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

Walton Research: Some Private Equity Firms Increase Employment Following Buyouts

Walton Research: Some Private Equity Firms Increase Employment Following Buyouts

The private equity industry has grown rapidly over the past 25 years. With this growth, private equity firms have increased their involvement in politics, which many view as controversial.

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Gaduh Co-Authors Column on How Intergroup Contact Can Foster Nation-Building

Gaduh Co-Authors Column on How Intergroup Contact Can Foster Nation-Building

Arya Gaduh, an assistant professor in the economics department at the Walton College, is the co-author of a column on how intergroup contact can foster nation-building.

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Brownback Publishes Classroom Grading Research in Economics of Education Review

Brownback Publishes Classroom Grading Research in Economics of Education Review

Andy Brownback, an assistant professor in the Walton College Department of Economics, has had his paper “A Classroom Experiment on Effort Allocation Under Relative Grading” published in the February 2018 issue of Economics of Education Review.

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Workers May ‘Choke’ Under Pressure of Non-Monetary Incentives

Workers May ‘Choke’ Under Pressure of Non-Monetary Incentives

Competition for non-monetary awards can have adverse effects on performance and may cause employees to “choke” under pressure, according to a new study by a Walton College economist.

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Kali Publishes Research on ‘The Burden of Glory’ in Journal of Economics & Management Strategy

Kali Publishes Research on ‘The Burden of Glory’ in Journal of Economics & Management Strategy

Raja Kali, a professor in the Walton College Department of Economics and the Conoco Phillips Chair in International Economics and Business, has had his paper entitled “The Burden of Glory: Competing for Non-Monetary Incentives in Rank-Order Tournaments” accepted for publication in the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy.

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Geng Publishes Regulation and Pricing Research in Journal of International Economics

Geng Publishes Regulation and Pricing Research in Journal of International Economics

Difei Geng, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the Walton College, has had his paper “International Effects of National Regulations: External Reference Pricing and Price Controls” accepted for publication in the Journal of International Economics.

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Walton College Papers Win First and Second Place Transportation Journal Awards

Walton College Papers Win First and Second Place Transportation Journal Awards

Papers authored by faculty and Ph.D. graduates of the Walton College have been selected as first and second place winners of the Best Paper Award for 2016-17 by Transportation Journal.

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Allen Publishes Crowdsourcing Research in Journal of Marketing

Allen Publishes Crowdsourcing Research in Journal of Marketing

Bradley J. Allen, an assistant professor of marketing at the Walton College, has had his research paper “Design Crowdsourcing: The Impact on New Product Performance of Sourcing Design Solutions from the ‘Crowd’” accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing.

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Grover, Venkatesh, Sabherwal Recognized as Top Information Systems Researchers

Grover, Venkatesh, Sabherwal Recognized as Top Information Systems Researchers

Three faculty members in the Department of Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas have been recognized as top researchers in the field using the h-index measurement of research and its worldwide impact.

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