Through their innovative research, Gatton College faculty influence the thinking of business leaders, policy-makers and scholars around the world, and bring that real-world knowledge into the classroom. Our five research centers provide insight and analysis of key topics critical to the business community, from economic analysis to business development and entrepreneurship to poverty issues and more.
This social network analysis study by the University of Kentucky’s #2 most cited researcher, management professor Steve Borgatti, is used worldwide to help companies and other organizations understand how their organizations can be better structured for success. Gatton’s management department has been studying social network analysis for the last 12 years. They have found that managers and other leaders are generally more accurate in the ways in which they perceive the networks around them.
Accounting professor Monika Causholli’s work analyzes the key affects auditing firms have on business performance and earnings predictions. The study found that in the case of public-client audits, audit quality improves significantly with extended tenure. In the private-client market, the results suggest that audit process quality declines in the long tenure range and when non-audit fees become large.
Through his research involving the online platform Estimize, finance professor Russell Jame has shown that crowdsourcing financial forecasts produces more accurate information than traditional estimates, creating value for the economy.
Economics professor and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) Jenny Minier asks, “Are persistently poor regions of the United States poor because they have fewer resources, or because they use them less efficiently?” Her research has determined that education seems to be the key difference between persistently poor areas and those who have managed to escape poverty.
Marketing professor Dan Sheehan’s research on smart carts and real-time AI spending feedback has shone a light on how consumers are spending their money. He and his co-authors conducted lab and grocery store experiments that illustrate the impact on spending depending on whether a shopper is budget constrained or not. They found that real-time spending feedback stimulates budget shoppers to spend more (by buying more national brands) while non-budget shoppers tend to spend less by replacing national brands with store brands.