Research Topics

“Since the program began welcoming students in 1987, the vast majority of our 215 Ph.D. alumni have placed at research institutions and embarked on successful academic careers. Some are chaired professors at top research universities where they carry out impactful research, serve the broader research community by being on the editorial boards of premier research journals, and mentor the next generation of researchers.”

– Sulin Ba, Associate Dean of Research, from “A Message From The Associate Dean of Research”

The School of Business encourages and fosters a rich research-oriented environment for faculty and doctoral candidates. Students can choose from a variety of topics reflecting the varied research interests of our faculty. The Ph.D. Program is intended to prepare students to conduct original research; i.e., to explain phenomena previously not well understood and then to test proposed explanations empirically.


  • Value relevance of accounting information
  • Valuation
  • Earnings management
  • Accounting conservatism
  • Book-tax differences
  • Tax policy
  • Taxes and business decisions
  • Uncertain tax positions
  • Economics-based accounting
  • Initial Public Offerings
  • Securities regulation in international capital markets


  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Real options
  • Risk management
  • Financial intermediation
  • IPO’s
  • Event studies in Finance and Real Estate
  • Market frictions and asset pricing
  • House price indices
  • Real Estate market analysis
  • Capital structure
  • Mutual funds
  • Healthcare finance


  • Corporate alliances and networks
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Long horizon investments
  • Real options
  • Human capital and top management teams
  • Family firms and venture capitalists
  • Team processes and effectiveness
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Leadership
  • Gender and diversity in the workplace
  • Work and family
  • International expansion
  • Learning processes
  • Managerial ethics
  • Cross-cultural behavior
  • Employee attachment to organizations
  • Training effectiveness


  • Consumer judgment
  • Consumer attitudes and inferences
  • Information search
  • Cross-cultural consumer behavior
  • Brands and branding
  • Buyer-supplier relationships
  • Digital and social media marketing and analytics
  • Online retailing and channel design
  • Competitive marketing strategy
  • Network effects
  • Pricing dynamics
  • Customer relationship management
  • Cross-category and cross-media marketing
  • Social interactions and peer effects

Operations & Information Management

  • Auction theory and applications
  • Database design and security
  • Database management
  • Distributed computing and client/server technology
  • Electronic commerce
  • Economics of information and information systems
  • Healthcare information systems
  • Management of technology
  • Manufacturing systems, planning and strategy
  • Supply chain management
  • and More