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More than outstanding teachers, the College of Business faculty include internationally recognized researchers and thought leaders in their fields. Our faculty engage in relevant, impactful research that yields important insights into the complex problems facing businesses today. Their research advances both the science and practice of their business disciplines.

Through their research, our faculty members model intellectual curiosity and problem-solving. Known for their dedication to teaching, our faculty leverage their research insights in the classroom to provide an enriched learning experience.

Department Spotlight: Management

Here are two recent research highlights from the Management Department.

  • Dr. Amy Taylor-Bianco, Associate Professor of Management, examines leadership, gender, and change, across cultures and levels of organizations with an interest in how leaders and their teams influence organizational decisions and outcomes. Dr. Taylor-Bianco’s recent article, published in the Journal of Business Venturing and co-authored with Ikenna Uzuegbunam of Howard University and Seemanti Pathak and Brandon Often of UMSL’s College of Business. This mixed-gender research team gathered data from social venture accelerators worldwide to examine the impact of all male, all female and mixed-gender founding teams across tight and loose cultures. They found that mixed-gender teams in tight cultures were able to be successful with a hybrid social-commercial approach, but not defying social norms. While a great deal of research finds that women entrepreneurs don’t fare as well as their male counterparts, it may be that gender diverse teams outpace all single gender teams.
  • Dr. Khurrum Bhutta, Professor of Operations Management, researches operations and lean management in small and medium enterprises. His article, published in the Journal of Manufacturing and Technology Managementproposes that Lean and Agile Manufacturing, along with management, internal infrastructure, and common external infrastructure practices, have a positive and complementary effects on firm performance. The study shows that Lean and Agile Manufacturing complementarity is a complete organizational synergistic phenomenon and piecemeal implementation of these initiatives may generate suboptimal results. This study provides insights for manufacturing managers, including that piecemeal implementation of Lean and Agile Manufacturing does not yield optimal outcomes. The study also suggests that because Lean and Agile Manufacturing complementarity builds on a strong foundation of strategic management and internal and external infrastructure, managers should focus on developing human resources, technological advancements, and learning and virtually integrated organizations for effective implementation of Lean and Agile Manufacturing.

Special Merits and Accomplishments

  • Dr. Adam Rapp, Ralph and Luci Schey Professor of Sales, received the 2022 Ohio University Presidential Research Scholar award, which recognizes faculty members who have garnered national and international prominence in research, scholarship and creative activity and who demonstrate clear promise for continued, significant productivity in their research/creative activity. Dr. Rapp, who is recognized as a top scholar in his field, has published 70 peer-reviewed articles and three books on topics relating to sales management, the sales/service interface, and the application of sales technologies, and has received multiple international awards recognizing his research contributions to these areas.
  • Dr. Ehsan Ardjmand, Associate Professor of Business Analytics, received a patent for his technology for optimizing automated inventory management, entitled, “Decision Support for Optimizing the Unit Identified Stocking Decision [PDF].”  
  • Dr. Liz Wanless, Assistant Professor of Sport Administration, was featured in a panel at Sport Analytics Japan in association with the Japan Sports Analyst Association, for her research on the diffusion of natural language processing in professional sport.
  • Dr. Jacob Hiler, Fox Associate Professor of Marketing, was named as the 45th Miura Visiting Professor. In Spring 2023, he will be traveling to Japan to work alongside Chubu’s Business Administration and Management Synthesis department to conduct research, engage with Chubu students, and explore new academic programming opportunities. 
  • Several College of Business faculty members accepted new editorial roles. Luke Pittway, O’Blenness Professor of Entrepreneurship, is joining the editorial boards of the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development as well as the Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. Additionally, David Brown was appointed to the Editorial Board for the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition
  • Rob Foehl, Executive-in-Residence for Business Law and Ethics, was quoted on “Employers Face a High-Stakes Gamble on the Return to the Office.  Is it Worth the Risk?” and “How Employers Can Handle Worker Who Don’t Want to Return to the Office” in The Business Journals.

Research Grant Recipients 

The following members of the College of Business faculty received research seed grants from the Intellectual Contributions Continuous Improvement Team (ICCIT) for 2021-2022. Each recipient will make at least one presentation as part of the College of Business’ Research Colloquia series:

  • Shea Burden (Assistant Professor of Accounting) and Aaron Wilson (Associate Professor of Accounting) received a College of Business research grant: “Are MBA Students a Good Proxy for Creditors?”
  • Grigorios Livanis (Associate Professor of Management) and Mike Geringer (Professor of Management) received a College of Business research grant: “Multinationality-Leverage Puzzle for Innovative Firms”
  • Adam Rapp (Professor of Marketing) received a College of Business research grant:  “Understanding the Implications of the Multidimensional Aspects of Stretch Goals: Difficulty and Work Novelty”
  • Tammy Rapp (Associate Professor of Management) received a College of Business research grant: “Multiple Team Memberships: A Contextualized Examination of Work-Related Strains and Turnover Intentions”

Research-Focused Faculty Awards

2022

  • Sinan Gokkaya: Excellence in Intellectual Contributions
    • This award recognizes outstanding intellectual contributions in both qualitative and quantitative publications.
  • Luke Pittaway:  Research Mentor Award
    • The Research Mentor Award is given to faculty members who have demonstrated a willingness to serve as a mentor to colleagues seeking to launch or improve scholarship and intellectual contributions or to support undergraduate and graduate research theses, projects, and related activities.

2021

  • Liz WanlessExcellence in Intellectual Contributions  
    • This award recognizes outstanding intellectual contributions in both qualitative and quantitative publications.
  • Ehsan Ardjmand and Grigorios Livanis: Research Mentor Award
    • The Research Mentor Award is given to faculty members who have demonstrated a willingness to serve as a mentor to colleagues seeking to launch or improve scholarship and intellectual contributions or to support undergraduate and graduate research theses, projects, and related activities.
  • Tammy Rapp: Research Impact Award
    • The College of Business Research Impact Award recognizes faculty members who have distinguished themselves as thought leaders in their discipline or profession on a national or global level. Recipients of this award are able to clearly demonstrate that their body of research and leadership has had an impact on one or more of the following: academic research, student learning, executive education, consulting, and the positive role of business on society and the economy.

2020

  • Tammy Rapp: Excellence in Intellectual Contributions
    • This award recognizes outstanding intellectual contributions in both qualitative and quantitative publications.
  • Aaron Wilson: Research Mentor Award
    • The Research Mentor Award is given to faculty members who have demonstrated a willingness to serve as a mentor to colleagues seeking to launch or improve scholarship and intellectual contributions or to support undergraduate and graduate research theses, projects, and related activities.
  • Nick Panagopolous: College of Business Research Impact Award
    • The College of Business Research Impact Award recognizes faculty members who have distinguished themselves as thought leaders in their discipline or profession on a national or global level. Recipients of this award are able to clearly demonstrate that their body of research and leadership has had an impact on one or more of the following: academic research, student learning, executive education, consulting, and the positive role of business on society and the economy.

2019

  • Dr. Adam Rapp: Excellence in Intellectual Contributions
    • This award recognizes outstanding intellectual contributions in both qualitative and quantitative publications.
  • Dr. J. Michael (Mike) Geringer: Research Mentor Award
    • The Research Mentor Award is given to faculty members who have demonstrated a willingness to serve as a mentor to colleagues seeking to launch or improve scholarship and intellectual contributions or to support undergraduate and graduate research theses, projects, and related activities.
  • Dr. Jacob Lee Hiler: Research Mentor Award
    • The Research Mentor Award is given to faculty members who have demonstrated a willingness to serve as a mentor to colleagues seeking to launch or improve scholarship and intellectual contributions or to support undergraduate and graduate research theses, projects, and related activities.
  • Dr. Luke Pittaway: College of Business Research Impact Award
    • The College of Business Research Impact Award recognizes faculty members who have distinguished themselves as thought leaders in their discipline or profession on a national or global level. Recipients of this award are able to clearly demonstrate that their body of research and leadership has had an impact on one or more of the following: academic research, student learning, executive education, consulting, and the positive role of business on society and the economy.