Institute for Outlier Research in Business

iORB’s core mission is to nurture and grow outlier research, defined as rigorous and relevant academic work that positively impacts the business community and society in general. We envision iORB as the home of renowned thought leaders across business disciplines and from around the world, conducting highly impactful research.

Gareth, Harry, Andrei
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iORB is a new type of business research institute. Our plan is nothing less than to revolutionize research that is performed at Marshall and other business schools, with the goal of encouraging work that has the potential for a transformational impact on society. The institute was in part formed based on a belief by many leading scholars that decades of status quo thinking has created a focus on incremental research, and that bold changes are needed to re-incentivize society’s best researchers to work on issues that more profoundly impact business and society at large. Specifically, iORB provides resources for researchers, managers and policy makers to encourage, fund, and reward outlier research through entrepreneurial programs and initiatives. We are also working to recruit the most impactful academics, who have already demonstrated the ability to change the way business operates. Currently iORB has three main programs: Outlier Research Funding, a Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program, and Conference Funding.

Upcoming Events 


iORB Distinguished Visiting Fellows Series

Donald Hambrick of Pennsylvania State University

January 14, 2019 to January 18, 2019

Donald Hambrick

Public Talk: Theory and Research on Strategic Leadership: Where From Here?

January 18, 2019 

3:00pm to 4:30pm 

Popovich Hall, JKP 112


iORB Distinguished Visiting Fellows Series

Dan Ariely of Duke University 

February 4, 2019 to February 8, 2019

Dan Ariely

Public Talk: The Dishonesty of Honest People

February 8, 2019 

1:30pm to 3:00pm 

Popovich Hall, JKP 210



March 29, 2019 and March 30, 2019

2019 Conference on Emerging Technologies in Accounting and Financial Economics


May 17, 2019 and May 18, 2019

Conference for Institutions and Businesses (CIB)



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