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Faculty Areas of Research and Expertise

  • Dr. Mavis Adjei, chair of the marketing department and associate professor of marketing – Adjei is fluent in six languages. She focuses her research on the development and maintenance of marketing relationships in both traditional brick-and-mortar and internet environments, including how information technology can be used to enhance these relationships. A secondary research stream centers on strategies that can be used by service providers to increase customer retention in both the brick-and-mortar environment and on the internet.
  • Dr. Xiaoxin Wang Beardsley, Hamilton family faculty fellow and associate professor of finance - Beardsley researches market microstructure and the implication of market microstructure on asset pricing and investment. She also focuses on electronic communication networks, exchange traded funds and mutual funds.
  • Dr. Royce Burnett, associate professor of accountancy, and KPMG research professor – Burnett is a CPA, CMA as well as the director of the school of accountancy. He has experience running a successful CPA practice focused on non-profit management. Burnett’s research interests focus on environmental cost management, corporate sustainability and public policy and education. 
  • Dr. Gregory DeYong, assistant professor of management - DeYong teaches in the area of operations management, focusing on computer applications in business, operations management, supply chain management, and advanced operations management. He is a member of APICS (The Association for Operations Management) and of the Decision Sciences Institute and INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences).
  • Dr. John Goodale, associate professor of management – Goodale’s research is focused on workforce scheduling, quality in service operations and operations and small business/entrepreneurship. He teaches courses in operations management and serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Operations Management. In addition, Goodale is an active member of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), Decision Sciences Institute, and INFORMS.
  • Dr. Cheryl Burke Jarvis, professor of marketing – Jarvis researches customer relationships including relationship failure and recovery. She was recently named associate editor of the Journal of Service Research and was named the 2012 “Reviewer of the Year” for the Journal of Service Research. Jarvis is also has the distinction of co-authoring an article on modeling in marketing and consumer research that has been cited over 2,700 times.
  • Dr. Steven Karau, Gregory A. Lee professor of management - Karau teaches courses in organizational behavior and human resources. He conducts research on a range of organizational behavior issues, with a special focus on motivation within groups, team performance, ethical issues in management, gender differences in leadership, and personality. He has published more than 35 articles in a variety of top management and psychology journals. Karau’s research on social loafing was featured in an episode of the primetime ABC News program 20/20. For 20 years, Karau has been studying "social loafing," which is a tendency for people to reduce their efforts when working in a group compared to when they work individually.
  • Dr. Jaehoon Lee, assistant professor of marketing – Lee’s research interests include motivational aspects of self- threats (social exclusion, loneliness), relation of self-threats to symbolic consumption, helping behavior and cognitive process, antecedents and consequence of materialism and status pursuit, and cross and sub-cultural differences (self-concept/identity, social class). He also co-authored a paper about television’s persuasive narratives and how television influences values, attitudes and beliefs. 
  • Dr. Pete Mykytyn, chair and professor of management - Mykytyn’s research focuses on using information systems to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage; the relationship between information systems and the law, with special emphasis on intellectual property (patents, copyrights, and trademarks) as they relate to information systems and electronic commerce and the use of group support systems to improve and support decision making with special interests involving virtual teams.
  • Dr. Ed O’Donnell, Emerson Groennert professor of accountancy - O'Donnell's research examines how people use accounting information to make decisions. His basic research examines how characteristics of the decision maker and variables in the decision environment influence professional judgment and diagnostic reasoning in accounting contexts. O'Donnell's applied research examines ways to improve auditing decisions and develop more effective frameworks for more enterprise risk management and information technology governance.
  • Dr. Marcus Odom, professor of accountancy and Deloitte & Touche faculty fellow – Odom’s research interests include internal auditing, fraud auditing, the impact of new technology on accounting information systems and the behavioral implications of new technology on system users. Odom co-authored a journal article on cyber-slacking in the workplace. 
  • Dr. John M. Pearson, professor of management – Pearson is currently studying team building through technology, the positive and negative impact of internet technology, website design, and organizational decision making as related to technology investment.
  • Dr. Mark Peterson, chair of the department of finance and Gordon & Sharon Teel professor of finance– Peterson’s expertise includes short selling and closed-end funds. Peterson has also served as a visiting economist at the Office of Economic Analysis, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 
  • Dr. Wanli Zhao, associate professor of finance – Zhao has some controversial research on insider trading in supervised industries. His research shows that there is very strong indirect evidence that there is more insider trading within regulated firms than within unregulated firms due to the people involved in the regulatory agencies.