Discover the esteemed scholars and practitioners of Saunders College

Saunders College faculty members combine real-world and academic knowledge of business problems to augment theoretical training. By combining theory and practice, courses are designed for you to learn from real-world experiences. Teaching methods include case study, seminars, simulations, and independent work. Faculty choose the method most appropriate to the material and their individual styles. Saunders students have opportunities to work with faculty in advancing research initiatives. In addition to faculty research, RIT is home to several research centers that will allow you to explore other research interests.

RIT has several awards designed to recognize outstanding teaching and encourage ground-breaking scholarship and research. Please visit the RIT Faculty Awards and Grants page to view recognitions received by Saunders faculty.

Research and Publications

Research is a vital component of Saunders College, and faculty members have developed theories in many academic fields. Our faculty experts shape business and policy across a wide-range of disciplines. Saunders research is published in the world's most respected, peer-reviewed journals and academic publications. For an annual review of highlighted scholarly research from Saunders Faculty, please visit the RIT Annual Scholarship Report. Or, view below for a listing of the latest Published Faculty Research.

Research topics

You’ll find thought leadership at Saunders College goes beyond our academic areas. Our faculty expertise extends to a variety of relevant topics that often cross the usual defined boundaries. This collaborative approach helps you learn how to work across functions and create solutions that shape the future. Some featured research topics include: cybersecurity, digital marketing, strategic leadership, corporate game theory social media and entrepreneurship, fraud and litigation risk, auditing and pricing decisions, financial regulations, stock market trading algorithms, creativity in technology management, corporate social responsibility, social capital and work relationships, leadership, and IT adoption in U.S. healthcare.

Published Faculty Research

  • Ranzhe Jing, Yang * Yu, Zhangxi Lin, (2015). How service-related factors affect the survival of B2T providers: A sentiment analysis approach. Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce.
  • Fan Liang, Yang Yu, S Cui, L Zhao, X Wu, (2014). Heart motion uncertainty compensation prediction method for robot assisted beating heart surgery - Master-Slave Kalman approach. Journal of Medical Systems.
  • Yang Yu, Wenjing Duan, Qing Cao, (2013). The impact of social and conventional media on firm equity value: A sentiment analysis approach. Decision Support Systems.
  • Pei Li, zhangxi Lin, Yang Yu, (2018). Integrating the mechanism of three-part tariff pricing to the provision of intra-site search engine advertising services . International Journal of Production Research.
  • Fan Liang, Yang Yu, Haizhong Wang, Xiaofeng Meng, (2013). Heart Motion Prediction in RoboticAssisted Beating Heart Surgery: A Nonlinear Fast Adaptive Approach. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.
  • Kee Chung, Hao Zhang, (2010). Insider Trading Regulation and Market Quality: Evidence from American Depositary Receipts. Asia Pacific Journal of Financial Studies.
  • Iftekhar Hasan, Chun-Keung (Stan) Hoi, Qiang Wu, Hao Zhang, (2017). Does Social Capital Matter in Corporate Decisions? Evidence from Corporate Tax Avoidance. Journal of Accounting Research.
  • Carl Hsin-han Shen, Hao Zhang, (2020). What's good for you is good for me: The effect of CEO inside debt on the cost of equity. Journal of Corporate Finance.
  • Ashok Robin, Hao Zhang, (2015). Do Industry-Specialist Auditors Influence Stock Price Crash Risk?. Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory.
  • Iftekhar Hasan, Chun-Keung (Stan) Hoi, Qiang Wu, Hao Zhang, (2020). Is social capital associated with corporate innovation? Evidence from publicly listed firms in the U.S.. Journal of Corporate Finance.
  • Chun Keung (Stan) Hoi, Qiang Wu, Hao Zhang, (2019). Does social capital mitigate agency problems? Evidence from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) compensation. Journal of Financial Economics.
  • Zhan Jiang, Kenneth A. Kim, Hao Zhang, (2014). The Effects of Corporate Bailout on Firm Performance: International Evidence. Journal of Banking and Finance.
  • Iftekhar Hasan, Chun-Keung (Stan) Hoi, Qiang Wu, Hao Zhang, (2014). Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: The Effect of Corporate Tax Avoidance on the Cost of Bank Loans. Journal of Financial Economics.
  • Ashok Robin, Qiang Wu, Hao Zhang, (2017). Auditor Quality and Debt Covenants. Contemporary Accounting Research.
  • Iftekhar Hasan, Chun Keung (Stan) Hoi, Qiang Wu, Hao Zhang, (2017). Social Capital and Debt Contracting: Evidence from Bank Loans and Public Bonds. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.
  • Kee Chung, Jang-Chul Kim, Young Kim, Hao Zhang, (2015). Information Asymmetry and Corporate Cash Holdings. Journal of Business Finance & Accounting.
  • Chun-Keung Stan Hoi, Qiang Wu, Hao Zhang, (2013). Is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Associated with Tax Avoidance? Evidence from Irresponsible CSR Activities. The Accounting Review.
  • Kee Chung, Hao Zhang, (2014). A Simple Approximation of Intraday Spreads Using Daily Data. Journal of Financial Markets.
  • Carl Hsin-han Shen, Hao Zhang, (2013). CEO Risk Incentives and Firm Performance Following R&D Increases. Journal of Banking and Finance.