School of Business

Faculty and Student Research

Washburn business faculty conduct programs of research in their disciplines.  Whether creating new knowledge, contributing to their professions or developing new ideas and materials for the classroom, our faculty maintain their intellectual capital and share their knowledge with our students and our community. Our Business Seminar Series and Working Paper Series, both sponsored by Kaw Valley Bank, are important outlets for disseminated our research. We also honor the accomplishment of our faculty with the Kaw Valley Bank Excellence in Research Award. 

Students also engage in research activities in their coursework and in other programs, including the Washburn Transformational Experience Creative and Scholarly program and Apeiron.


Apeiron logoWashburn students from all disciplines are invited to participate in the Washburn University Apeiron, an event that will allow students to showcase their research, scholarship, and creative activities in a setting similar to a professional meeting. Any type of presentation used in a professional setting, such as a poster presentation, an oral presentation, an exhibition, or a performance, will be acceptable.


Kaw Valley Bank Excellence in Research Award

The Kaw Valley Bank Excellence in Research Award is given annually to one of the school faculty members who have made substantial contribution in research. Discipline-based research, contributions to practice, and teaching-related research all help to maintain and enrich the intellectual capital of our faculty.

Reza Espahbodi

Robert Weigand

Prof. Reza Espahbodi
Prof. Rob Weigand
Michael Stoica Rosemary Walker Professor Bill Roach
Prof. Michael Stoica
Prof. Rosemary Walker
Prof. Bill Roach
Professor Jim Martin Professor Rob Weigand Professor Michael Stoica
Prof. Jim Martin
Prof. Rob Weigand
Prof. Michael Stoica 

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Kaw Valley Bank Working Paper Series

Working papers from our School of Business faculty are research "works-in-progress."  If you are on campus, feel free to take a copy of the most recent papers from the display case on the third floor of Henderson Hall. If you would like to have an electronic copy of a past or current paper, visit the Mabee library website. 

List of current working papers

192 - January 2017
Valuing the Hospital Industry from a Financing Efficiency Standpoint
Robert M. Hull
Shane Van Dalsem

193 - January 2017
Hedge Fund Attributes, Insider Behavior, and IPO Volatility
Robert M. Hull
Sungkyu Kwak
Rosemary Walker

194 - February 2017
Assurance on Sustainability Reports: A Study of Factors Influencing the Selection of an Assurance Framework
Sunita K. Rao

181 – February 2016
The Entity Concept as Ideology: Corporations, Personhood, and Legitimation in a Global Society
Louella Moore

182 – March 2016
Procedure to Determine the Optimal Roth IRA Versus Deductible IRA Allocation
Robert M. Hull and John B. Hull

183 – August 2016
Johnny Inkslinger: Accounting Legend
Barbara Scofield

184 – August 2016
Medtronic PLC and Corporate Tax Inversions
Monica Shelton and James Martin

185 – August 2016
Paying for Undergraduate Business Education: Recent Trends in Tuition, Income, Institution Choice, and Debt
Jennifer Ball and Kanalis Ockree

186 - September 2016
Renaissance Learning, Inc.
Shane Van Dalsem

187 - September 2016
The Effects of Credit Union Service Organization on Credit Union Performance
Shane Van Dalsem

188 - September 2016
Uninsured Deposits and Excess Share Insurance at US Credit Unions: The Impact on Risk and Returns to Members
Shane Van Dalsem

189 - October 2016
Technology's Role: Personified ERP System as a Social Actor Influencing IS Resistance
Pam Schmidt

Past Working Papers

2003  |  2004  |  2005  |  2006  |  2007  |  2008  |  2009  |  2010  |  2011  |  2012  |  2013  |  2014  |  2015 | 2016

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WTE - Scholarly or Creative Option

WTE Scholarly or creative logoThe Washburn Transformational Experience program was established to provide you with an opportunity to make a difference to others or society through enhanced learning in four transformational areas. This experience will enable you to gain advanced learning in ways other than through traditional college studies. Additionally, after graduating when you are competing with others for employment, this experience will set you apart. You will be able to showcase your newly acquired skills and experience on your resume or during interviews. Employers are looking for candidates who have gone above and beyond the status quo. What will you have to offer?

Scholarly or Creative Activity: Students will complete a scholarly or creative activity utilizing advance knowledge gained through independent work under the guidance of at least one faculty member. Possible options for BBA students include BU404 Independent Study in Business or BU405 Honors Research in Business or you may choose to participate in Apeiron, a forum of student research, scholarship, and creativity.

Schedule an appointment with the WTE Area Director or SOBU Advisor to obtain more information regarding the Scholarly Creative WTE.


School of Business Advisor
Rob Hull
HC311I, 785.670.1600

Paul Byrne
HC310G, 785.670.1597

Area Director
Mike Russell
HC211E, 785.670.1566


Washburn Business Research Seminar Series

The School of Business Research Seminar, sponsored by Kaw Valley Bank, allows School faculty, students, and guest presenters to share their ongoing research and receive critical feedback.

Schedule of Presentations

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Tuesday, September 5, 12:30pm, HC 104
Alexandre Skiba, University of Wyoming
" International Trade, Internal Geography, and Non-homothetic Consumption Patterns "


Tuesday, September 12, 12:30pm, HC 104
Norma Juma
" An Inclusive Approach to Regulating the Second Economy:
A Tale of Four Sub-Saharan African Economies "
(with Donath R. Olomi and Goodluck Charles)


      Tuesday, October 10, 12:30pm, HC 104
Akhadian Harnowo
" On the Value of Operational Responsiveness: Does it Mitigate Firm Risk
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Tuesday, October 24, 12:30pm, HC 104
Pamela Schmidt, Gail Hoover King and Kimberly Church
"Current Directions in Big Data Analysis Education"


Tuesday, November 7, 12:30pm, HC 104
Elizabeth Gordon, Temple University
Title to be announced later


Tuesday, November 14, 12:30pm, HC 104
Rosemary Walker, Sungkyu Kwak, and Rob Hull
Title to be announced later


      Tuesday, November 28, 12:30pm, HC 104
Sunita Rao
" Corporate Social Responsibility Assurance and Earnings Quality "

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