George Mason University's School of Business is an acknowledged center for global business research.
Faculty take a multidisciplinary approach, with the goal of ensuring that business can be a force for the greater good.
Faculty publish in leading business journals on wide-ranging global business issues, are cited by the press, and are actively engaged in making discoveries to address a wide set of societal and institutional challenges.
Three pillars define the real-world impact of Mason Business thought leadership:
Ensuring Global Futures
Safeguarding our planet and societies from the crises identified in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent highlights include:
- Are Electric Cars Really Green? mic.com
- CPG Can No Longer Afford to Harm the Planet AdWeek.com
- Supporting the Honey Bee to Make the World a Better Place School of Business News
- Embedding the SDGs into Business Education The PRME Blog
Digital Transformation of Work
Preparing global organizations and professionals for the massive technological changes that are reshaping business.
- Facilitating a Paradigm Shift: An Acquisition Playbook for the Information Age School of Business News
- As Offices Reopen, Hybrid Onsite and Remote Work Becomes Routine SHRM.org
- How to Manage Performance Evaluations in the Work-From-Home Era New York Times
- Employees Are Working An Extra Day In Unpaid Overtime Each Week Forbes.com
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Fostering the creative problem-solving skills needed for success in an increasingly unpredictable world.
- Pandemic Provides Opportunity for Stretching into New Careers SHRM.org
- Using Geospatial Technology to Promote Economic Development of Africa School of Business News
- Prince Harry isn't the first famous name in tech, but his role at S.F. startup is rare San Francisco Chronicle
- For $40/Month, Equinox's Variis App Is Now Accessible to All Well+Good
School of Business Faculty Research
- March 28, 2023There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to growing a franchise business. But stock market reactions to companies’ strategic moves can give you more than a clue.
- March 24, 2023Financially troubled U.S. hospitals are petitioning for more support from the federal government, but handouts won’t fix the underlying problem.
- March 20, 2023Mason research shows that hiring internal auditors, and giving them proper organizational authority, can be the first steps toward addressing the root causes of business failure.
- March 15, 2023A George Mason University professor is working on ways to measure one of the great intangibles of today’s companies: employee talent.
- March 9, 2023The moment a brand publicizes its good works, it’s at risk of seeming cynical. A Mason professor offers research-based advice on how to generate lasting brand value from sustainability.
- March 8, 2023An explosion of digital technology made today’s hybrid workplace possible, but it couldn’t upgrade the analog infrastructure that is the human brain.
- February 28, 2023Negotiation is a critical skillset in business and in society. Negotiation is a complicated, joint decision problem where parties can, potentially, make each other better off—but also have some competing interests. Einav Hart, assistant professor of management at George Mason University, suggests that our relationships and context influence how we should negotiate—and even whether it is a good idea to negotiate at all.
- February 22, 2023Human trafficking is a global crisis of overwhelming scope. Fortunately, anti-trafficking organizations can use AI to predict the criminals’ next moves–with the help of a George Mason University professor.
- February 2, 2023Thanks to TikTok, Twitter, Instagram et al, we are living in the age of social influence. But how can influence be harnessed to make the world a better place? Yun Young Hur, assistant professor of information systems at George Mason University School of Business, explores that question in a recently published paper in Information Systems Research.
- January 31, 2023Research by Mason Accounting Professor Bret Johnson, a former SEC staff accountant and academic fellow, shows how seemingly mundane intra-agency policies can have unintended effects that benefit Wall Street over Main Street.
- December 13, 2022Managers often struggle to motivate their teams, but that could be because they’re looking in the wrong place. Mason School of Business professor Shora Moteabbed believes that how employees relate to one another on a one-to-one basis is key to understanding—and influencing—workplace behavior.
- December 8, 2022Marketing professor Tarun Kushwaha’s recent research finds that the effectiveness of brands’ growth strategies can be correlated with the state of the economy. Analyzing 17 years of data on U.K. brands, Kushwaha concludes that brands that prioritize assortment and wider distribution are in the best position to weather the ups and downs of the macroeconomic cycle.
Faculty Teaching, Research, and Engagement Awards
- December 14, 2021Leila Austin, assistant professor of Business Foundations, was named one of the 2021 Dean’s Teaching Faculty Fellows. Austin, who has been with the School of Business for the last five years, truly values her role as an educator.
- December 8, 2021Gretchen Hendricks, instructor of Business Foundations, was named one of the 2021 Dean’s Teaching Faculty Fellows. While Hendricks joined the Foundations area in 2016, this wasn’t her first position with the School of Business.
- November 30, 2021Jeremy E. Plotnick, director of the minor programs at the School of Business, was named one of this year’s Dean’s Teaching Faculty Fellows.
- President-Elect of the George Mason University Alumni Association Named 2021 Dean’s Teaching Faculty FellowNovember 9, 2021Christine Landoll, director of Business Engagement and instructor of Business Foundations, was named one of the 2021 Dean’s Teaching Faculty Fellows. Landoll graduated from the School of Business in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and again in 1992 with a Master of Science in Taxation.
- November 3, 2021For Brad Greenwood, it’s all about the students. His demonstrated contributions to teaching (in addition to research and leadership/engagement) puts him among the “best of the best” says Dean Maury Peiperl, honoring Greenwood with a 2021 School of Business Dean’s Scholar Award.
- October 27, 2021Brian K. Ngac, instructor of Information Systems and Operations Management, was named one of 2021 Dean’s Teaching Faculty Fellows. Ngac, a soon to be Triple Patriot, graduated from George Mason University in 2016 with a bachelor’s of science and again in 2017 with his master’s of science both in Applied Information Technology. Ngac is currently pursuing his doctorate in Information Technology at Mason’s College of Engineering & Computing.
- October 21, 2021Victoria M. Grady, director of the MS in Management program, was named one of 2021 Dean’s Teaching Faculty Fellows.
- January 7, 2021Heather Vough, associate professor of management, is one of four faculty at George Mason University School of Business to be named a recipient of the 2021 School of Business Dean’s Scholar Award.