The Future of Business is a blog series created by College of Business Dean Rachel Croson to promote discussions about what business will be in the future. We intend for this series to spur an interactive dialogue beyond the UT Arlington campus and welcome all readers to share their insight in this forum.
Dr. Rachel Croson began her tenure at UT Arlington on January 14, 2013.
From 2007-2013, Dean Croson served at UT Dallas as a professor and the director of the UT Dallas Negotiations Center. During her time at UT Dallas she took a two-year leave to serve as the National Science Foundation’s division director for Social and Economic Sciences, managing a $100 million annual budget and eight programs.
Prior to joining UT Dallas, Croson served as an assistant and associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Operations and Information Management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy of science from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Harvard University.
Much of Croson’s research has centered on experimental and behavioral economics, investigating how people make a variety of economic decisions, including financial, charitable and risky. Her research draws on and contributes to many disciplines, including economics, management, marketing, operations, political science and sociology, and her work has been published in academic journals in all of these fields. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Aspen Institute, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She has served in a number of professional leadership roles, including Associate Editor for the journals American Economic Review, Management Science, and Experimental Economics, among others, and on the board of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, where she was pivotal in developing and running mentoring workshops.
Croson also is the co-editor of a recently-published book, Oxford Handbook of Economic Conflict Resolution, with Dr. Gary Bolton, and is continuing her research on motivations for charitable giving, entrepreneurial entry and exit, and behavioral operations management.