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

  • Clyde Hull, Yu-Ting Hung, Neil Hair, Victor Perotti, Richard DeMartino, (2007). Taking Advantage of Digital Opportunities: A Typology of Digital Entrepreneurship. International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations.
  • Neil Hair, Philip Tyler, (2007). Teaching Professional Selling: A Relationship Building Approach. Journal for Advancement of Marketing Education.
  • Neil Hair, Moira Clark, Melanie Shapiro, (2010). Towards a classification system of relational activity in consumer electronic communities: The moderators' tale. Journal of Relationship Marketing.
  • Neil Hair, Evgeny Kagner, Sandra Sieber, (2011). Social Technologies in the Enterprise &No.65533; Rising to the Challenge. European Business Review.
  • Sean Hansen, J. Rennecker, (2010). Getting on the same page: Collective hermeneutics in a systems development team. Information and Organization.
  • Manlu Liu, Sean Hansen, Qiang Tu, (2014). The Community Source Approach to Software Development and the Kuali Experience . Communications of the ACM.
  • Quang Bui, Sean Hansen, Manlu Liu, Qiang Tu, (2018). The Productivity Paradox in Health Information Technology. Communications of the ACM.
  • Marco Marabelli, Sean Hansen, Sue Newell, Chiara Frigerio, (2017). The Light and Dark Side of The Black Box: Sensor-Based Technology in the Automotive Industry. Communications of the AIS.
  • Sean Hansen, N. Berente, K Lyytinen, (2009). Wikipedia, Critical Social Theory, and the Possibility of Rational Discourse. The Information Society.
  • Manlu Liu, Sean Hansen, Qiang Tu, (2019). Keeping the family together: Sustainability and modularity in community source development . Information and Organization.
  • Sean Hansen, P. Bateman, N. Berente, J. Pike, (2009). Productive Play and the Real-World Value of Immersive Virtual Environments. Artifact.
  • Patrick Bateman, Jacqueline Pike, Nicholas Berente, Sean Hansen, (2012). Time for a Post-Mortem?: Business Professionals' Perspectives on the Disillusionment of Virtual Worlds. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research.
  • Sean Hansen, N. Berente, K Lyytinen, (2008). Emerging Principles for Requirements Processes in Organizational Contexts. Networking and Information Systems.
  • N. Berente, U. Gal, Sean Hansen, (2011). Ethical Implications of Social Stratification in Information Systems Research. Information Systems Journal.
  • Mark-David McLaughlin, Sean Hansen, W. Cram, Janis Gogan, (2015). Snowfall and a stolen laptop. Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases.
  • N. Berente, Sean Hansen, J. Pike, P. Bateman, (2011). Arguing the Value of Virtual Worlds: Patterns of Discursive Sensemaking of an Innovative Technological Environment. MIS Quarterly.
  • Manlu Liu, Sean Hansen, Qiang Tu, (2021). Sustaining collaborative software development through strategic consortium . Journal of Strategic Information Systems.
  • Xuan Xiao, Aron Lindberg, Sean Hansen, Kalle Lyytinen, (2018). Computing Requirements for Open Source Software: A Distributed Cognitive Approach. Journal of the AIS.
  • Eugene Pierce, Sean Hansen, (2013). Technology, Trust, and Effectiveness in Virtual Teams . International Journal of Management & Business.