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.

Accounting

  • Accounting standards-setting
  • Analyst forecasts
  • Auditing
  • Corporate financial reporting issues
  • Initial Public offerings
  • Internal control
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Securities regulation in international capital markets
  • Taxes and business decisions
  • Tax policy

Finance

  • Asset pricing models
  • Corporate management behavior
  • Risk management
  • Corporate governance
  • Financial distress and default
  • Credit risk
  • International finance
  • Macro finance
  • Real options
  • Institutional investors
  • Mutual funds
  • Hedge funds
  • Market efficiency
  • Cost of capital
  • Bank competition
  • Culture and finance
  • Environmental impacts on real estate value
  • Capital structure
  • Dividend policy
  • Insurance markets
  • Healthcare finance

Management

  • Teams in organizations
  • Empowerment and empowering leadership
  • Social networks
  • Multi-level theory
  • Strategic entrepreneurship
  • Corporate alliance and networks
  • Learning process
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic human resource management
  • International expansion
  • Long-term decision making

Marketing

  • Big data anlytics, Branding in developed and emerging markets
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Cognitive computing applications
  • Consumer search and decision  making
  • Consumer social networks and social media
  • Creativity, identity and emotions
  • Digital marketing and analytics
  • Digital strategies for customer relationship management
  • E-commerce and online retailing
  • Global citizenship and consumer behavior
  • International marketing
  • Interpersonal social networks and social capital
  • Marketing-finance interface
  • Mobile and digital marketing
  • Sales management and innovation
  • Product design
  • Social interaction and peer effects
  • Quality and innovation

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
  • Telecommunication and network modeling and analysis
  • Applications of operations research and other optimization techniques to areas such as product design, production scheduling, and facility location