Marketing Concentration

Featured Research Faculty

Below are the marketing group’s featured research professors with their research snapshots, where their names and titles are linked to their faculty pages. The faculty pages provide broader background information plus each professor’s curriculum vita (cv or vita), which merits a look. We also have other budding and accomplished scholars who you can check-out at our School of Marketing and Innovation's webpage and its faculty list. Many of our faculty conduct research, though the most research-active among them are on the tenure track (assistant professors, associate professors, professors). That said, we benefit greatly from numerous non-tenure track faculty, many of whom conduct research and some of whom are industry experts, people who are critical to our research mission through both their scholarship and business acumen.

Featured Research Professors

Dipayan Biswas

Dipayan Biswas, Frank Harvey Endowed Professor of Marketing
My current research projects are primarily in the topic domains of AI (Artificial Intelligence), digital marketing (including social media), and sensory marketing. I focus on managerially/practically relevant behavioral outcomes. I frequently collaborate with companies on research projects and for conducting field experiments. Methodologically, while I primarily conduct experiments, more recently, I have also started working with unstructured data.

Erwin Danneels

Erwin Danneels, Professor of Management, and Muma Fellow
I focus primarily on corporate growth and renewal amidst changing technological environments, corporate outcomes often achieved through innovation and second-order competencies. My research investigates how to design firms to maximize their innovativeness, and how best to commercialize promising science, issues fundamental to business and society. I also study (1) early-stage ventures from both new and established firms, (2) the nature of entrepreneurial opportunities, and (3) knowledge sharing within nano-technology inventor teams and geographic clusters (e.g., innovation corridors and hubs).

Nate Hartmann

Nate Hartmann, Assistant Professor of Marketing
I focus on improving sales force effectiveness as evidenced in (1) customer-centric outcomes such as customer satisfaction and retention, and (2) salesperson outcomes such as revenue generation, conversion rates, and turnover. My current research is characterized by the application of diverse artificial intelligence and statistical modeling approaches to real-world data accessed through company partnerships. I also use other quantitative methods plus qualitative approaches (e.g., focus groups) to delve deeper into contexts, processes, boundary conditions, and implications.

Timothy B. Heath

Timothy B. Heath, Interim Associate Dean for Research and Professional Programs, and Muma Fellow
I study decision making, persuasion, branding, and innovation, largely through experiments. Example findings: (1) Asymmetric line-extension effects in which higher-quality extensions improve brand evaluations more than lower-quality extensions reduce them (if at all). (2) Launching a minor innovation instead of a major innovation within a series of innovations can improve consumer evaluations of the innovation-series by tempering expectations. Currently, we are exploring how perceived crowding within online product displays impacts click-through-rates, how shoe-sounds influence persuasion, and how mathematics threatens science. 

Doug Hughes

Doug Hughes, Professor and Director, School of Marketing and Innovation
My research explores how firms maximize performance through sales-organization effectiveness and the accompanying management of external and internal relationships. I am particularly interested in examining what motivates salespeople and the leadership practices that facilitate salesperson and organizational success, as well as investigating the dynamics of the marketing-sales and sales-service interfaces, particularly as they relate to the creation of customer value. A secondary area of interest involves the relationships between consumers and the brands with which they interact.

Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar, Professor of Marketing
My research examines how marketer actions influence consumer preferences and decision-making. I focus on how consumers process marketing cues and messages, the thoughts and feelings they experience, and the resulting consumer perceptions of, and behaviors toward, the sources of the marketing initiatives (brands, service offerings, technology interfaces, etc.). My recent research (often with doctoral students) examines consumer responses to business attempts at creating a more equitable marketplace.

Mauricio Palmeira

Mauricio Palmeira, Associate Professor of Marketing, and Muma Fellow
I am interested in seemingly irrational influences on judgments and decisions. I mostly use online experiments. Topics of recent projects include evaluations of professional advisors, salespeople or forecasters, reactions to companies associated with ethical transgressions, views on cultural appropriation in consumption, and feelings toward product upgrades.

Sajeev Varki

Sajeev Varki, Professor of Marketing
I specialize in econometric modeling (e.g., latent-class models), though I am poly-methodological (below). My substantive interests lie in customer-brand relationships, which include customer satisfaction, delight, and loyalty. Although I am primarily known for my quantitative research, some of that research shows how empirical models can help extract especially rich meanings from qualitative data (e.g., focus group discussions). I thus cross-over to qualitative methods sometimes, methods I occasionally teach, and I also conduct experiments when rigorous tests of cause-and-effect are required.