Interdisciplinary Themes

Ideation. Collaboration. Innovation.

Interdisciplinary themes serve as a critical hub for faculty research networking within the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, across Cornell University, and beyond. Through themes, our faculty are inspired to conduct breakthrough thought-leadership in areas of global importance.

Ideation. It all starts with an idea.

  • Themes provide a truly interdisciplinary academic perspective on the challenges facing our society today.

Collaboration. Coming together to create something greater.

  • Esteemed faculty and interested internal and external affiliates connect to form a vast and unparalleled network of thought leadership.

Innovation. Ideas become realities and transform industries.

  • Theme-launched research is integrated into industry engagement programs through our Centers & Institutes, creating opportunities for new insights and innovative solutions.

Theme: Behavioral Economics and Decision Research

Founded 1989 by 2017 Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler, BEDR unites Cornell scholars with shared interests in judgment, decision making, and behavioral economics.

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Theme: Business of Food

From farm production—through processing, distribution, and marketing—to the consumer experience, the Business of Food encompasses all facets of the food industry to foster relationships and further research.

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Theme: Emerging Markets

Faculty in the Emerging Markets theme explore interests ranging from international trade and finance to the study of input markets, institutions and governance structures, to international agriculture and nutrition in emerging economies, and much more.

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Theme: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology

Faculty involved in the IET theme are working to create and sustain an exciting environment in which research and the exchange of ideas build the college’s scholarship in innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology.

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Theme: Investing at Cornell

Investing at Cornell connects faculty and students across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and Cornell University who are interested in studying, researching, and working in the field of investments.

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Theme: Business of Sustainability

The Business of Sustainability supports connections and bridges strengths in the Dyson School, the Johnson School, and the Nolan School that fuel the college’s mission to “inspire leaders to build sustainable, shared prosperity.”

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