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Research and Academic Centers

Faculty at the Stuart School of Business in Chicago engage in dynamic, collaborative research across disciplines. Focus areas include high frequency finance, sustainable enterprise, management science, and marketing analytics. The Faculty Research Report details journal articles published since 2013.

Stuart's research centers engage with industry partners on research projects and programming to meet the needs of the next economy. For more information about research at the Stuart School of Business, contact Siva Balasubramanian at

The Center for Financial Innovation

Financial innovation has been vigorously debated since the financial crisis of 2008. The Center for Financial Innovation (CFI) takes a comprehensive and objective look at the history of financial innovation, providing a central location for scholars, practitioners, media, and the general public to explore the many innovations that serve as the foundation for our global financial system. The Center will provide data, video interviews, and an Encyclopedia of Financial Innovation through the Center's website, which is currently in development.

Formerly named the Center for Financial Markets, and established in 1998 as the Center for Law and Financial Markets, the CFI has evolved from the vision of John A. (Jack) Wing, a financial and educational innovator in his own right. Jack Wing served as Chairman of Chicago Corp, of ABN AMRO Inc., Trustee of Illinois Tech, and the first Director of the Center for Law and Financial Markets.

The Center for Strategic Competitiveness

The Center for Strategic Competitiveness develops global partnerships to enhance innovation and creativity, and is the foundation for Stuart’s strategically competitive curriculum. The Center’s mission is to develop Strategic Competitiveness into an approach to business that will enhance the ability of individuals, organizations, and governmental units to be proactive and innovative in addressing global market challenges in the next economy. In 2014, the Center for Sustainable Enterprise became part of the Center for Strategic Competitiveness, creating opportunities to implement practical and equitable business strategies that advance ecological sustainability, while fostering our current and future economic viability.

The Center for Strategic Finance

The Center for Strategic Finance focuses on strategy in financial markets as a new discipline, building upon theoretical concepts drawn from traditional finance, strategic management, game theory, and computer science. CSF fellows are asking new questions about financial markets in light of the quantification (and automation) of trading, execution, and risk management strategies. They are developing new theories that are shaping the future of finance. There is no better place to study strategic finance than Chicago, which is a primary location for the research and development of strategies in financial markets. 


The Center for Coporate Performance (CCP) has formed in order to take a 'Big Data' approach to understanding the relationships between corporate organization structure, governance policies, and the economic and financial performance metrics.  CCP's goal is to bridge the gap between research in management, organization, and, policy and research in economics and finance.  CCP also hopes to bridge the gap between academic research and professional practice,  and to be able to speak to both academics and CEO's in a language that both can understand.