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Collaboration & Research

To discuss potential research collaboration, email Edward Anderson, Research Director, McCombs Healthcare Initiative.

Big Challenges, Big Opportunity

Austin is committed to the development of a world class medical school. The opportunities for research expansion and economic growth are significant, and the McCombs School of Business, with its focus on innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship, is poised to make a huge impact.

Recent projects include

  • The Value of Voice (to Managers): Employee Identification and the Content of Voice: Ethan Burris, Ph.D., Department of Management, McCombs School of Business; Kevin Rockmann, George Mason University; and Yurianna Kim, University of Texas at Austin
  • Healthcare Systems Delivery Improvement in Patient-Centered Surgical Homes and Family Health Clinics: Douglas Morrice, Ph.D., Department of IROM, McCombs School of Business; Kumar Muthuraman, Ph.D., Department of IROM, McCombs School of Business; Jonathan Bard, DSC, Cockrell School of Engineering; and Luci Leykum, M.D., MBA, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

It all starts with a question

We started the Healthcare Initiative with the question: how can business disciplines and research help improve healthcare delivery? All discovery begins with a question. How do we begin to create a healthcare system on purpose? Can we design a system that reduces cost and waste while improving healthcare access and quality?

Where can business research help?

  • 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.