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

Retailing Research Initiative Finds Walmart Online Shoppers Are More Like Other Online Shoppers Than In-Store Walmart Shoppers

Retailing Research Initiative Finds Walmart Online Shoppers Are More Like Other Online Shoppers Than In-Store Walmart Shoppers

The retail habits of shoppers at Walmart.com are more similar to those of Amazon’s customers than they are of Walmart’s own in-store shoppers, a study by the University of Arkansas Retailing Research Initiative finds.

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Students Help Develop App for ‘Dash’ Robotic Shopping Cart

Students Help Develop App for ‘Dash’ Robotic Shopping Cart

Students working at the McMillon Innovation Studio at the Walton College have developed a prototype app for “Dash,” the robot platform designed by Five Elements Robotics. The app can build a shopping list, search for products, scan items and provide mobile checkout.

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Sodero Article Featured as ‘Research for the Real World’

Sodero Article Featured as ‘Research for the Real World’

Research led by Annibal Sodero, Walton College assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management, has been selected as part of the “Research for the Real World” series in a special issue of Supply Chain Quarterly.

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Economic Researchers Have Paper Accepted by Journal of Developmental Economics

Economic Researchers Have Paper Accepted by Journal of Developmental Economics

Andrea Civelli, associate professor of economics at the Walton College; Andrew Horowitz, a Walton College economics professor, and Arilton Teixeira of the Fucape Business School in Brazil have had their paper “Foreign Aid and Growth: A Sp P-VAR Analysis Using Satellite Sub-National Data for Uganda” accepted for publication by the Journal of Development Economics.

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U of A Retailing Research Initiative Measures Millennials’ Retail Loyalty

U of A Retailing Research Initiative Measures Millennials’ Retail Loyalty

Prices would have to be at least 10 percent lower to get millennials to switch from one major retailer such as Walmart, Amazon and Target to a competitor, a study by a University of Arkansas professor indicates.

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U of A Retailing Research Initiative Finds Consumers Have Distinct Perceptions of  Walmart, Amazon, Target

U of A Retailing Research Initiative Finds Consumers Have Distinct Perceptions of Walmart, Amazon, Target

Dinesh Gauri, a professor in the Department of Marketing and head of the University of Arkansas Retailing Research Initiative, today announced the results of his survey that found distinct consumer perceptions of Walmart, Amazon and Target.

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Psychopathic Employees Thrive Under Abusive Supervisors, Study Finds

Psychopathic Employees Thrive Under Abusive Supervisors, Study Finds

High-profile corporate scandals caused by extreme risk-taking and brazen malfeasance have driven scholars and business leaders to speculate that those responsible for unethical behavior may possess psychopathic tendencies.

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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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