Research is central to the life of the University of Rhode Island. Faculty research within the College of Business Administration covers a broad range of interests and specializations, and students have a variety of opportunities to benefit from it.
PACAP Research Center
The Sandra Ann Morsilli Pacific-Basin Capital Markets Research Center was established in 1989 at the University of Rhode Island to meet the growing demand for information on the capital markets in the Pacific-Basin region. The PACAP Research Center, which serves the securities industry, financial service industry, government, multilateral development institutions, and academia, has become recognized internationally as the leading research institute on Asian capital markets.
The current research of one College of Business Administration faculty member will be highlighted here each month.
Professor Dorado conducts research on topics connected with the development and management of social enterprises and other organizations engaged in the alleviation of “wicked” social problems such as lack of access to financial services and structural unemployment.
Professor Chen’s research interests arise from observing the changes in the business environment and how business entities react to these changes. His early research focused on the firm’s optimal product design, offering strategies in the area of multifunction products that proliferated in recent years and changed the marketplace.
Professor Wheeler conducts research on the causes and consequences of employee turnover in organizations. This research includes understanding how employees and organizations increase fit between each other, how organizations influence employee burnout and engagement, and how employees become embedded in their organizations and communities.
Professor Hales studies techniques to improve the implementation of Lean, Six Sigma, Mindfulness, and Performance Management improvement programs in industries such as Healthcare, Manufacturing, Government, and Transportation & Logistics.