (2)

KXL

November 21, 2017

Manda Factor & Gregg Herscholt 2

KOMO AM

November 21, 2017

Manda Factor & Gregg Herscholt 1

KOMO AM

November 21, 2017

Survey finds majority of Northwest residents plan to skip Black Friday shopping

Moscow-Pullman Daily News

November 21, 2017

Newsline AM with John Carlson

KOMO AM

November 21, 2017

Newsline AM with John Carlson – KOMO radio

KOMO Radio

November 21, 2017

Montana This Morning

KXLF News

November 21, 2017

Are shoppers losing interest in Black Friday?

KGW

November 21, 2017

KIRO 7 News at 6AM

KIRO News

November 21, 2017

KIRO 7 News at 5AM

KIRO News

November 21, 2017

WSU survey: Two-thirds of Northwest shoppers will stay clear of stores on Black Friday

Wenatchee World

November 20, 2017

Two-thirds of Northwest shoppers steer clear of stores on Black Friday, WSU survey finds

The Seattle Times

November 20, 2017

Are shoppers losing interest in Black Friday?

KING 5

November 20, 2017

Got your game face on for Black Friday? Here’s your cheat sheet

Bellingham Herald

November 19, 2017

Brief: WSU’s researchers find most customers plan to skip Black Friday

Moscow-Pullman Daily News

November 18, 2017

Two-thirds of Northwest shoppers will stay clear of stores on Black Friday, WSU survey finds

The Spokesman Review

November 18, 2017

KIRO 7 News 6:00PM

KIRO 7 News

November 17, 2017

64 percent of Northwesterners plan to skip Black Friday

The Oregonian

November 17, 2017

Best and worst Black Friday buys

TechGuava

November 16, 2017

Most Americans Plan to Shop on Black Friday — Ebates Holiday Survey

Cinema Blaze

November 16, 2017

Filling the STEM Void: Why Veterans are the Answer

Money Inc.

November 16, 2017

Cyber Monday is overtaking Black Friday as shoppers’ favorite day

Q13 Fox News

November 16, 2017

Q13 News This Morning- Black Friday Shopping Survey

Q13 News

November 16, 2017

Q13 News This Morning – 5AM Edition – Black Friday Shopping Survey

Q13 News

November 16, 2017

Q13 News at 5 – Black Friday Shopping Survey

Q13 News

November 15, 2017

Q13 News at 4 – Black Friday Shopping Survey

Q13 News

November 15, 2017

Cyber Monday Tops Black Friday For Holiday Shopping

Bulhufas

November 15, 2017

Shop carefully for best ‘Black Friday’ deals

Current Hollywood

November 15, 2017

See what stores in New Orleans will open on Thanksgiving

Steelers Lounge

November 15, 2017

Most Americans Plan to Shop on Black Friday — Ebates Holiday Survey

SB Dirty South Soccer

November 15, 2017

These Black Friday shopping tips will come in handy

Bab Escapes

November 15, 2017

Black Friday is coming, so buyer beware

Games World Italia

November 15, 2017

See what stores in New Orleans will open on Thanksgiving

234 Vibes News

November 15, 2017

Stores Open On Thanksgiving Day 2017 & Hours

EslForKids

November 15, 2017

Local businesses taking part in Global Entrepreneur Week

Moscow-Pullman Daily News

November 11, 2017

Millennials want to know: What’s in the wine glass?

Vancouver Business Journal

November 3, 2017

What makes an ultra-successful hotel? Look at the GM

Vancouver Business Journal

October 27, 2017

Don’t Set and Forget: Protect Your Personal Info From the Next Breach

Money Inc.

October 3, 2017

Clear social media policies are a must

Spokane Journal of Business

September 28, 2017

The Voices of Hobby Entrepreneurship: Money, Market and Meaning

Money Inc.

September 21, 2017

WSU prof: IRS monitoring social media accounts

Moscow-Pullman Daily News

September 2, 2017

With 10,000 a day reaching age 60, WSU institute to seek answers –

Herald Business Journal

September 1, 2017

More seniors to repurpose; caregivers should prepare

Spokane Journal of Business

August 3, 2017

A Moral Compass For Business

425 Business

August 3, 2017

6 Tips for Giving Voice to Values in the Workplace

Money Inc.

August 2, 2017

Dining with Millennials

Oregon Wine Press

August 1, 2017

Certifiable Benefits

LA Weekly

July 28, 2017

Hiring ex-offenders and moving beyond barriers of stigma

Vancouver Business Journal

July 21, 2017

5 Tips for Picking the Right MBA Program

Money Inc.

July 5, 2017

This summer, leverage the art of strategic hospitality

Vancouver Business Journal

June 20, 2017

For Budding Entrepreneurs, Make the Business Plan Work for You

Money Inc.

June 6, 2017

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