Do you criticize or celebrate your colleagues? It may depend on your social position

Online technology has made real-time performance feedback a workplace reality. But a pair of Mason professors have found out about a major bias in the system.

An age gap in the C-suite makes companies more innovative

A Mason professor finds yet another example of the value of diversity in senior management teams.

What’s worse than a ‘toxic’ workplace? One that gaslights employees

When it comes to relationships between co-workers, organizations’ stated priorities must match what’s happening under the hood.

Mason professor helps accounting research catch up with a fast-changing economy

The economic balance is shifting toward private equity. But accounting scholars are still working from an outdated playbook.

Avoiding the “nothingburger” effect in GovCon M&A

When government contractors merge, comparing their customers can predict a lot about how investors will respond to the deal.

Research Highlights

The Costello College of Business at George Mason University is an acknowledged center for global business research.

Faculty take a multidisciplinary approach, with the goal of ensuring that business can be a force for the greater good.

Faculty publish in leading business journals on wide-ranging global business issues, are cited by the press, and are actively engaged in making discoveries to address a wide set of societal and institutional challenges.


Impactful Scholarship

Three pillars define the real-world impact of Costello College of Business thought leadership:

Ensuring Global Futures

Safeguarding our planet and societies from the crises identified in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent highlights include:

Digital Transformation of Work

Preparing global organizations and professionals for the massive technological changes that are reshaping business. 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Fostering the creative problem-solving skills needed for success in an increasingly unpredictable world. 


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Together, the top ten most-cited Costello College of Business scholars have more than 55,000 research citations.
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The Costello College of Business' spot in the UT-Dallas North American Business School Research Rankings.
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17 Costello College of Business professors currently hold editorial positions at academic journals.
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In 2022-2023, Costello College of Business faculty published 20 papers in premier journals.

Costello College of Business Faculty Research

  • July 16, 2024
    If you’re nervous about negotiating a starting salary, that’s because your mind is playing not one, but two tricks on you. A George Mason management prof explains how to undo the mental spell.
  • June 17, 2024
    George Mason senior associate dean and associate professor of accounting, JK Aier's prizewinning paper shows how firms can benefit from executive roles that strategically bridge the board and management.
  • June 4, 2024
    The controversy about biased policing seems to draw endless fuel from race-based differences in public perception. Simply put, the vast majority of White citizens in the United States believe the police are doing a good job, including on issues of racial equality, while a similar percentage of Black citizens hold the opposite opinion. Brad Greenwood, professor of information systems and operations management, researches how digital technologies are bringing unprecedented transparency to police practices.
  • May 30, 2024
    The Greg and Camille Baroni Center for Government Contracting is working with the federal government to reform the military’s Cold War-era processes for tech development.
  • May 15, 2024
    The SEC’s unique treatment of companies that opt into public reporting shows that lighter-touch regulation can sometimes be just as effective. Associate professor of accounting Bret Johnson’s recent paper looks at how the SEC handles the added responsibility of reviewing voluntary filings.
  • May 10, 2024
    George Mason researchers Nirup Menon and Brian Ngac recently won a two-year award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, to create unique experiential learning opportunities and workshops designed to enhance cybersecurity education and workforce development.
  • April 29, 2024
    The executive director of George Mason’s government contracting research center highlights “agile acquisition” as the key to beefing up national defense.
  • April 18, 2024
    Bo Hu, an assistant professor of finance at Mason, is developing new research methods to better capture the intricate, interlinked dynamics of financial markets.
  • April 16, 2024
    Like financial markets, the creative industries are driven to seek equilibrium, which may be good news for both human content creators and their algorithmic adversaries. Jiasun Li, an associate professor of finance, is researching this in a new working paper.
  • April 10, 2024
    Measuring risk in private equity is notoriously difficult. New research by Mason assistant professor of accounting, Mariia Nykyforovych, suggests that metric-based myopia, and the distorted incentives it creates, are partly responsible. 
  • April 5, 2024
    You can spend millions to buy a company for its employees, but how do you know they’ll stay put? Now, AI can predict post-deal turnover with a startling degree of accuracy. In a recently working paper, Jingyuan Yang, an information systems and operations management professor at the Costello College of Business at George Mason University, discovers how to efficiently predict employee turnover using an innovative AI-driven approach
  • April 3, 2024
    Mason accounting professor, David Koo, goes back through history to trace how financial reporting requirements affect investors’ long- vs. short-term thinking.

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