What Our Research Means for You
Rice Business courses are taught by faculty who are nationally recognized for their scholarship, and they focus on the real-world applications of their research in the classroom. You’ll work with professors who believe that case methodology and current industry knowledge are as critical to your education as textbooks.
Academic Areas of Focus
Our accounting faculty are trailblazing scholars who have made major contributions to accounting research and pedagogy. Their passion for educating future leaders — that means you — is apparent in their classrooms and frequently recognized by teaching awards.
Everything our communication professors teach is designed to turn you into a strategic communicator. In the global and digital landscapes of business today, the ability to communicate effectively — to inform, motivate, persuade and listen — has never been more important. You'll hone your skills through both classroom instruction and small-group coaching.
Our faculty bring the commercial acumen and leadership from the vibrant energy and oil and gas sector of Houston. Courses in geopolitics of energy, safety, business analysis and operations are widely regarded as conduits to leadership positions in energy industry midstream and upstream organizations.
Rice Business is a recognized leader in entrepreneurship education, ranked No. 1 by the Princeton Review. Our courses, labs, competitions, career guidance and extracurricular programming will give you a thorough understanding of all areas of business as well as the ability to create business plans that address real market opportunities.
Our finance faculty's distinguished scholarship and teaching helped us achieve a No. 3 ranking as the Best MBA for Finance by the Princeton Review. You’ll gain cutting-edge insights in everything from basic financial management to more technical subjects such as options and other derivatives as well as financial modeling.
Our healthcare faculty bring their expertise from the field into the classroom to provide students with an understanding of how management principles are interpreted and applied in the different sectors of the industry, such as providers, hospitals/small practices, payers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology.
Marketing shapes successful strategy to distinguish a company’s products and services. Our faculty embrace the multidisciplinary, quick-changing art and science of marketing. Their research-backed insights, steeped in analysis, will help you find the strategies that work to set your company apart.
Our operations management faculty deliver a deeper understanding of a firm’s operational competencies, processes and supply chain. They approach operations from a desired business strategy rather than a technical engineering view, teaching you to manage a business through design, planning, control, coordination and improvement of business processes and systems.
Our faculty have published groundbreaking research on topics including affect, creativity, emotions, ethics, expertise, intuition, personality and sensemaking. Through innovative exercises, cases and assignments, our professors will teach you the applications and importance of organizational behavior in today's dynamic business world.
Ranked the #3 Best MBA Program for Real Estate by Poets & Quants this year, our program educates leaders to navigate through the complex institutional real estate world.
Strategy and Environment
Our strategy and environment faculty publish pioneering work on emerging markets, entrepreneurship, corporate governance, alliance and merger strategies and corporate responsibility that bring a fresh, relevant foundation for understanding the material they teach. You'll develop expertise in strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, global market entry and management, business model innovations and organizational change.
Rice Business Wisdom
Based on research by Professor Amit Pazgal
Based on research by Professor Brian Rountree
Based on research by Professors Haiyang Li and Yan Anthea Zhang
Based on research by Professor K. Ramesh
Based on research by Professor Jeff Fleming and Senior Associate Dean Barbara Ostdiek