The research process involves solving ill-structured problems and employing critical thinking and communications skills. Working under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students engage in inquiry in their chosen field of study and complete an original thesis. Select students present their research in public forums such as Elon’s Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF), Eastern Economic Association annual conference and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Eleven percent of Love School of Business majors in the Class of 2019 completed undergraduate research while at Elon.

2019 Theses

“Not all Work Sample Tests are Created Equal: Investigating the Impact of Test Fidelity on the Predictive Validity of Work Sample Tests”
Roxanna Wood ’19 (mentor: Dr. Brian Lyons)

“Exploring the External Complexities of Reducing the Line at Mail Services”
Christian Frey (mentor: Dr. Sean McMahon)

“The Effects of Dispensaries on Surrounding Real Estate Values”
Carson Fawzi ’19 (mentor: Dr. Tonmoy Islam)

“Impacts of Contraception on Women’s Decision-Making Power in Indonesia”
Michaela Fogarty ’19 (mentor: Dr. Steve DeLoach)

“The Impact of Village Loan and Savings Associations (VSLAs) on South Sudanese refugees and Ugandan citizens in Northern Uganda”
Luz R. Mendoza ’19 (mentor: Dr. Steve DeLoach)

“An Analysis of the Relationship between Obesity and Income”
Rodrigo Pires ’19 (mentor: Dr. Mark Kurt)

“The Effects of Micro-Insurance on the Poor’s Ability to Smooth Consumption”
Katelyn Roache ’19 (mentor: Dr. Steve DeLoach)

“Country-of-Origin Effects: The Case of France”
Alice Perseval ’19 (mentor: Dr. Lawrence Garber)

“The Effect of a Dimorphic Response to a Cute Stimulus on Consumer Perception, Liking, and Purchase Intent”
Sophie Scharrer ’19 (mentor: Dr. Lawrence Garber)

“Social Media Usage in Inside Business-to-Business Lead-Generation Efforts: A Qualitative Analysis”
Max Pivonka ’19 (mentor: Dr. Nawar Chaker)

“Ethical Decision Making: Corporate Leadership in the Wealth Management Industry and their ethical responsibility to Investors”
Alec Bijou ’19 (mentor: Dr. Jay O’Toole)

“The Impact of Political Protests on National Football League Television Ratings”
Judah Brown (mentor: Dr. Brandon Sheridan)

“The Impact of Water Quality on the Value and Size of the Blue Crab Fishery in the Chesapeake Bay”
Jacob Crouse ’19 (mentor: Dr. Brooks Depro)

“The Gender Gap in STEM Fields: Female STEM Student Attrition”
Camille Kelley ’19 (mentor: Dr. Katy Rouse)

“The Effects of Mental Health on Academic Achievement of College Students”
Erin Kelly ’19 (mentor: Dr. Katy Rouse)

“The Effects of Divorce on Parental Investment and Children’s Later Life Outcomes”
Morgan Valeo ’19 (mentor: Dr. Katy Rouse)

“Learning from Machines: A Closer Look at Supply Chain Agility in the Era of The Internet of Things”
Annik Westermann ’19 (mentor: Dr. Haya Ajjan)

“The Future of A.I. and Its Implications Regarding People’s Behavior towards This Emerging Technology”
Yann Martail ’19 (mentor: Dr. Jay O’Toole)

“How Strategic Positioning Influences the Commercial Success of Creative Performances”
Tiphaine Soller ’19 (mentor: Dr. Jay O’Toole)

“Understanding Job-Hopping Motives across Cultures and Personality Traits”
Charlotte Jaecker ’19 (mentor: Dr. Robert Moorman)

“Reexamining the Demand for Human Resource Certification in the United States”
Jenna Bayer ’19 (mentor: Dr. Brian Lyons)

“The Relationship Between Education, Experience, and Political Productivity”
Hannah Quinlan ’19 (mentor: Dr. Vitaliy Strohush)

“Effects of the JOBS Act on IPOs of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Firms in the U.S.”
Anthony Potenza (mentor: Dr. Margarita Kaprielyan)

“A Genetic Algorithmic Approach to Statistical Arbitrage Strategies”
Zachary Lahey (mentor: Dr. Adam Aiken)

“The Impact of Venture Capital Funding Patterns on Innovation and Success”
Clarence Mourot ’19 (mentor: Dr. Kate Upton)

“Are Accounting Misstatements Contagious?: An Examination of Accounting Violation Trends in the Manufacturing Industry”
Michael Dwyer (mentor: Dr. Kristin Roland)

“Examining the Influence of Organizational Cultural Values on Employees’ Organizational Citizenship Behavior”
Chloé Dardenne ’19 (mentor: Dr. Brittany Mercado)

Issues in Political Economy Undergraduate Research Journal

The Department of Economics supports the undergraduate research journal Issues in Political Economy, which is co-edited by students at Elon and the University of Mary Washington. During the 2019-20 academic year, 17 Elon students served as referees and 3 were associate editors. In spring 2020, the journal sponsored 10 undergraduate sessions during the Eastern Economic Association annual conference. Seven Elon seniors presented their theses during the conference.

Love Award for Excellence in Business Leadership

The Love School of Business offers the Love Award for Excellence in Business Leadership to rising seniors enrolled in any Love School of Business major. The award honors and provides financial support to complete an independent research project on a business-related topic. The typical project involves an in-depth independent research project that might include an internship, service-learning, leadership or study abroad experience. A project may address a business question for a particular organization or can be broader in scope, addressing an issue that cuts across organizations or industries. Projects will establish standards of creativity and excellence that will inspire others, have clearly defined objectives and tangible results, and will culminate in a written document and public presentation to the faculty and students of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and other appropriate parties.

Case Competitions

Case study is a staple of engaged management education. In addition to exposing students to real-world scenarios, it engages them in undergraduate research: gathering information, analyzing that information, developing a recommendation, and communicating that recommendation persuasively. Unique to case studies, however, is the purpose to which the research, analysis and communication are put: to solve a complex business problem or to provide advice to a firm as it looks into new opportunities.

Case studies have also become the basis for case competitions hosted by business schools and firms throughout the world. Love School of Business students participate in a variety of case competitions: business ethics, strategy or market opportunity analysis, as well as competitions within specific disciplines such as accounting, economics or finance.

Students prepare for case competitions by taking specialized courses, independent studies or through membership in student organizations.

Over the years, Love School of Business case competition teams have participated in such competitions as:

  • Collegiate Ethics Case Competition
  • Scotia Bank Ethics in Action Case Competition
  • McDonough-Hilltop Business Strategy Challenge
  • John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition
  • International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition
  • Templeton Business Ethics Case Competition
  • X-Culture Competition
  • CFA Institute Research Challenge
  • Beta Alpha Psi’s Project Run Withit
  • Institute of Management Accountants Student Case Competition
  • College Fed Challenge
  • Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up
  • National Collegiate Sales Competition
  • BSU Regional Sales Competition
  • Russ Berrie Institute National Sales Challenge
  • World Collegiate Sales Open
  • International Collegiate Sales Competition
  • Diamond Dollars Case Competition
  • “2 Minutes to Win It” Business Idea Contest
  • Enactus Regional Competition
  • MIT Global Startup Workshop’s Elevator Pitch Competition
  • Society for Human Resource Management Student Case Competition
  • Charlotte Venture Challenge
  • Startup Weekend