The university is an Association of American Universities Tier One research institution dedicated to the creation of new knowledge through research and analysis. Academic research supercharges student learning and career preparation by exposing students to curiosity and inventive thinking. All faculty members teach, including those who are highly productive researchers, and every student is exposed to the skills that are critical for inquiry and discovery.
Top 5 Research Productivity — McCombs is counted among the five schools producing the world’s most impactful business research, joining four elite private schools: Harvard, Wharton, MIT Sloan, and NYU Stern. (According to the 2016 UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings.)
Blending Research and Practice – we are a professional school that values research informed by practice, and practice informed by research. We share this perspective and experience with our students by having about half of their classes taught by leading researchers and the other half taught by experienced practitioners. Our faculty includes leading thinkers, members of corporate and foundation boards, current business owners and professionals, active consultants to major organizations, and retired executives and partners from industry.
Undergraduate Research Assistantships – McCombs operates a program that matches BBA students with faculty members and provides funding for the students to assist our most productive and esteemed faculty members as they push forward the boundaries of business knowledge. The student contribution is required to be “substantive” and the program supports our faculty’s renowned research productivity while helping students see behind the curtain of the research side of a leading university.
Translating Research and Shaping Business Conversations — while business research is by nature incremental, each study draws experts closer to conclusions with direct industry application. Recent major news mentions of McCombs School faculty research include:
Do 401(k) Providers Favor Their Own Funds?
Clemens Sialm, Professor, Finance
The Wall Street Journal, July 4, 2016
“New academic research shows that mutual-fund companies tend to favor their own funds when setting the menus for the 401(k) plans they administer. And, more important, they tend to keep those funds on the menu even when the funds are underperforming.”
When the Push for Big, New Ideas Can Put Your Company in Danger
Francisco Polidoro, Jr., Associate Professor, Management
Pamela R. Haunschild, Professor Emeritus, Management
Inc. Magazine, March 1, 2016
“Even the brightest minds cycle through periods of learning and periods of forgetting … researchers found that as the push for innovation bubbles to the top of the priority list, the focus on other crucial priorities is reduced. Innovation and safety come into conflict.”
Can Your Employees Really Speak Freely?
Ethan Burris, Associate Professor, Management
Harvard Business Review, January-February 2016
“When employees can voice their concerns freely, organizations see increased retention and stronger performance … Business units whose employees reported speaking up more had significantly better financial and operational results than others.”
Why Companies Are Blind to Child Labor
Julie Irwin, Professor, Business, Government, and Society; Marketing
Harvard Business Review, January 28, 2016
“If consumers have a product’s ethical information right in front of them … they will factor the information into their decision-making — but they will not go out of their way to seek it out. People remain willfully ignorant because information about ethical attributes can be … difficult to process.”