Business Policy & Practice Research Forum

Business Policy & Practice Research

The Business Policy & Practice Research Forum aims to produce and disseminate relevant and accessible research for business practitioners as well as policy makers.  The Forum provides a non-partisan venue for faculty members to jointly collaborate with members of the business community and develop practical solutions and business policies which address contemporary issues. By supporting and enabling joint research between academia, business, governments and students, the forum offers solution-oriented knowledge and practices which are relevant to business leadership.

For more information regarding individual research projects as well as upcoming webinars please click on the links below. 

Structural Causes of Student Debt

40 million Americans owe student debts that total $1.2 trillion. Many of them find it difficult to repay these loans; it’s estimated that 41% of the class of 2005 is now delinquent. Many observers consider this to be a crisis-in-waiting. This paper researches the underlying structural causes of the student debt crisis and proposes policy recommendations for addressing them.  Click on the tabs below to see more information on this white paper. 

Exploring Social Media in B2B Sales

Researchers explored the question of how salespeople used social media to advance their B2B sales goals; what was the interplay between individual and company-level social media efforts; and what challenges, sales people faced in social media usage. They provide diagnostic tools to assess companies’ and salespeople’s social selling preparedness and suggest remedial actions to improve social media usage in B2B sales.  Click on the tabs below to see more information on this white paper. 

IFRS Adoption on Corporate Cost of Capital

The adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) by over one hundred countries, which constitute 96 percent of the global GDP, since 2005 is the most significant development in accounting history. Supporters argue that an adoption of a single set of accounting rules could greatly reduce cost of capital in the global financial markets, which is especially beneficial for those in developing economies.  The goal of this paper is to empirically examine the validity of such a claim. Click on the tabs below to see more information on this white paper. 

Instructional Hours at School and Childhood Weight

Researchers study the effect of minimum school instructional hours set by states on childhood overweight and obesity.  Click on the tabs below to see more information on this white paper. 

Voluntary ESG Disclosures on Financial Performance

BPPI researchers developed and tested a model to explain why firms choose to voluntarily disclose information about their ESG (environmental, social, and governance) activities, how such voluntary disclosures affect market participants, and what impacts voluntary disclosures have on financial performance.  Click on the tabs below to see more information on this white paper