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February 2019

From the Dean's Desk



Dean Terence Lau
College of Business Dean Terence Lau

Dear alumni and friends,

It is my pleasure to greet you as I start my term as dean of the College of Business. In my short time on campus, I have tried to meet as many students, faculty, staff, and alumni as I could. Through many conversations, I have come to appreciate that there is a uniqueness that ties the CSU, Chico experience together. Members of the College of Business community are proud to be associated with the college— and for many reputable reasons.

Our Programs of Distinction continue to provide experiential learning opportunities for students, our student support services provide a student-focused approach toward graduation success, and our academic programs provide the foundational knowledge for our students to understand the complex world of business they enter upon graduation. Our graduates are so successful that Money magazine ranked Chico State’s College of Business #45 in the country in its 2018 Best Colleges for Business Majors ranking, ahead of other renowned schools such as San Diego State University and Loyola Marymount University.

One area of quiet pride that certainly doesn’t get enough attention is the work of our research-active faculty. Research is often thought of as the creation of new knowledge, but our faculty do more than that—they stand on the shoulders of others who have created knowledge and push the boundaries of that knowledge even further.

Research by our faculty has been published in leading academic journals such as:

Academy of Management Journal Journal of Business Ethics
Cornell Hospitality Quarterly Journal of Business Research
Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice Journal of Knowledge Management
Financial Review Journal of Marketing
Human Relations Journal of Service Research
Industrial Marketing Management Journal of Services Marketing
International Journal of Information Management Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science
International Review of Financial Analysis Leadership Quarterly
Journal of Applied Psychology Organization Science
Journal of Banking and Finance Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Journal of Behavioral Finance Systems Research and Behavioral Science

 These journals are broadly recognized around the world as being the best of the best, with the lowest acceptance rates for publication and highest impacts.

In a nutshell, our faculty in accounting, business information systems, finance and marketing, and  management are remarkable, and they are developing a national and international reputation for research excellence on our campus. In order to continue supporting our faculty, however, we must provide them with the resources needed to conduct their research. Business research often requires travelling to academic conferences to present findings and obtain peer review, obtaining access to datasets that can run into many tens of thousands of dollars, as well as experiment design and support. In addition, particularly research-active faculty may need time away from teaching so that they can develop their research further, which can add to overall costs by hiring replacements.

However, when you make a gift to the College of Business, your support can help faculty push the boundaries of business research, strengthening our growing reputation and success while increasing the value of Chico State’s College of Business degrees. This month, as we celebrate Chico State Giving Day, I hope you will choose to give in order to support our talented and groundbreaking faculty.

Thank you for your support!

Warmly,
Terence Lau
Dean, College of Business