University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Research and Outreach

Research and Outreach

The rapid advancement of knowledge is critical in today's business environment. This process begins with research. Walton College places high emphasis on faculty research that creates relevant knowledge for business and industry, opens opportunities for students, and serves the communities of Arkansas and the world.

Connections with some of the world's largest corporations have created research opportunities for impact in the retail and transportation industries.

Research Impact

Accounting Research Economics Research Finance Research Information Systems Research Management Research Marketing Research Supply Chain Management Research

Research and Outreach Centers

Walton College faculty collaborate with business, government, and non-profits to identify and address important economic issues through discovery, integration, application and dissemination of knowledge.


Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education

The purpose of the center is to establish an ongoing program in economic education. Examples of specific functions of the center include: Improving on-campus and off-campus instructional programs in economics by developing, providing consultants for schools, research in economic education, etc.

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Center for Business and Economic Research

A public service/outreach organization whose mission is to serve its constituents with unparalleled research support; basic and applied business and economic analysis; timely, relevant business, economic and related public policy information; and other outreach activities.

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Center for Retailing Excellence

The Center for Retail Excellence focuses on research and the development of students as future leaders in the retailing industry. The center, through a strong partnership with the retail and supplier industries, seeks to become one of the foremost nationally acclaimed centers for retail studies.

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Executive Education

Our mission is to serve the training needs of profit and not-for-profit organizations in Arkansas and the nation. Training programs designed to enhance managerial and leadership effectiveness are available for all levels of management and transportation/logistics firms.

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Garrison Financial Institute

The Garrison Financial Institute is an institute organized to advance financial education and knowledge through practice. Its mission is to enhance student learning through experience, foster research that extends and perfects best practices, and contribute to the economic development of the State of Arkansas and the welfare of its citizens.

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Information Technology Research Institute

The Information Technology Research Institute advances the state of research and practice in the development and use of information technology for enhancing the performance of individuals and organizations; provides a forum for multi-disciplinary work on issues related to information technology; promotes student interest in the study of information technology; and facilitates the exchange of information between the academic and business communities.

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Small Business and Technology Development Center

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is a economic development program which provides assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Arkansas via a statewide network of seven offices. As the state's premier business assistance program, the ASBTDC is dedicated to helping small businesses achieve success and to promoting economic development throughout the state.

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Supply Chain Management Research Center

The SCMRC coordinates supply chain research efforts, including transportation, logistics, management, planning, forecasting, marketing and accounting. The center supports seminars and educational programs relevant to supply chain management. The SCMRC also supports initiatives to promote supply chain management awareness, including student recruitment, retention, internships and placement opportunities.

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Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace

The mission of the center is to advance the state of research, practice and education in the field of faith and spirituality in the workplace. Its goal is to expand what is good, humane and effective about leadership and organizations.

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Behavioral Business Research Lab

The BBRL is a world class behavioral business research facility in the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Behavioral researchers use the facility to study a wide variety of business and economic topics including strategic behavior, worker-employer relations, information processing, group problem solving, and decision making under uncertainty.

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McMillon Innovation Studio

Designed to be the first interactive, open-to-the-public university retail lab, the McMillon Innovation Studio is being created to test new technologies and impact the future of retail.

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New & Noteworthy

Venkatesh Honored as Fellow by Association of Information Systems

Venkatesh Honored as Fellow by Association of Information Systems

Viswanath Venkatesh, distinguished professor in the Department of Information Systems and holder of the George and Boyce Billingsley Chair in Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, has been recognized with two major honors by the Association for Information Systems.

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Podcast: Tim Yeager Discusses The Federal Reserve and the Housing and Credit Crises

Podcast: Tim Yeager Discusses The Federal Reserve and the Housing and Credit Crises

Yeager is featured on “Short Talks From The Hill,” a new podcast highlighting research and scholarly work across the University of Arkansas campus.

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EPIC Spotlight: Kristian Allee

EPIC Spotlight: Kristian Allee

Hanging over Kristian Allee’s desk is a dry erase board with a list of potential research projects he scrawled. “I love this stuff,” he says, looking up at the board.

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Farmer Study Accepted by International Review of Law and Economics

Farmer Study Accepted by International Review of Law and Economics

A study by Amy Farmer, a University Professor in the economics department at the Sam M. Walton College of Business and holder of the Margaret Gerig & R.S. Martin, Jr. Chair in Business, has been accepted for publication by International Review of Law and Economics.

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Rosen Study Shows Incivility Begets Incivility in the Workplace

Rosen Study Shows Incivility Begets Incivility in the Workplace

Incivil behaviors at work — put-downs, sarcasm and other condescending comments — tend to have a contagious effect, according to a new study by a management professor at the University of Arkansas and several colleagues.

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Research: Consumer Sentiment Yields Insights Into ‘Flash Sales’

Research: Consumer Sentiment Yields Insights Into ‘Flash Sales’

Annibal Sodero is the lead author in the study, which will be published in the Journal of Business Logistics.

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Gauri Study Accepted for Publication in Management Science

Gauri Study Accepted for Publication in Management Science

A study by Dinesh K. Gauri, a professor in the marketing department at the Sam M. Walton College of Business and holder of the Wal-Mart Chair in Marketing, has been accepted for publication by Management Science.

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Where’s the beef on the loss leader strategy?

Where’s the beef on the loss leader strategy?

New research delves into the numbers to find out if the received wisdom on deep discounting by retailers is justified.

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Brownback Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant for Consumer Research

Brownback Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant for Consumer Research

Andrew P. Brownback, a Walton College assistant professor in economics, has won a $198,940 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a study on ways to encourage people to make healthy food choices while not giving up choice.

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