Research

Solving real-world problems by understanding and getting the most out of technology are foundational principles of WPI. Research topics at the School of Business reflect this commitment.  

Here are just a few of the research areas that are the focus of the School of Business faculty and students.

Medical Records for a Digital Age

An interdisciplinary team of researchers is seeking solutions for how the United States can achieve better healthcare for less money through better use of digital imaging and record keeping. Funded by a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the Healthcare Delivery Institute at WPI is leading an international three-year study that seeks to help bring the U.S. healthcare system into the digital age by replacing paper-based systems with electronic medical records (EMRs).

"Higher quality medical care is associated with evidence-based medicine. The data is the evidence. Once medical practices and hospitals have implemented EMR systems, they can reap the benefits inherent in mining the resulting databases to see what works and what doesn't."
Professor Diane Strong.

Generation Y & Web Design

When Fidelity Investments wanted to understand whether its customer base ‒ made up primarily of baby boomers ‒ would interact with websites the same way as its potential future customer base of younger adults, the financial services giant asked the School of Business to study the issue.

With 90 percent of business running through its websites, understanding these differences was no trivial matter for the financial services giant. A student/faculty team designed a research project using eye-tracking software and their work resulted in national recognition and fundamental changes in the way Fidelity designs and builds its websites.

Innovators and Dreamers Welcome Here

WPI is where ideas are nourished and flourish. The Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) is our university-wide entrepreneurship and innovation program.

CEI is here to inspire students, faculty, and alumni to discover, create, and commercialize new technological products and services. It helps create new organizations based on those products and services, advancing economic development and improving society.  Learn more about CEI...

 
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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Joe Zhu
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Professor

    Professor Zhu is an expert in methods of performance measurement. His research interests are in the areas of operations and productivity, and performance evaluation and benchmarking.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Bengisu Tulu
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Assistant Professor

    For Professor Tulu, WPI is a place at which theory and practice receive equal attention. She believes in first understanding theory in order to then provide solutions to real world needs.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: John Hedly
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Adjunct Professor

    Professor Hedly stresses that the classroom is as relevant as the real world, so he focuses on how to effectively apply accounting skills learned in the classroom to the workplace.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: William Krein
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Professor Krein has developed and delivered courses in negotiations, strategy, and policy for technology businesses, as well as project management and business fundamentals.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Steven Taylor
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Taylor focuses on organizational aesthetics, which holds that management is as much an art as a science, and applies art-based scholarship and practice to management.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Edward Gonsalves
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Adjunct Professor

    A holder of eight U.S. patents and one trademark, Professor Gonsalves is also a speaker and author. He is a recipient of the John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Service to WPI.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Renata Konrad
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor Konrad’s work involves improving the efficiency of patient flow, better allocation of scarce health resources, and designing more effective processes in complex environments.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Frank Hoy
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Professor

    Professor Hoy directs the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He has earned several awards, including Regional Research Advocate of the Year, U.S. Small Business Administration.

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