Ourso Research

Innovative research that speaks directly to the enduring challenges and developing opportunities of our time.

The E. J. Ourso College of Business’s body of research strengthens the university’s priorities, generating impactful and timely knowledge that is applicable to local business communities and beyond. 

Our world-class faculty represent a wide range of academic and subject-matter experts. We seek to elevate the college’s expertise and research presence locally and nationally by expanding our scholarly activity and ensuring our research is relevant to business leaders and policymakers. 

 

Ourso Research News

Less than half of all U.S. adults have access to prime credit because of their credit score. But new LSU and Harvard University research shows a lot more people could become eligible if lenders use artificial intelligence, or AI, and alternative data, such as education and employment history. Smarter underwriting algorithms would especially benefit recent college graduates and young people with short credit histories as well as people with low or no credit scores.

Companies' "work from home" policies may be driving economic inequality. At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, nearly 70% of full-time office workers left their offices behind to work from home.

LSU Department of Accounting Assistant Professors Stephanie Walton and William Buslepp recently partnered with current and former PhD students to publish articles in two scholarly journals.

The Rucks Department of Management is proud to share recent accomplishments in research by numerous members of its faculty.

The E. J. Ourso College of Business welcomes six new faculty members for the fall 2022 semester.

It's that time of year again: back-to-school shopping season! At the end of every summer, parents pack their kids in the car and head to a crowded Wal-Mart or Target to search for sales on school supplies for the upcoming academic year.

 

Innovation is our business.

The E. J. Ourso College of Business is an innovative hub for research activity.

Our faculty are published in top-tier journals and are frequently quoted in major news outlets. We leverage the college’s collective research expertise to develop content that supports the university’s strategic priorities and is valuable and relevant to business leaders and policymakers.

Our goal is to advance the interests of the state of Louisiana by serving as a center of expertise for business, community, and policymakers on matters related to economic growth, innovation, and sustainability.

Explore select publications from each of our academic disciplines.

Accounting Economics ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Finance Information Systems & Decision Sciences Management
Marketing Public Administration

 

Driving thought leadership through insightful conversations.

Ourso Research Seminar Series

Our academic departments host a wide range of esteemed scholars to present and discuss research findings in their respective fields. Our various Research Seminar Series provide students, faculty, and professionals with thought leadership and unique perspectives to broaden their knowledge, skills, and networks.

 

Leading the discovery and dissemination of business research.

Ourso Journal Editors

E. J. Ourso College of Business faculty serve as editors of a wide range of academic journals. Our journal editors are successful, respected scholars who drive innovation and provide critical thought leadership to premier peer-reviewed publications.

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Amplifying our impact with focused, specialized expertise.

Ourso Knowledge Centers & Institutes

Our research centers and institutes serve as headquarters for innovative research. These units make a positive difference in business policy and practice and serve as scholarly thought leaders to business and governmental organizations. Collectively, we are producing critical economic forecasting, training future entrepreneurs and sales leaders, and developing software that revolutionize entire industries, to name a few. Explore the important work of our centers and institutes.

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Center for Analytics, Research & Transportation Safety

CARTS collects, maintains, analyzes, and distributes crash data to support public policy decisions and improve the safety of roadways in Louisiana. CARTS developed the LACRASH software program that revolutionized how traffic accidents are reported.

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Center for Internal Auditing

The LSU Center for Internal Auditing is considered the premier internal auditing program in the world. This innovative center offers programs for students and industry professionals to develop a philosophical and functional understanding of internal auditing, compliance, and risk management at an enterprise scale. 

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Economics & Policy Research Group

Economics & Policy Research Group conducts applied economics research, including economic impact studies, program evaluations, and economic forecasting. EPRG uses economic principles and state-of-the-art methods to inform public policy and business decisions, providing in-depth analysis to address real-world problems at the intersection of economics and policy.

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Professional Sales Institute

The Professional Sales Institute is a partnership between LSU and industry, dedicated to discovering and disseminating sales knowledge and developing professional sales leaders. PSI is committed to conducting cutting-edge scientific analysis on the sales profession and providing insights on state-of-the-art methods to build and maintain a competitive edge in the sales force. 

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Real Estate Research Institute

The Real Estate Research Institute studies trends in the Louisiana real estate market to benefit growth and development throughout the state. RERI is often recognized for publications in premier U.S. real estate journals.

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Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute

The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute offers several programs for students and the community designed to promote innovative approaches to identifying needs and solving problems through an entrepreneurial view of opportunity, recognition, and realization. 

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The constant pursuit of discovery at LSU.

Central Hub for Research at LSU

The LSU Office of Research and Economic Development is a centralized administrative unit facilitating the scholarly and research enterprise of the university faculty. ORED also enhances the undergraduate and graduate student learning experience through research. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The E. J. Ourso College of Business encourages undergraduate student research efforts through the LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Program. We support student participation with faculty mentors, resources, and funding. Explore the LSU Discover Program to learn about becoming a researcher at LSU.