Faculty Spotlight - Sean Lux

Boosting a company's bottom line can be complex, but, according to research by business professor Sean Lux, participating in corporate political activity can be one of the ways to do that. Lux's research study titled, "Mixing Business with Politics: A Meta-Analytical Study of Corporate Political Activity in the United States," found that businesses that engage in lobbying activities and make campaign contributions increase their bottom line by roughly 20 percent. The study was recently published in the Journal of Management.

Lux, an assistant professor in the College of Business, has taught at USF since 2006. His research has been published in such journals as the Journal of Management, Academy of Management Conference Best Paper Proceedings, and the Handbook of Organizational Behavior. He is currently working on several papers, including a meta-analysis of the effects of corporate political activity on voting outcomes and a look into corporate political activity differences between family- and publicly-owned Standard & Poors 1200 firms.

An Army veteran, Lux teaches graduate-level courses in entrepreneurship strategy, business planning, and new venture formation at USF's nationally-ranked Center for Entrepreneurship. He recently served as the co-chair of the ABC Committee, a group that was formed to evaluate new sights for a potential new baseball stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. He earned a PhD in management from Florida State University, an MBA from USF, and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Norwich University.