University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Outreach Initiatives

Outreach Initiatives

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.

Outreach Initiatives

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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Blockchain Center of Excellence

The Blockchain Center of Excellence will benefit information systems students, as well as others across the Walton College and the University of Arkansas, as they work with the latest developments in the technology and learn and create new applications for startups and established businesses.

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Business Integrity Leadership Initiative

The Sam M. Walton College of Business began the Business Integrity Leadership Initiative in January 2020 to bring a more comprehensive, strategic and influential approach to business ethics for our students and other stakeholders.

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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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Customer Centric Leadership Initiative

The Customer Centric Leadership Initiative promotes thought leadership and ongoing inquiry among scholars, students, business leaders and regulators to address the evolving marketing and customer engagement challenges inherent in an omnichannel, transparent and hyperconnected marketplace through education, research and outreach.

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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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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

SCMRC White Paper Addresses Truck Driver Burnout

SCMRC White Paper Addresses Truck Driver Burnout

The Supply Chain Management Research Center at the Walton College has published the first in its new SCMRC LEAD White Paper Series.

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Gaduh Named Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Affiliated Professor

Gaduh Named Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Affiliated Professor

Arya B. Gaduh, an associate professor in economics at the Walton College, has been invited to join the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab as an affiliated professor.

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Simon and Colleagues Finalist for Scholarly Impact Award

Simon and Colleagues Finalist for Scholarly Impact Award

Lauren Simon, an associate professor in the Department of Management, and her co-authors were finalists for the 2020 Scholarly Impact Award by the Journal of Management.

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Determined Behavior

Determined Behavior

Azat Sadyrov, a research assistant in Walton College’s Behavioral Business Research Lab, is teaming up with Samantha Robinson, teaching assistant professor in the math department, to research behavioral changes due to COVID-19.

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Delery Named Editor-in-Chief of Human Resource Management Review

Delery Named Editor-in-Chief of Human Resource Management Review

John E. Delery, head of the Department of Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, is the new editor-in-chief of Human Resource Management Review. Delery, who holds the Raymond F. Orr Chair in Management, officially assumed the editor-in-chief role Jan. 1. Human Resource Management Review is a quarterly … Continue reading Delery Named Editor-in-Chief of Human Resource Management Review

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EPIC Spotlight: Ahmad Shah Mobariz

EPIC Spotlight: Ahmad Shah Mobariz

It doesn’t happen often, but there are times when ignorance about something changes one’s life trajectory for the better.

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EPIC Spotlight: Qin Weng

EPIC Spotlight: Qin Weng

Qin Weng, associate professor in information systems, know businesses love data, and students want to learn all they can.

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EPIC Spotlight: Sherry Li

EPIC Spotlight: Sherry Li

Sherry Li had one word to say when she first laid eyes on the Walton College’s Behavioral Business Research Lab: “Wow!”

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EPIC Spotlight: Xi Li

EPIC Spotlight: Xi Li

Xi Li doesn’t consider himself to be much of a risk taker – unless a good opportunity presents itself. And those don’t usually happen but every few years.

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