Faculty and Research

Faculty and Research

Faculty and Research

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Big Challenges, Big Opportunity

Startup City: Just Add Healthcare
Talk about startups! The University and the community of Austin are in the process of building a world class medical school, the first in Austin and the first in over 40 years, nationwide. The opportunities for research expansion and economic growth are significant. With our focus on the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, and healthcare, the McCombs School of Business is in the center of the action.

Healthcare@McCombs
We are building research relationships and projects both within the McCombs School of Business, the Dell Medical School, and across and beyond the UT campus, focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship, and information. 

Where Can Business Research Help

What started Healthcare@McCombs was a question: how can business disciplines and research help improve healthcare delivery? 

We can think of a few ways. 

  • Organizational theory, including studies of successful care transitions and readmissions.
  • Operations theory, including research in areas of patient safety, scheduling, and readmissions.
  • Data analytics and information management, including understanding variation in physician use of electronic health records.
  • Diffusion of innovation, including studies of sensemaking and improvising in inpatient care teams.
  • Entrepreneurship within organizations and industry groups, including study and improvement projects looking at emergency department throughput at UMC Brackenridge.
  • Effective use and management of teams, including research involving use of agent-based modeling to understand patterns of relationship infrastructures among disparate groups of providers.
  • Complexity theory, including research using complexity science to understand clinical microsystems.
  • Cost accounting, including research in the bundling of payments including use of process mapping and introducing rigorous ROI analysis as part of the selection and evaluation process.

For every issue in healthcare delivery, there is a way we can help. Let's Collaborate