Coles College of Business Research


Within the Coles College of Business, our talented faculty strive to harness, develop, and capitalize on the diversity of our student body. Through the balance of relevance and theory in their teaching, our faculty foster constructive competitiveness, candid inquiry, critical thinking, innovation, and creativity.

Prior to joining our faculty, most of our professors spent time in the private sector, practicing in their areas of expertise. They have maintained those professional relationships and continue to actively foster new industry partnerships that benefit our students, impacting classroom consulting projects, interaction with industry leaders, mentorship, and employment. These relationships and experiences enrich our curriculum and ensure its responsiveness to industry needs; they, also, help us to cultivate a new generation of leaders that can answer the demands of a rapidly changing global market.


Breakthrough research by a faculty member does more than boost an institution's reputation; it can bring immediate value to the students as well. Scholarly contributions to the business industry and academia is key to the Coles College of Business mission. Our faculty dedicate their time and passion to quality research, and are published in top-tier journals across the country and around the world.

What differentiates the Coles College from its peers is the balance of relevant research with theory. We believe that translating research findings into terms students and business professionals can immediately put into practice is vital to our mission and to improving the business ecosystem in which we operate. As a result, you will find Coles College faculty quoted as frequently in business journals as national media.

Service and Engagement

Coles faculty serves through consulting in the business community by generating new programs, as journal editors and conference directors, as well as in our Centers and Institutes. For example, data from our BrainLab open new doors for brain-computer interfaces. Explore our Centers and learn more about their latest research.

Faculty Blogs

Coles College Faculty Blogs are designed to share faculty’s wonderful ideas and work in research, teaching, service, and higher education administration-related areas. Read blog posts here.

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KSU Office of Research

The mission of the Office of Research is to encourage, promote, and support innovative interdisciplinary research and scholarship at Kennesaw State University, a student-centered, R2 institution. For more details, visit

Learn More About Our Faculty

View our faculty biographies and learn more about their research and teaching. Our faculty lead innovative research across fields.

Coles Research Highlights

Optimal Allocation of Resources in Airport Security: Profiling vs. Screening, Jomon Paul, Professor of Quantitative Analysis.

A major area of research in recent times has been the design of smart policies to counter terrorism. While governments in developed countries have been by and large successful in thwarting terrorist attacks, it has come at an enormous cost. These resources could alternatively have been used for purposes, such education or building infrastructure. Therefore, it is imperative that the growth of expenditure on security be evaluated before it affects the long-term growth of the economy. This paper focuses on two important research issues: determination of the socially optimal level of security and optimal allocation of resources between profiling and screening, given a chosen level of security.

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