The University of Montana
The University of Montana
Students sometimes stereotype the accountant as a person sitting behind a desk and working with numbers. Nothing can be further from the truth-both in real life and in the research performed by accounting majors, graduates, professionals, and Ph.Ds. In real life, accountants are business professionals who work closely with their clients to improve their bottom lines, operate within federal and state laws including tax laws, and ensure that the firm is operating in accordance with the Board's and management's directives and strategic focus. Accounting scholarship involves creative scholarship for both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Accounting is the 'language of business'; no matter what type of business one works for or with, accounting is an integral part of running, successfully, every type of business.
Accounting research performed by accounting professionals and by our faculty members in the Department of Accounting and Finance include but are not limited to:
Many people associate finance with a career on Wall Street. Ultimately, however, finance teaches students how to help people and companies raise money and invest it. Finance research is broad in scope and includes many aspects such as:
People often think that marketers are focused solely on advertising and selling products. However, marketing serves a critical role for business, non-profit organizations, and society. Research in the marketing area of the Department of Management & Marketing within the School of Business Administration studies how companies and organizations determine their underlying models for earning revenue/funding, which target markets to serve, how they communicate their value propositions to customers and other stakeholders regarding their mission and products/services, and how customers interpret and respond to those communications. Marketing research deals with questions such as:
Almost every organization-- public, private, government, large, medium or small – relies pervasively on computing and information systems. Individuals do too, with smart phones, Facebook, e-mail and such. Technology is so pervasive that the field of MIS is both broad and deep, and ever changing. The research is too. The Management Information Systems (MIS) department within the School of Business Administration challenges students to research how these systems operate, how they are controlled, and how they are secured, in a world that is getting ever more connected and ever more complex.
Current students are studying the attributes of a local MIS consulting firm that consults for national clients on a competitive basis out of Missoula, MT; this consulting firm hires two to three students every semester out of the MIS program. How is this company successful? What talents and skills do our MIS students bring that add value to the company? Can this company be replicated in other Montana cities or other states, or are there unique issues/attributes present?
Another research topic is how organizations innovate with management information systems in a way that adds value, not only to the organization, but also to the individual doing the innovating.
As a group, our faculty examines all sorts of issues that are impacted by technology including:
Research in management is concerned with the behavior of people in organizations: perceptions, processes, decisions and outcomes. Management involves planning, organizing, staffing, leading or directing, and controlling intra- and inter-organizational systems and activities. The main areas of management include Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Organization Theory, International Management, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, spanning small businesses to large corporations to the non-profit and governmental sectors.
The central question in Strategic Management concerns why some firms outperform others, why some succeed when others fail. Strategic Management takes into consideration a firm's external environment, internal resources and capabilities, and the fit among the two necessary to achieve long-term competitive advantage. It also addresses topics related to the development of innovation and organizational creativity. The Entrepreneurship field is concerned with understanding how actors can identify entrepreneurial opportunities and capture them under circumstances of resource constraints. International Management research includes theory, research, and practice of management with a cross-border or cross-cultural dimension, taking into consideration the political, cultural, social, economic and other institutional forces that can impact organizations in a global marketplace.
Specific topics addressed by SoBA faculty include:
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