Business research

Spears Business research initiative focuses on issues impacting businesses and communities

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

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Spears School of Business faculty will have the opportunity to enjoy school benefits Seed Grant Initiative, enabling them to collaborate and strengthen public impact research through interdisciplinary projects that focus on contemporary issues that impact society, business, and communities.

The goal of the research initiative is to identify ideas and solutions to address pressing challenges and expand the knowledge base for industry, governments, communities and academia. Following OSU’s land-grant mission, the priority is for Spears Business faculty to focus on public impact research and become a leading voice engaged for positive change in and beyond the world. ‘State.

“Spears faculty have a long history of producing meaningful and meaningful research,” said Dr. Ken Eastman, Dean of Spears Business. “The intention of this program is to encourage professors from different disciplines to collaborate in research on important societal problems. We can’t wait to see what these research teams produce.

The first proposals selected by the Seed Grant Initiative highlight the research of Dr. Bryan Hammer (top right), Assistant Professor of Management Science and Information Systems, and the collaborative research of Dr. Jinyoung Im (middle), Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management and Tourism, and Dr Rebecca Eastham (bottom), Director of the Center for the Future of Work.

Hammer’s research is titled “Feelings of Inclusion and Empowerment: How Technology Supports People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their Caregivers.” The goal of the study is to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) feel socially included and develop the digital and technical skills needed to navigate the digital world. Researchers will study the implementation and acceptance ofDr Jinyoung Im certain assistive technologies that have been developed to better understand how these technologies can help or hinder the accomplishment of basic tasks for people facing IDD issues.

Im and Eastham’s study – “Women Executives’ Experience of Inclusion and Gender Strategies in Hospitality Organizations” – aims to capture women executives’ lived experience of inclusion and investigate their negotiation strategies in hotel organizations. The objectives are to explore women executives’ experience of inclusion in terms of perceived belonging and uniqueness, to study their negotiation strategies when interacting with situational factors in day-to-day work, and to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their experience and inclusion strategies. The researchers willDr. Rebecca Eastham interview a focus group of female executives in the hospitality industry and identify common issues and best practices for improving diversity and exclusion in this industry.

“Public impact research is becoming a key focus at OSU as well as in business schools around the world,” said Dr. Ramesh Sharda, associate dean of graduate programs and research at Spears. Business. “We are pleased to be able to launch our own pilot initiative to encourage our faculty to engage in such work.”

Faculty research should focus on the following key themes:

  • Business Innovation, Resilience and Adaptation
  • Data science, technology and society
  • Innovation, strategy and business competitiveness
  • Human resources transformation — diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Climate change and its impact on businesses and communities
  • Addressing global business and societal issues
  • Community health, well-being and quality of life
  • Sustainable business development — environmental and social sustainability
  • Renewable energy — finance, economics and politics
  • Demographics and lifestyle — analyzes and consumer behavior

This initiative offers faculty the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary proposals that target relevant multidisciplinary research priorities. The aim is to provide seed funding for new research projects. Additionally, it is important that new and existing projects have the potential to lead to further funding, as well as publications in leading academic journals.

To promote research collaboration within Spears Business and across the university, it is necessary that the project team include faculty from at least two departments or colleges.

For more information on the Seed Grant Initiative, please contact Dr. Sharda ([email protected]).