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 2022 recipient of the Kaw Valley Bank Award for Research Excellence is Dr. Shane Van Dalsem.  

In the last five years, he has published six peer-reviewed journal articles, many of which were published in significant journals.  His research topics include non-profits, family firms and repurchase activity.  This year’s Kaw Valley Award committee noted that his research work displays his ability to generate interesting and relevant topics for investigation while addressing real-world issues, reduce complex information, and tailor the results for the background and interests of his audience. 

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 30, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
Henderson 104 + Zoom
Presenters: Eliada Griffin-EL, Norma Juma, and Joy Olabisi
"External Enablers and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: The Brokering Role of the Anchor Tenant in Capacitating Grassroot Ecopreneurs"

Tuesday, September 18, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
Henderson 104 + Zoom
Presenter: Rob Hull
"The Impact of Climate Mitigation Finance on Greenhouse Gas"
(with Muhammad Asif Khan and Masood Ahmed)

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
Henderson 104 + Zoom
Presenters: Liviu Florea
"Does Culture Matter? A Configurational Analysis of Cultural Values and Performance in Global Virtual Teams"

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
Henderson 104 + Zoom
Presenter: Jayme Burdiek and Jim Martin
"Biotech Mergers: Evaluating Risk, Reporting, and Integration of Growth Strategies"

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
Henderson 104 + Zoom
Presenter: Tom Hickman and Michael Stoica
"Yes, I Love My Team! Does This Mean I Have to Love the Sponsor?"

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
Henderson 104 + Zoom
Presenter: Tamara Roth (University of Luxembourg)
"Fashionable IT, Refugee Management, and Green Energy Tariffs"

All presentations will be made in person (Henderson 104) and via Zoom simultaneously. Please contact Dmitri Nizovtsev for login information if you wish to attend virtually.  Light lunch is provided to in-person attendees compliments of Kaw Valley Bank.
Sponsored by:
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Henderson Room 114
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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