Business has no boundaries, it is cross-disciplinary. Expert faculty from Oakland’s School of Business Administration have long recognized the importance of examining cross-disciplinary and societal issues through the business lens. Oakland business faculty members consistently publish their research in high-level academic journals on topics that advance the understanding of critical issues. In addition to providing insight to fellow academics, their research offers actionable data for professionals and influences classroom discussions.
Oakland University School of Business Administration Research Pillars
Studies topics such as cognitive-based models to learn written English, data analytics, performance and HR, predicting firm failure in the software industry, and data flow and distributed deep neural networks.
Osman Aydas, Venu Balijepally, Seong Yeon Cho, Jaemin Kim, Pratik Kothari, Yazan Roumani and Vijayan Sugumaran
Studies topics such as stock price crash risk.
Seong Yeon Cho, Qunfeng Liao, Robert Nehmer, Sha Zhao and Ellen Zhu
Studies topics such as behavioral agency theory, prospect theory and decision-making heuristics.
Ranadeb Chaudhuri, Michael Greiner, Austin Murphy and Steve Stanton
Studies topics such as integration of Blockchain and ontology mapping in health care.
Eralda Caushaj, Robert Nehmer and Ramandeep Kaur Sandhu
Studies topics such as operations research methods applied to the solution of business problems.
Henry Aigbedo, Osman Aydas, Venu Balijepally, Xiaodong Deng, Mark Isken, Robert Nehmer, Yaman Roumani, Yazan Roumani and Ronald Tracy
Studies topics such as psychological processes underlying how consumers make decisions and how firms strategically use the marketing toolbox to influence consumer choices.
Xiaodong Deng, Brandon Gustafson, John Kim and Steve Stanton
Studies topics such as executive compensation, corporate financing policies, initial public offerings (IPOs) and seasoned equity offerings (SEOs), analyst forecasts and recommendations.
Seong Yeon Cho, Pratik Kothari, Hong Qian, Yin Yu-Thompson and Ellen Zhu
Studies topics such as agency theory, corporate social responsibility and corporate political activity, environmental performance-financial performance nexus and triple bottom line phenomenon.
Henry Aigbedo, Seong Yeon Cho, Michael Greiner, Joy Ruihua Jiang, Jaemin Kim, Junwoo Kim, Qunfeng Liao, Hong Qian, Jennifer Cordon Thor, T.J. Wharton, Sha Zhao and Ellen Zhu
Studies topics such as privacy in digital communications.
Xiaodong Deng, Eralda Caushaj, Yaman Roumani and Ramandeep Kaur Sandhu
Studies topics such as impact of social media as an additional marketing channel.
Malika Chaudhuri, Xiaodong Deng, Brandon Gustafson, John Kim and Steve Stanton
Studies topics such as applications of semiparametric/nonparametric regression, panel data models, spatial models, and time series models including structural Vector Auto Regression (VAR) models, Proxy-VAR models, testing for asymmetries in the transmission of shocks, and GARCH models for measuring uncertainty.
Zeina Alsalman, Man Jin, Ronald Tracy and Shunan Zhao
Studies topics such as innovation strategy, new product design, development, market launch, corporate entrepreneurship (intrapreneurship), technology spillovers and technology transfer.
Malika Chaudhuri, Xiaodong Deng, Jae Kang, Yan Ling, Jonathan Silberman and Janell Townsend
Studies studies topics such as stock returns, equity premium, energy shocks and financial markets, voluntary disclosures, money demand, earnings quality and earnings management.
Zeina Alsalman, Malika Chaudhuri, Seong Yeon Cho, Man Jin, Junwoo Kim, Qunfeng Liao, Anandi Sahu, Yin Yu-Thompson, Ronald Tracy, Sha Zhao and Ellen Zhu
Studies topics such as simulation and optimization modeling of health care systems, open-source occupancy analysis, the strategic use of staffing and scheduling policies to address patient demand and data-driven dashboard implementation.
Osman Aydas, Venu Balijepally, Mark Isken and Yazan Roumani
Studies topics such as strategic planning for IT investments, and building and sustaining an organization’s management information system.
Venu Balijepally, Eralda Caushaj, Mohammad Dadashzadeh and Xiaodong Deng
Studies topics such as international trade, trade policy, foreign direct investment, internationalization, market entry, global brand architecture, international marketing and international strategy.
Joy Ruihua Jiang, Steven Liu, Kasaundra Tomlin, Janell Townsend and Xie Zhu
Studies topics such as leadership during the organizational change, promoting employees’ innovative behavior, entrepreneurial passion, multilevel analysis and maintaining respect for people.
Caitlin Demsky, Gene Fliedner, Michelle Hammond, Hanna Kalmanovich-Cohen, Jae Kang and Yan Ling
Studies topics such as implications of marketing activities on the financial performance of the firm.
Studies topics such as lean, supply chain management, interorganizational relationship management, quality management, scheduling and mechanism design.
Henry Aigbedo, Osman Aydas, Junhyun Bae, Gene Fliedner, Steven Liu, , Ram Orzach and T. J. Wharton
Studies topics such as meta-analysis, moderated multiple regression and text analysis.
Xiaodong Deng, Tammy Grace, Michael Greiner, Chuck Pierce and Greg Thrasher
Studies topics such as government policies in business and related areas that impact society and subgroups.
Timothy Hodge, Ram Orzach, Anandi Sahu and Jonathan Silberman
Studies topics such as REITs, climate change related issues, real estate mutual fund performance, housing affordability, property taxation (e.g., property tax assessments, property tax equity, taxable value caps and their unintended effects, property tax delinquency and foreclosure processes), and land valuation including amenity/disamenity effects.
Timothy Hodge, Pratik Kothari, and Jennifer Cordon Thor
Studies topics such as competitive balance in sports leagues.
Michael Greiner, Jaemin Kim, Cynthia Miree, Greg Thrasher and Kenneth York
Studies topics such as supply chain design, procurement processes, transportation and distribution, supply chain risk and resilience, and mass customization.
Henry Aigbedo, Osman Aydas, Junhyun Bae and Xiaodong Deng
Studies topics such as recovery from work demands, workplace relationships, workplace mistreatment, employee stress, stress management interventions and work-family conflict.
Caitlin Demsky, Xiaodong Deng, Gene Fliedner, Michelle Hammond, Hanna Kalmanovich-Cohen, Chuck Pierce and Steve Stanton
Studies topics such as workplace romance and sexual harassment in organizations, test bias in the selection of human capital, and workplace mistreatment.
Caitlin Demsky, Chuck Pierce, Steve Stanton, Jennifer Cordon Thor and Greg Thrasher
Through his research into the impact of the pandemic on the hospitality industry, Henry Aigbedo, Ph.D., associate professor, production operations management, gained a clear understanding about how companies can position themselves to successfully respond and operate during a crisis.
Through his professional expertise and his research interests in corporate political activity (CPA), corporate social responsibility (CSR), stewardship theory, and agency theory, Assistant Professor Michael Greiner’s research work focuses on practical insight that can help businesses large and small plan for success.
Emerging technologies transform the way the world works. Robert Nehmer, Ph.D., professor of accounting and finance, has dedicated his research to examining the effects and applications of technology in accounting and auditing. For example, he has investigated how apps are freeing business professionals and small-business owners from mechanized work, allowing them to focus on growth and innovation.
Management Professor Gregory Thrasher studies the psychology of leadership, diversity and work-life balance. His aging-at-work research highlights the efficacy of using the more tailored approach, offering employees a reasonable amount of autonomy to craft their own work roles.
Oakland University Assistant Professor of Management Michelle Hammond, Ph.D, has spent much of her career focused on the process of leadership development, including how people grow to become confident individuals who are comfortable taking the reins, whether on the job, in their communities or in their own homes.
An analysis by Dr. Ravi Parameswaran, Ph.D., professor of marketing at the Oakland University School of Business Administration, shows how marketing can help organizations strategically transition from environmentally aware to genuinely sustainable by leveraging marketing’s unique dual role within organizations: function and business orientation.
A recent study by Xiaodong Deng, Ph.D., professor of management information systems at Oakland University’s School of Business Administration, examined how empowering chronic disease sufferers to use information technology could help them better manage their illnesses.
In a recent study, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Oakland University Jae Kang, Ph.D., examined the relationship between CEOs and managers by comparing transformational versus transactional leadership styles. The study focused on relatively small and young organizations that had innovative managers in an entrepreneurial organizational setting. View the full story here.
In a recent study Ranadeb Chaudhuri, PhD, found that the performance of investment products managed by firms where asset managers hold Ph.D.s is superior to that of products managed by similar firms that do not hire Ph.D.s. However, talent trumps training when it comes to the success of Ph.D. money managers. Innate ability matters more than field specific training among asset managers holding a doctorate degree.
Oakland University assistant professor of management Caitlin Demsky, Ph.D., is studying how workplace aggression, whether physical or psychological, is making employees stressed, sick and unhappy. It’s also spilling over into personal lives, creating work-family conflicts. She offers actions to help individuals and organizations address this.
In his research paper, Timothy Hodge, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, observes that Neighborhood Enterprise Zone homebuyers do not often reap the financial benefits associated with the program.
This center focuses on advancing interdisciplinary collaborative research and technology solutions by leveraging the partnerships and resources of the university. With strong research and scholarly direction, the center provides opportunities for student research and internships. Integration with the University’s incubators and their business connections serves as a strong nexus in engaging the community. Through community partnerships, the Center assists in providing solutions, training and talent.
Co-Director: Xiaodong Deng, Ph.D., MIS professor
Through its collaborative approach, this center facilitates multidisciplinary data science research. The center combines the expertise of scientists from biological and biomedical sciences, and researchers in mathematics/statistics, engineering, business and finance. These experts use cutting-edge analytics, informatics and computing methodologies to conduct research and develop innovative solutions to address high-impact problems across disciplines. Experts are also available to consult with external industries and businesses. The research focus is on healthcare operations analytics, industrial and financial analytics, genome and evolutionary biology research, sensor networks and the internet of things. The center also partners closely with industry and other institutions to address current and trending issues.
Co-Director: Vijayan Sugumaran, Ph.D., MIS professor and chair, Decision Information Systems