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The Bentley Research Council

Bentley University's Research Agenda

Bentley University is an internationally recognized business university committed to intellectual contributions that reflect the institution’s focus on fusion. Faculty regularly collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines to produce scholarly work that explores complex issues from a transdisciplinary perspective. Lenses developed through deep connections and potential unification of arts & sciences and business faculties. This fusion across research disciplines expands critical thinking capacity; develops communication, collaboration and implementation capability; and cultivates an ability to make connections across seemingly, disparate perspectives – an ability essential for finding innovative solutions to the challenges of our time.


The mission of the Research Council is to provide intellectual leadership on research at Bentley University. The council does this through the following three interrelated activities aligned with the university’s vision, mission and strategy:

  • Develop and articulate a perspective on why research is essential to continuing and enhancing the achievement of Bentley’s mission.
  • Present a clear vision of what constitutes quality research at Bentley and position this vision within the broader context of faculty scholarship.
  • Support Bentley faculty as they pursue and enhance the quality of their research endeavors and advise academic leadership about actions and platforms needed to further Bentley’s research agenda.

As a celebration of the accomplishments of our faculty, Bentley’s Annual Research Report reaffirms the university's commitment to scholarship that makes a difference for business and society. Additionally, Bentley's Annual Research Colloquium affords faculty and students the opportunity to present and share their current research. Building on the foundation of the highly successful Bentley Research Colloquia of 2013 and 2014, the Bentley Research Council organized the 2015 Bentley Research Colloquium on Sustainable Worlds: Individual, Business, Societal, and Scientific Perspectives on October 30, 2015. The colloquium showcased a broad intersection of research topics and approaches by Bentley faculty and PhD students. It brought together Bentley faculty, staff, and students with key members of external stakeholder groups to highlight Bentley’s research within this important topic area, to identify synergies and collaboration opportunities, and to develop Bentley’s research agenda related to sustainability further.

The 2015 Bentley Research Colloquium on October 30, 2015 highlighted the variety of sustainability-related scholarly work conducted by faculty and students representing most academic departments within Bentley University.

The event accomplished the following:

  • Engaged the participants in a conversation regarding the importance of sustainability in business and society and the future direction of sustainability research
  • Demonstrated both internally and externally the breadth and the depth of the scholarly work on and related to sustainability that is currently ongoing at Bentley University
  • Created opportunities for Bentley scholars to find synergies and collaboration opportunities between their projects and related initiatives both internally and externally
  • Developed further the agenda of Bentley’s research related to sustainability. 

Researchers representing numerous academic departments within Bentley University do scholarly work related to sustainability.  The 2015 Bentley Research Colloquium highlighted this work to internal and external audiences and engaged the participants in a conversation regarding the future direction of sustainability–related research.

In addition to multiple sessions featuring Bentley faculty and PhD student speakers, the event brought to campus a prominent keynote speaker, Mr. Jonas Haertle, Head of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) secretariat of the United Nations Global Compact Office. He is responsible for driving the mission of the PRME initiative, to inspire responsible management edcuation, research, and thought leadership globally. The event also featured welcome remarks by Bentley University President Gloria Cordes Larson and Bentley University Provost Michael J. Page.

As chair of Bentley’s Research Council, I think you will find ample evidence of Bentley’s goals for, and achievements in, high-quality scholarship that makes a difference for business and society.


Marcia M. Cornett, Chair of the Research Council
The Robert A. and Julia E. Dorn Professor of Finance

Bentley Research Council Members

Marcia M. Cornett
Robert A. and Julia E. Dorn Professor of Finance,Research Council Chair
Professor William Wiggins, Research Council Coordinator, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Ordinary Members:
Jean Bedard, Timothy B. Harbert Professor of Accountancy
Marcia Cornett, Robert & Julia Dorn Professor of Finance 
Professor Dhaval Dave, Stanton Research Professor of Economics
Professor Jennifer Gillan, Department of English and Media Studies
Associate Professor Ranjoo Herr, Department of Philosophy
Professor Fred Ledley, Natural and Applied Sciences, Director, Center for ISI
Associate Professor Tatiana Manolova, Department of Management
Sandeep Purao, Trustee Professor of Information and Process Management
Professor Anne Rawls, Department of Sociology
Professor Heikki Topi, Department of Computer Information Systems
Professor Cyrus Richard Veeser, Department of History
Associate Professor Lan Xia, Department of Marketing

Ex-officio Members:

Professor Martin Conyon, PhD Program Director, Department of Management
Professor Daniel Everett, Co-Provost and Dean of Arts & Sciences
Hope Houston, Interim Director, Library
Associate Professor Vicki Lafarge, Associate Provost
Gaurav Shah, Interim Director, Academic Technology Center
Professor Roy (Chip) Wiggins III, Co-Provost and Dean of Business
Professor William Wiggins, Research Council Coordinator, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs                                                                                                                        

Administrative Support:

Susan Capolino-Cocuzzo, Sr. Academic Coordinator