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The Business of Something

By Carlena Cochi Ficano, Ph.D.Professor Carlena FicanoProfessor of Economics, Intermim Chair of Business and Accounting

Business is both a fundamental and a derivative field of study. Facility with core business competencies such as finance, accounting, organizational behavior, and marketing is important, but in the end, all business is the business of something, and business alone is not enough. With this as a core philosophy, I am guiding the evolution of one of the College’s largest departments in a manner that respects student interest, provides a deep foundation in business content, offers myriad opportunity for experiential learning, and intentionally harnesses the immeasurable value of the liberal arts.

Dr. Ficano’s areas of expertise include labor economics, applied econometrics, social policy on low-income family well-being, the economics of higher education, and local economic development.

She earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Leading the world forward

The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting in the academy and of all the ways academic research contributes to solving the world’s toughest problems.

ryan ceresola

Dr. Ryan Ceresola

Assistant Professor of Sociology

“The Curious Case of Correcting Corruption”


Dr. Stefanie Rocknak

Professor of Philosophy & Department Chair

“The Cult of New”


Dr. Stephanie Carr

Assistant Professor of Biology



Dr. Laurel Elder

Political Science Professor Laurel Elder for The Washington Post

Elder’s new book from NYU Press is “The Partisan Gap: Why Democratic Women Get Elected But Republican Women Don’t”

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