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Faculty & Research

Learn from faculty who are known around the world for their academic and research achievements. And for their open doors. With average class sizes of about 40, your professors will know your name and be invested in you, your success and your future.

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Publications in 2020


Best MBA Classroom Experience, Princeton Review, 2020

Rice Business Wisdom

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Corporate Investment | Peer-Reviewed Research
The Paradox Of Successful Overseas Investments

Based on research by Professor Yan Anthea Zhang

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Creativity And Innovation | Peer-Reviewed Research
Kids Need Play To Develop Their Minds. Workplaces Need Creativity To Develop Their Businesses.

Based on research by Professor Jing Zhou 

Organizational Behavior | Peer-Reviewed Research
How Do You Know What Motivates Your Virtual Work Team?

Based on research by Professor Utpal Dholakia

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Faculty contributions in research, teaching and service are critical to fulfilling the Rice Business mission. Our faculty are recognized for their scholarship across 11 academic fields.

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Annie Zavyalova
Anastasiya Zavyalova Associate Professor of Strategic Management

Why Teach At Rice

"Beyond providing an academically stimulating environment, Rice Business has created a supportive atmosphere where I am free to pursue my research projects, share my ideas with colleagues and students, and engage with the business community."

Faculty Teaching Awards

Ben Lansford
Professor in the Practice of Accounting and Director of the MAcc Program
Al Danto
Lecturer in Management – Entrepreneurship
Stephanie Johnson
Stephanie Johnson Assistant Professor of Finance

Featured Research

"Borrowing money can improve a person’s life in many ways, whether it’s being used to fund an education, start a business or buy a house. But there are also concerns about predatory lending and the implications for financial stability. This has led to regulations that restrict how much money people can borrow. I hope my research will be useful for evaluating and improving these policies."

Faculty in the Media

Clean energy
In The Media

Vikas Mittal, a business professor and oil field service company expert at Rice University, is hopeful but skeptical about the ability of the clean energy initiatives to successfully deliver profits. The professor believes there might be some “herd mentality” psychology at play. 

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In The Media

During the COVID-19 pandemic, no other social phenomenon has been as widely written about, discussed, and argued over as cancel culture. Everyone uses their own definition, contradicting others, sowing confusion, arousing anger, scorn, and moral outrage, and stifling debate. Many psychology researchers view cancel culture as synonymous with social media activism, but this doesn't fully explain the psychology behind it says Professor Utpal Dholakia.

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In The Media

Overall, the market share held by the top players has increased in more than 75% of U.S. industries during the past two decades, according to a 2018 paper by Rice University Professor Gustavo Grullon and fellow researchers. That’s being blamed for a variety of economic ills.