Ourso Research

Innovative research that speaks directly to the enduring challenges and developing opportunities of our time.

The E. J. Ourso College of Business’s body of research strengthens the university’s priorities, generating impactful and timely knowledge that is applicable to local business communities and beyond. 

Our world-class faculty represent a wide range of academic and subject-matter experts. We seek to elevate the college’s expertise and research presence locally and nationally by expanding our scholarly activity and ensuring our research is relevant to business leaders and policymakers. 


Ourso Research News

Recent research from the E. J. Ourso College of Business is helping create the gameplan needed to save Louisiana's coastline, starting with the workforce. How do we build the labor force necessary to help save our coast, and what skills do they need to bring to bear?

In the dynamic landscape of technological innovation, the birth of new industries often hinges on groundbreaking inventions. However, not all inventions are created equally in shaping the trajectory of these budding industries. A recent research study co-authored by Rucks Department of Management Assistant Professor Charlotte Jacobs sheds light on a crucial question: Do inventions from startups or established firms have a more significant impact on driving subsequent innovations within emerging industries?

The Department of Economics within the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business launched the Louisiana Economy Forecasting Model in 2023 as a service to the state.

The financial system constitutes a nexus of governance devices that serve to facilitate the flow of funds to firms seeking external financing, while protecting investors' interests.

Outside of the classroom, Department of Finance Professor Don Chance has made a name for himself as an accomplished author, publishing numerous scholarly articles and textbooks, with one of his main focuses being financial derivatives.

Organizational climate, or how people believe they are expected to act and interact with each other at work, is one of the most widely studied concepts in business and psychology.


Innovation is our business.

The E. J. Ourso College of Business is an innovative hub for research activity.

Our faculty are published in top-tier journals and are frequently quoted in major news outlets. We leverage the college’s collective research expertise to develop content that supports the university’s strategic priorities and is valuable and relevant to business leaders and policymakers.

Our goal is to advance the interests of the state of Louisiana by serving as a center of expertise for business, community, and policymakers on matters related to economic growth, innovation, and sustainability.

Explore select publications from each of our academic disciplines.

Accounting Economics ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Finance Information Systems & Decision Sciences Management
Marketing Public Administration


Driving thought leadership through insightful conversations.

Ourso Research Seminar Series

Our academic departments host a wide range of esteemed scholars to present and discuss research findings in their respective fields. Our various Research Seminar Series provide students, faculty, and professionals with thought leadership and unique perspectives to broaden their knowledge, skills, and networks.


Leading the discovery and dissemination of business research.

Ourso Journal Editors

E. J. Ourso College of Business faculty serve as editors of a wide range of academic journals. Our journal editors are successful, respected scholars who drive innovation and provide critical thought leadership to premier peer-reviewed publications.

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Amplifying our impact with focused, specialized expertise.

Ourso Knowledge Centers & Institutes

Our research centers and institutes serve as headquarters for innovative research. These units make a positive difference in business policy and practice and serve as scholarly thought leaders to business and governmental organizations. Collectively, we are producing critical economic forecasting, training future entrepreneurs and sales leaders, and developing software that revolutionize entire industries, to name a few. Explore the important work of our centers and institutes.

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Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety

The Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety (CARTS) is responsible for collecting, maintaining, integrating, analyzing, and distributing crash-related data captured from law enforcement and other agencies throughout the state of Louisiana. CARTS utilizes this data to develop business intelligence (BI) and GIS tools, perform research studies, and produce an annual factbook. These tools and publications are used by decision-makers to identify potential problem areas, create countermeasures, set policies, and establish programs to improve the safety of our roadways in Louisiana. 

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Center for Internal Auditing & Cybersecurity Risk Management

The LSU Center for Internal Auditing & Cybersecurity Risk Management is considered the premier internal auditing program in the world. This innovative center offers programs for students and industry professionals to develop a philosophical and functional understanding of internal auditing, compliance, and risk management at an enterprise scale. 

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 Center for Economics, Business, & Policy Research

The Center for Economics, Business, and Policy Research conducts applied business, economics, and public affairs research. Our mission is to provide relevant, timely research and insights that inform decision-making, shape policy, and advance the fields of business, economics, and public affairs, ultimately improving the overall health and well-being of the state of Louisiana and its residents.

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Professional Sales Institute

The Professional Sales Institute is a partnership between LSU and industry, dedicated to discovering and disseminating sales knowledge and developing professional sales leaders. PSI is committed to conducting cutting-edge scientific analysis on the sales profession and providing insights on state-of-the-art methods to build and maintain a competitive edge in the sales force. 

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Real Estate Research Institute

The Real Estate Research Institute studies trends in the Louisiana real estate market to benefit growth and development throughout the state. RERI is often recognized for publications in premier U.S. real estate journals.

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Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute

The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute offers several programs for students and the community designed to promote innovative approaches to identifying needs and solving problems through an entrepreneurial view of opportunity, recognition, and realization. 

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The constant pursuit of discovery at LSU.

Central Hub for Research at LSU

The LSU Office of Research and Economic Development is a centralized administrative unit facilitating the scholarly and research enterprise of the university faculty. ORED also enhances the undergraduate and graduate student learning experience through research. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The E. J. Ourso College of Business encourages undergraduate student research efforts through the LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Program. We support student participation with faculty mentors, resources, and funding. Explore the LSU Discover Program to learn about becoming a researcher at LSU.