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Research with Impact

Smeal faculty scholars are committed to producing and disseminating new knowledge that has impact.

Smeal faculty scholars are committed to producing and disseminating new knowledge that has an impact in society, academia, and beyond. Smeal faculty seek to undertake academic research that generates discovery of new ways to look at the familiar, identifies a phenomenon that has previously gone unnoticed, articulates uncharted territory, and/or clarifies an interesting, unresolved, or inadequately addressed issue in and across disciplines. Smeal faculty research seeks to influence business school curricula, generate new streams of academic research, affect the perspectives and actions of business practitioners, and shape the direction of public policy.

Much of the faculty's research success comes from the supportive research community at Smeal. From Smeal’s research laboratories to the physical arrangement of faculty offices, the academic environment is designed to support and encourage the stimulation of new, innovative ideas and collegial cross-disciplinary research endeavors.

For examples of some of the Smeal faculty research projects currently underway, click on the academic departments listed on the left. A few of the latest faculty research projects are described below:

  1. Finance Professor J. Randall Woolridge finds that Wall Street analysts consistently project earnings-per-share growth rates much higher than actual growth and that firms rarely meet or exceed their projected EPS growth rates.
  2. Management Science and Supply Chain Management Professor Susan Xu looks at ticket queues in which customers are given a ticket corresponding to their place in line. She finds that customers often overestimate their position in line and abandon the system prematurely because of losing patience with the waiting period.
  3. Marketing Professor Rajdeep Grewal is studying the effect of service quality on shareholder value in the airline industry. His results show that level and strength of satisfaction significantly influence shareholder value for service experienced early, and that satisfaction alone influences shareholder value for service experienced at later stages.