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
Can Shoplifting Cause Problems in Employee Retention? LSU Researcher Provides Insights for Practitioners
Recent disruptions, labor shortages, and fiscal pressures have imposed and highlighted changes in roles and responsibilities of frontline employees (FLEs) in retail service environments.
Is the Psychological Element of Body Fat More Predictive of Work Performance than Actual Body Fat Status?
For years now, personal, work, and societal concerns about obesity and body fatness have sparked research efforts across multiple fields.
Do high taxes cause superstars to work less? In a recent working paper titled "Taxes and the Labor Supply of the Stars" released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, LSU Department of Economics Associate Professor Dan Keniston and Assistant Professor Abigail Peralta study this question among a unique group of wealthy individuals: Hollywood movie stars.
Employee Engagement is one of the major components that drive customer satisfaction and, ultimately, organizational success in the service industry.
Want Safe Roads? LSU Researchers Think Aritficial Intelligence Can Help Us Understand Driver Behavior
The number of fatal car crashes involving large trucks continues to rise, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration whose mission is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety
The Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety (CARTS) is responsible for collecting, maintaining, integrating, analyzing, and distributing crash-related data captured from law enforcement and other agencies throughout the state of Louisiana. CARTS utilizes this data to develop business intelligence (BI) and GIS tools, perform research studies, and produce an annual factbook. These tools and publications are used by decision-makers to identify potential problem areas, create countermeasures, set policies, and establish programs to improve the safety of our roadways in Louisiana.
Center for Internal Auditing & Cybersecurity Risk Management
The LSU Center for Internal Auditing & Cybersecurity Risk Management 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.