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.

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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.

The 2023 recipient of the Kaw Valley Bank Award for Research Excellence is Dr. Norma Juma.  

In the last five years, Dr. Juma has made multiple conference presentations and published nine peer-reviewed journal articles, many of which were published in top-ranked journals. Her research interests include topics in corporate responsibility, business ethics, and sustainable entrepreneurship in developing economies. This year’s award committee noted Dr. Juma’s outstanding ability to generate research that sustains and promotes values of ethical and developmental business practices.  Her work has been recognized both nationally and internationally.  Dr. Juma previously received the Emerald Literati Award in the Outstanding Paper category.  Most recently, her work was placed on the AACSB Honor Roll for Responsible Research in Business and Management.

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.

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The 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 or Creative WTE.

School of Business Advisor
Rob Hull
HC311I, 785.670.1600

Paul Byrne
HC310G, 785.670.1597

Area Director
Bob Beatty
HC215B, 785.670.1736

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

Presentation Schedule:

Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.
Henderson 104
Presenter: Sunita Rao
"ESG Performance of Companies with Highly-Compensated Key Executives"

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.
Henderson 104
Presenter: Louella Moore
"Examining the Silence of the Social in Accounting Research Abstracts 1926-2021"

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.
Henderson 104
Presenters: Pamela Schmidt and Gail Hoover King
"Using LinkedIn for Career Building" (with Kimberly Swanson Church)

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.
Henderson 104
Presenter: Rosemary Walker
"Environmental and Other Opportunity Factors and CPA Performance" (with Arya Espahbodi, Linda Espahbodi, Rezi Espahbodi and G. Thomas White)

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.
Henderson 104
Presenter: Bob Boncella
"The Alignment Problem in AI and its Effect on Decision Making: An Overview"

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.
Henderson 104
Presenters: Tom Hickman and Michael Stoica
"A Path to Success for Joint Sponsors"

Light lunch is provided, compliments of Kaw Valley Bank.
Sponsored by:
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1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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