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Research and Academic Centers

Faculty at the Stuart School of Business in Chicago engage in dynamic, collaborative research across disciplines. Focus areas include high frequency finance, sustainable enterprise, management science, and marketing analytics. The Faculty Research Report details journal articles published since 2013.

Stuart's research centers engage with industry partners on research projects and programming to meet the needs of the next economy.

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THE Center for Advancing Corporate Performance

One of the major challenges of academic research in management is that work that is considered sufficiently rigorous to be published in top-rank academic journals is often not considered relevant (and is often never known) by senior executives who could make use of its findings; while research that may be highly relevant and useful to practitioners is often not considered sufficiently rigorous for academic publication.

The Center for Advancing Corporate Performance (CACP) bridges this divide by recruiting experienced executives, who value academic research, and who are willing to engage with faculty and students to define the scope of research projects so that they are both rigorous and relevant, and that bridge the gap between theory and practice and between academia and business.  In other words, by tackling the research questions put forth our members, and incorporating the wealth of data collected by our partners, CACP engages in groundbreaking intellectual work; work that is valuable to academics training the next generation of managers, as well as to current senior executives and directors charged with making more effective business decisions for their firms.

The Center for Financial Innovation

Financial innovation has been vigorously debated since the financial crisis of 2008. The Center for Financial Innovation (CFI) takes a comprehensive and objective look at the history of financial innovation, providing a central location for scholars, practitioners, media, and the general public to explore the many innovations that serve as the foundation for our global financial system. The Center will provide data, video interviews, and an Encyclopedia of Financial Innovation through the Center's website, which is currently in development.

Formerly named the Center for Financial Markets, and established in 1998 as the Center for Law and Financial Markets, the CFI has evolved from the vision of John A. (Jack) Wing, a financial and educational innovator in his own right. Jack Wing served as Chairman of Chicago Corp, of ABN AMRO Inc., Trustee of Illinois Tech, and the first Director of the Center for Law and Financial Markets.

The Center for Strategic Competitiveness

The Center for Strategic Competitiveness develops global partnerships to enhance innovation and creativity, and is the foundation for Stuart’s strategically competitive curriculum. The Center’s mission is to develop Strategic Competitiveness into an approach to business that will enhance the ability of individuals, organizations, and governmental units to be proactive and innovative in addressing global market challenges in the next economy. In 2014, the Center for Sustainable Enterprise became part of the Center for Strategic Competitiveness, creating opportunities to implement practical and equitable business strategies that advance ecological sustainability, while fostering our current and future economic viability.

The Center for Strategic Finance

The Center for Strategic Finance focuses on strategy in financial markets as a new discipline, building upon theoretical concepts drawn from traditional finance, strategic management, game theory, and computer science. CSF fellows are asking new questions about financial markets in light of the quantification (and automation) of trading, execution, and risk management strategies. They are developing new theories that are shaping the future of finance. There is no better place to study strategic finance than Chicago, which is a primary location for the research and development of strategies in financial markets.