College of Business

Faculty Research

Nancy Ashley, Ph.D.

Dr. Ashley’s research has included the use of IT tools for data modeling, process modeling, and technology commercialization; ethical accounting problems in higher education administration; and data-driven inventory control policy. She is currently collaborating with Dr. Tim Baker on case study research to identify best practices in Six Sigma in order to build theory.

Tim Baker, Ph.D.

Dr. Baker and coauthor Nagesh Murthy won the 2004 Decision Sciences Institute’s Best Interdisciplinary Paper award for their work on auction analysis. He teaches Statistical Analysis for Business Decision Making and Business Modeling.

Jesus Bravo, Ph.D.

Dr. Bravo’s research has focused on interpersonal processes as they relate to employee careers, employee satisfaction, fairness perceptions in the workplace, and organizational policy changes. He won the Outstanding Reviewer Award for 2008 given by the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, and was the recipient of the 2006 Best Applied Paper Award in the Careers Division of the AOM Annual meeting. His research is published in journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology.

Jesse Catlin, Ph.D.

Dr. Catlin’s primary research interest is in the area of consumer behavior, with an emphasis on sustainable consumption practices and health decision-making. Dr. Catlin’s research has been accepted for publication in journals such as the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, the Journal of Business Research, and Health Communication. At WSU Tri-Cities, he teaches the introductory and capstone undergraduate Marketing courses, as well as the core Marketing Management course in the MBA program. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an economic and market research consultant.

Kraig Jones, M.A., CPA

Mr. Jones’s experience includes management of client base, preparation and review of tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts, public charities, and private foundations, and extensive tax research in a variety of areas. Mr. Jones is a licensed CPA in the state of Washington, and a member of the AICPA and the Washington Society of CPAs.

Paul Skilton, Ph.D.

Dr. Skilton’s research interests concern the relationships between creative project performance and team composition, with project based careers and entrepreneurship, and with strategic issues of project team composition and performance for organizations like film studios and universities.

Li Xu, Ph.D.

Dr. Xu’s primary research interests include valuation, corporate governance, earnings management, voluntary disclosure, and international accounting system. She has been teaching financial statement analysis and intermediate accounting for many years. She has published at Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, International Journal of Critical Accounting, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Advances in Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, China Daily, Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting, Accounting Research Journal and Accounting Educators’ Journal.