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PhD Research

At Bentley University, you’ll join a world-class research community that examines the modern business world through its relationship with the arts and sciences.

Bentley faculty produce research that is relevant, rigorous, diverse and, because of the integrative nature of our academic community, often trans-disciplinary in nature. These characteristics are evident within each of the university’s 17 academic departments, and exemplified by the researchers and research topics that each department has elected to highlight. It is common for PhD students to co-author papers with the members of their respective committees and this collaboration enhances the richness of departmental scholarship.

Bentley offers many multidisciplinary research centers, institutes, and labs where students can explore topics from ethics to science, doctoral students also participate in Bentley's annual research symposium and research showcase. Our research centers and labs include:

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PhD in Accounting Research

Research topics for the PhD in Accounting include, but are not limited to, audit quality, management control, investor decision-making, accounting information systems, information technology controls, tax, and corporate governance.

Scholarship in the Department of Accounting has several areas of focus. Archival and database research, for example, uses existing corporate accounting information and/or stock market information to analyze corporate governance behavior or firm reaction to changes in the accounting environment or accounting rules. Behavioral research employs experiments and surveys to gather behavior data. A strong relationship between the department and the accounting profession has facilitated access to accounting professional research subjects not available to other institutions. Finally, faculty undertake Accounting pedagogical research that produces widely uses accounting cases and textbooks as well as articles reporting on curricular innovations at Bentley.

The Department of Accounting is nationally ranked in audit research and accounting education research as measured by the most recent Brigham Young University Accounting Research Ranking study. Department members publish in a variety of journals, including Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Financial Studies, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Accounting Horizons, Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research, Issues in Accounting Education, Current Issues in Auditing, Journal of Investigative and Forensic Accounting, and the Managerial Auditing Journal

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Recent Accounting Publications

A selection of published collaborative research between Bentley Accounting Faculty and PhD Students and Alumni:

  • Andiola, L. M., Bedard, J. C., Kremin, J. (2021). Coaching Quality and Subordinate Work Attitudes in the Multiple Supervisor Audit Context . Accounting Horizons
  • Burke, J. J., R. Hoitash, U. Hoitash, and X. Xiao. (2021). The costs and benefits of retirement policies at U.S. audit firms. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.
  • Fedorowicz, J., Gray, J. The MSA is Dead. Long Live the MSA(A)!. Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting (forthcoming)
  • Hoitash, R., Hoitash, U., Morris, L. (2021). V. eXtensible Business Reporting Language: A Review and Directions for Future Research. Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory. Forthcoming.
  • Sumantra, S., Gray, J., Boss, S. R., Daly, E. (2021). Developing Institutional Skills for Addressing Big Data: Experiences in Implementation of AACSB Standard 5. Journal of Accounting Education.
  • Alberti, C. T., J. C. Bedard, O. Bik, and A. Vanstraelen. (2020). Audit Firm Culture: Recent Developments and Trends in the Literature. European Accounting Review: 1-51.
  • Burke, J., Hoitash, R., Hoitash, U. (2020). The use and characteristics of foreign component auditors in U.S. multinational audits: Insights from Form AP disclosures. Contemporary Accounting Research, 37 (4), 2398-2437. 
  • Durkin, M., Rose, J., Thibodeau, J. (2020) Can Simple Metaphors Be Used as Decision Aids to Promote Professional Skepticism?, Journal of Information Systems34(1), 47-60.
  • Gantman, S., Fedorowicz, J. (2020). Determinants and Success Factors of IT Outsourcing in the Public Sector . Communications of the Association of Information Systems, 47 (1), 14.
  • Hunter, K. E., Alberti, C. T., Boss, S. R., Thibodeau, J. C. (2020). Intelliclean: A Teaching Case Designed to Integrate Data Cleaning and Spreadsheet Skills into the Audit Curriculum. Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting, 17 (2), 1-7.
  • Parlee, M., Rose, J., Thibodeau, J. C. (2020). Can Simple Metaphors Be Used as Decision Aids to Promote Professional Skepticism? Journal of Information Systems, Volume 34 (Number 1), 47-60.
  • Stuart, A. C., Bedard, J. C., & Clark, C. E. (2020). Corporate social responsibility disclosures and investor judgments in difficult times: The role of ethical culture and assurance. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-18.
  • Andiola, L. M., Bedard, J. C., Westermann, K. (2019). It's not my fault! Insights into subordinate auditors' attributions and emotions following audit review. (1 ed., vol. 38, pp.1-27). Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory
  • Burke, J., , R., Hoitash, U. (2019). Audit Partner Identification and Characteristics: Evidence from U.S. Form AP Filings. Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, 38 (3), 71-94. 
  • Burke, J., Hoitash, R., Hoitash, U. (2019). Auditor response to negative media coverage of client environmental, social, and governance practices. Accounting Horizon, 33 (3), 1-23. 
  • Burke, J., Hoitash, R., Hoitash, U. (2019). The heterogeneity of board-level sustainability committees and corporate social performance. Journal of Business Ethics, 154 (4), 1161-1186. 
  • Cannon, N. H., Bedard, J. C., & Schnader, A. (2019). Auditor Reporting and Regulatory Sanctions in the Broker-Dealer Industry: From Self-Regulation to PCAOB Oversight. Contemporary Accounting Research, 36(4), 2554–2587. 
  • Downey, D. H., and J. C. Bedard. (2019). Coordination and communication challenges in global group audits. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory 38 (1): 123-147.
  • Garrett, J., Livingston, J. A., Tayler, W. B. (2019). Controls and cooperation in interactive and non-interactive settings. Contemporary Accounting Research, 36 (4). 
  • Morris, L. and R. Hoitash. (2019). The impact of the flu on audit employee productivity and Big Four firm output. Accounting Today.
  • Thibodeau, J. C., Williams, T., Witte, A. L. (2019). Point and Click Data: An Assessment of Editorial Perceptions and Recommendations for the Peer-Review Process in the New Data Frontier. Journal of Information Systems, 33 (1): 129-144.
  • Tien-Shih Hsieh, Zhihong Wang, and Mohammad J. Abdolmohammadi.  (2019). Does the XBRL disclosure management solution influence earnings release efficiency and earnings management? International Journal of Accounting and Information Management, 27(1): 74-95.
  • Andiola, L. M., Bedard, J. C. (2018). Delivering the “Tough Message”: Moderators of Subordinate Auditors’ Reactions to Feedback. (vol. 70, pp.52-68). Accounting, Organizations and Society.
  • Andiola, L. M., Downey, D. H., Spilker, B. C., Noga, T. J. (2018). The Interactive Effects of Feedback Sign and Source on Indian Tax Professionals’ Satisfaction: A Social Identity Perspective. (2 ed., vol. 30, pp.1-21). Behavioral Research in Accounting.
  • Bierstaker, J. L., D. H. Downey, J. Rose, and J. C. Thibodeau. (2018). Does reading a story or a checklist result in superior knowledge structure development? Implications for judgment and decision making. Journal of Information Systems 32 (2) 1-24.
  • Fedorowicz, J., Sawyer, S., Tomasino, A. (2018). Governance Patterns of U.S. Public Safety Networks: A Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis. Journal of Information Technology, 33 (4), 326-344.
  • Mentzer, K., Williams, C. B., Fedorowicz, J. (2019). Police Use of Social Media: Comparing Classification Methods. Issues in Information Systems, 20 (3), 175-185. 
  • Tien-Shih Hsieh, Zhihong Wang, and Mohammad J. Abdolmohammadi.  (2018). Factors associated with XBRL Implementation Strategies. Journal of Information Systems.
  • Williams, C. B., Fedorowicz, J., Kavanaugh, A., Mentzer, K., Thatcher, J. B., Xu, J. (2018). Leveraging Social Media to Achieve a Community Policing Agenda. Government Information Quarterly, 35 (2), 210-222.
  • Xianwang Shi, Zheng Liu, and Min Zhu. (2018). Does Auditors’ Busyness Affect Audit Opinion? Empirical Evidence of Individual Auditors’ Limited Attention on A-shared Listed Firms. Audit & Economy Research, 2018(1): 34 - 43.
  • Asare, K. N.,Abdolmohammadi, M. J., (2017). Auditor Tenure and Financial Reporting Fraud: Pre and Post SOX 2002, Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting.
  • Cannon, N. H., & Bedard, J. C. (2017). Auditing Challenging Fair Value Measurements: Evidence from the Field. The Accounting Review92(4), 81–114. 
  • Hux, C. (2017). Use of specialists on audit engagements: A research synthesis and directions for future research. Journal of Accounting Literature 39 (C): 23-51.
  • Mohammad J. Abdolmohammadi, Steven M. Desimone, Tien-Shih Hsieh, and Zhihong Wang. (2017). Factors associated with the internal audit function’s involvement with XBRL implementation in public companies: An international study. International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, 25, 45-56.
  • Tomasino, A., Fedorowicz, J., Williams, C. B. (2017). “Public Sector Shared Services Move Out of the "Back-Office": The Role of Public Policy and Mission Criticality. The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, 48 (3), 83-109.
  • Burke, J. J., and C. E. Clark. (2016). The business case for integrated reporting: Insights from leading practitioners, regulators, and academics. Business Horizons 59(3): 273-283.
  • Gantman, S., Fedorowicz, J. (2016). Communications and Control in Outsourced IS Development Projects: Mapping to COBIT Domains. International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, 21, 63-83.
  • Schnader, A. L., Westermann, K., Hanes, D., Thibodeau, J. C. (2016). Training Teacher-Scholars: A Mentorship Program. Issues in Accounting Education, Volume 31 (Number 2), 171-190. 
  • Westermann, K. and J. Thibodeau. (2016).  Extra Credit Opportunities: A Tool to Motivate Group Interaction in the Classroom. Current Issues in Auditing 10(2): I1-I13

PhD in Business Research

Research within the context of the PhD in Business program will probe some of the most compelling issues in business today, all under the interdisciplinary umbrella theme of business, technology and society.

Within this umbrella theme you can concentrate in any of the business disciplines, including:

  • Business Analytics
  • Information Systems (including Information and Process Management, Computer Information Systems and Information Design)
  • Management (including Organizational Behavior, Strategy, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Theory, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Business Ethics)
  • Marketing

Below you will find additional information about our research and concentration areas and research being conducted by the departments and doctoral students.

Business Analytics

Through our Business Analytics specialization we actively mentor PhD candidates in their research, teaching and networking activities. In particular, business analytics PhD candidates benefit from involvement in the Data Analytics Research Team (DART), and in projects with the Center for Quantitative Analysis. Interdisciplinary applied research that’s relevant to business practice is a strength of the department. Possible projects could include business problems arising in areas such as marketing, finance, health care and economics that can be addressed through the innovative application of quantitative methodologies. Each project leverages expertise in cutting-edge quantitative methods to make a contribution both to the area of business analytics and the specific business area represented by the relevant data.

Information Systems (IPM & CIS)

Bentley has a strong commitment to Information Systems, with two departments — Information and Process Management and Computer Information Systems— specializing in IS research and teaching. Preference will be given to highly qualified PhD applicants with particular interest in conducting research on digital innovation, the management of business analytics, and the future of work. Research aimed at the ways in which IT is transforming business practice, inspiring innovation, shaping knowledge creation, and influencing the complex mechanisms of communication, collaboration and information management.

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Examples of possible IS related research topics include, but is not limited to:

Design and Implementation of Applications and Infrastructures
Examples include the design of collaboration-enabling technology, software and model reuse in an enterprise architecture context, the development of organizational and industry IT architectures, management of globally distributed software development, the development and implementation of technical standards.

Individual User Experience of IT
Examples include the use of IT to enhance creativity, the use of IT for marketing, the effects of online shopping tools on consumer decision-making, the usability of web search systems, the pedagogical use of handheld computing technology, collaboration theory as a foundation for usable enterprise systems.

IT-Enabled Business Process Management
Examples include process modeling, analysis and redesign; business process management and workflow technology; auditing of systems that support business processes; control issues related to business processes and systems; the role of IT, metrics and change management in business process management.

Policy and Societal Implications of IT
Examples include critical infrastructure protection, privacy, the development of technology and industry standards, the role of telecommunications in economic development and globalization, the social consequences of globally distributed work and digital media, protection of digital intellectual property.

Business Innovation and Information Management
Examples include strategic use of IT, designing and managing IT-enabled organizational transformation, requirements determination for business applications of IT, investing in IT architectures for business value, global IT sourcing, using IT to support globally distributed enterprises, and inter-organizational collaborations, project management and change management.


Bentley’s Management department is an inclusive community committed to producing high-quality research and training PhD students. Departmental research interests include: Diversity and Global Cultures; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance; Leadership and Change; Organizational Behavior and Careers; Strategic Management; Supply Chain and Service Operations Management; and Teaching and Learning.

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Faculty members have published in such top academic journals as; Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, The Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Management Science, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organization Studies, Operations Research, The European Journal of Operational Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, The Journal of World Business, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, Long Range Planning, Research Policy, Business and Society, and Business Ethics Quarterly. 


Through our Marketing specialization in the Bentley PhD program in Business, you might take specialized courses in consumer behavior, brand management and then a course related to your specific dissertation area within marketing. The marketing faculty portfolio of research interests, from brand and relationship management to international marketing, represents a wide-ranging perspective of the marketing discipline, a perspective that ultimately benefits, the university, the discipline and society. Marketing Department faculty support the mission of Bentley and contribute to the discipline of marketing by pursuing innovative and insightful research on how organizations produce, deliver and sustain value for consumers, other organizations and society.

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PhD in Business: Collaborative Research Publications

A selection of published collaborative research between Bentley Faculty and Business PhD Students and Alumni:

  • Bai, Z. (2021). Does frequent prayer help reduce alcohol use? Heterogeneity in religious contexts and drinking styles. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 1-13.
  • Bai, Z. (2021). Does robo-advisory help reduce the likelihood of carrying a credit card debt? Evidence from an instrumental variable approach. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 29, 100461.
  • Li, M., Wang, Y., Ndiwane, N., Orner, M. B., Palacios, N., Mittler, B., ... & Xia, W. (2021). The association of COVID-19 occurrence and severity with the use of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin-II receptor blockers in patients with hypertension. Plos one, 16(3), e0248652.
  • Marabelli, M., Vaast, E., & Li, J. L. (2021). Preventing the digital scars of COVID-19. European Journal of Information Systems, 1-17.
  • Bai, Z. (2020). The impact of different drinking habits on marijuana use among college-aged youths. The Social Science Journal, 1-22.
  • Bai, Z., & Wallbaum, K. (2020). "Optimizing Pension Outcomes Using Target‐Driven Investment Strategies: Evidence from Three Asian Countries with the Highest Old‐Age Dependency Ratio". Asia‐Pacific Journal of Financial Studies, 49(4), 652-682.
  • Biedova, O., & Steblovskaya, V. (2020). Multiplier optimization for constant proportion portfolio insurance (CPPI) strategy. International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, 23(02), 2050011.
  • Donnelly, R., Manolova, T. S. (2020). Foreign Location Decisions through an Institutional Lens: A Systematic Review and Future Research Agenda. International Business Review, 29 (4), Article 101619.
  • Fedorenko, I., Berthon, P., & Edelman, L. (2020). Hide and uncover: the use of secrets in marketing. Journal of Marketing Management, 36(7-8), 682-704.
  • Mentzer, K., Frydenberg, M. E., Yates, D. J. (2020). Teaching Applications and Implications of Blockchain via Project-Based Learning: A Case Study. Information Systems Education Journal, 18 (6), 57-98. (link)
  • Mentzer, K., Wang, Y., & Haughton, D. (2020). Interlocking Boards and the Corporate Elite: A 20-Year Analysis of the S&P 500. Issues in Information Systems, 21(4).
  • Nan, W. V., Zhu, X., Markus, M. (2020). What We Know and Don’t Know about the Socioeconomic Impacts of Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Literature Review. Electronic Journal of IS in Developing Countries.
  • Steblovskaya, V. R., Biedova, O. (2020). Multiplier Optimization for Constant Proportion Portfolio Insurance (CPPI) Strategy. The International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, 23 (2), 22.
  • Sultanow, E., Duane, J., & Chircu, A. (2020). Skills for Sustainable Enterprise Architectures in a VUCA World. WI2020 Community Tracks, 224–239
  • Wang, E. J., Berthon, P. R., & Bechwati, N. N. (2020). The effect of mindfulness on service encounter quality. Journal of Services Marketing.
  • Awazu Y., Mariano Stefania, Newell Sue, (2019). The Mediating Role of Artifacts in Position Practice at Work: Examples From a Project-based Context, Information and Management, 56 (4) 602-613.
  • Bai, Z., Jain, N., Kurdyukov, R., Walton, J., Wang, Y., Wasson, T. K., Zhu, X., Chircu, A. M. (2019). Conducting Systematic Literature Reviews in Information Systems: An Analysis of Guidelines. Issues in Information Systems.20(3), 83-93.
  • Berthon, P., Pehlivan, E., Yalcin, T., Rabinovich, T. (2019). True, fake and alternative: a topology of news and its implications for brands. Journal of Product & Brand Management.
  • Mentzer, K., Fedorowicz, J., & Williams, C. (2019). Police Use of Social Media: Comparing Classification Methods. Issues in Information Systems, 20(3).
  • Stein, M. K., Wagner, E. L., Tierney, P., Newell, S., & Galliers, R. D. (2019). Datification and the Pursuit of Meaningfulness in Work. Journal of Management Studies, 56(3), 685-717.
  • Colleen M Ryan, Austin Lee, Frederick J Stoddard, Nien Chen Li, Jeffrey C Schneider, Gabriel D Shapiro, Cornelia L Griggs, Chao Wang, Tina Palmieri, Walter J Meyer, Frank S Pidcock, Debra Reilly, Robert L Sheridan, Lewis E Kazis, Ronald G Tompkins.(2018). Multi-Center Benchmarking Study Group; The Effect of Facial Burns on Long-Term Outcomes in Young Adults: A 5-Year Study, Journal of Burn Care & Research, Volume 39, Issue 4, 13 June 2018, Pages 497–50.
  • Edelman, L. F., Donnelly, R., Manolova, T. S., Brush, C. G. (2018). Gender Stereotypes in the Angel Investment Process. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 10 (2), 134-157.
  • Fedorowicz, J., Sawyer, S., Tomasino, A. (2018). Governance Patterns of U.S. Public Safety Networks: A Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis. Journal of Information Technology, 33 (4), 326-344.
  • Galliers, R. D., Stein, M. (2018). Information Systems: To Be, or Not To Be, a Science? Is that the Question? Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 43 (12), 197-204. (link)
  • McLaughlin, M. D., & Gogan, J. (2018). Challenges and best practices in information security management. MIS Quarterly Executive, 17(3), 237-262.
  • Perrault, E. and Quinn, M. (2018).  "What firms have been doing?  Exploring what the KLD data report about firms' corporate social performance (CSP) in the period 2000-2010", Business & Society, 57(5), 890-928.
  • Primus, D., Stavrulaki, E. (2018). Connecting Product Development and Supply Chain sub-processes to improve New Product Introductions: The impact of connection intensity and timing. Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal (19(2)), 142-159.
  • Quinn, M. A., Perrault, E. (2018). A Descriptive Approach to Corporate Social Performance: Not Slack Investments Nor Good Management, but a Virtuous Cycle. Business and Society.
  • Williams, C. B., Fedorowicz, J., Kavanaugh, A., Mentzer, K., Thatcher, J. B., Xu, J. (2018). Leveraging Social Media to Achieve a Community Policing Agenda. Government Information Quarterly, 35 (2), 210-222.
  • Fedorenko, I. & Berthon, P. (2017). Beyond the expected benefits: unpacking value co-creation in crowdsourcing business models. AMS Review. December 2017. Vol. 7, Issue 3-4, pp.183-194.
  • Fedorenko, I., Berthon, P., & Rabinovich, T. (2017). Crowded identity: Managing crowdsourcing initiatives to maximize value for participants through identity creation. Business Horizons. March 2017. Vol.60, Issue 2, pp.155–165.
  • Larson, B., Leung, O., & Mullane, K. (2017). Tools for teaching virtual teams: a comparative resource review. Management Teaching Review, 2(4), 333-347.
  • Ottley, G., Nasr, N. I. (2017). Teaching an Elevated View of Marketing: Marketing with Customers. Marketing Education Review, 28 (3), 217-229.
  • Pololi, L. H., Evans, A. T., Nickell, L., Reboli, A., Coplit, L. D., Stuber, M., Vasiliou, V., Civian, J. T., Brennan, R. T. (2017).  Assessing the learning environment for medical students: an evaluation of a novel survey instrument in four medical schools. Academic Psychiatry,41(3), 354-359.
  • Primus, D.,Stavrulaki, E., (2017). A product centric examination of alignment decisions at the nexus of product development and supply chains, International Journal of Logistics ManagemenT.
  • Rabinovich, T., Berthon, P., Fedorenko, I. (2017).  Reducing the distance: financial services education in web-extended learning environments . Journal of Financial Services Marketing, 22 (3), 126-131.
  • Todd P. Semla, Austin F Lee, Ronald Gurrera, Laura Bajor, Mingfei Li, Donald R. Miller, Eric G. Smith, Chao Wang, Yun Wan, Lewis E. Kazis Mark S. Bauer (2017),  Off-Label Prescribing of second-Generation Antipsychotics to Elderly Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Dementia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 08/2017.
  • Wong, W., Pepe, J. T., Englander, I. S. (2017). Raising the Bar: Challenging Students in a Capstone Project Course With an Android and Mobile Web Parallel Development Team Project. ISEDJ, 15 (6), 27
  • Jurgens, M., Berthon, P., Edleman, L. (2016). Social Media Revolutions: The Influence Of Secondary Stakeholders. Business Horizons, 59 (2), 129–136.
  • Lutafali, S., Pogvara, Q., & Khoja, F. (2016). Expanding Role of Microfinance Institutions to Combat Multidimensional Poverty. International Journal of Ecological Economics and Statistics, 37(2), 1-10.
  • Perrault, E. and Clark, C. (2016). “Environmental shareholder activism: Considering status and reputation in firm responsiveness”, Organization & Environment, 29(2), 194-211.
  • Skaletsky, M. ., Galliers, R. D., Haughton, D. M., Soremekun, O. (2016). Exploring the Predictors of the International Digital Divide . Journal of Global Information Technology Management, 19 (1), 44-67. b
  • Stein, M., Galliers, R. D., Whitley, E. (2016). Twenty years of the European Information Systems academy at ECIS: Emergent trends and research topics. European Journal of Information Systems, 25 (1), 1-15. b
  • Wang, E. J., Berthon, P., Leyland, P., McCarthy, I. (2016). Service, emotional labor, and mindfulness. Business Horizon, 59 (6), 655-661.