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 2020 recipient of the Kaw Valley Bank Award for Research Excellence is Dr. Sungkyu Kwak.  In the last five years, he has published six peer-reviewed journal articles, and dozens more in  his career.  His research has been focused on several aspects of seasoned equity offerings.

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

Presentation Schedule:

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
Pamela Schmidt
"Has Excel Become a 'Golden. Hammer?' The Paradox of Data Analytics in SME Clusters" (with Kimberly Swanson Church and Jennifer Riley)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3 p.m.
Sunita Rao
"The Evolution of Sustainability Reporting Textual Disclosure: Evidence from the Largest US Corporations"

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
Akhadian Harnowo
"Understanding the Dark Side of Supply Chain Information Technology"

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
Tom Hickman
"Key Components of a Business School Education: Perspectives from Managers"

All four projects were funded by the Summer 2020 Beatrice Research Grant.  
All presentations will be made via Zoom.  Please contact Dr. Dmitri Nizovtsev (dmitri.nizovtsev@washburn.edu) for login information if you wish to attend.
Sponsored by:
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