Interdisciplinary Studies

Businesses in today’s globally competitive and rapidly changing technological environment are increasing resorting to multi-disciplinary approaches to problem solving. The Fox School is leading a growing trend in business schools towards interdisciplinary research with its Inter-Disciplinary Studies (IDS) concentration. Outstanding students seeking in-depth preparation spanning multiple functional areas of business or who have expectations for breadth beyond the established programs of study may be interested in the IDS concentration.  The faculty members within the IDS program are internationally recognized coming from multiple backgrounds in accounting, finance, international business, information systems, marketing, neuroscience, statistics and strategic management.

Because Interdisciplinary Studies students orient themselves between departments, student-identification of a primary mentor is of paramount importance. The mentor’s role is to ensure desirable student development as measured by paper presentations at top conferences, publication in relevant academic journals and, ultimately, placements in research universities. Students from the IDS concentration typically seek mentorship from the most prestigious researchers in the Fox School, and, accordingly, are typically of the highest caliber among our accepted applicant pool.

For more information please consult the program’s promotional materials.

New IDS Concentration in Decision Neuroscience

Decision Neuroscience, including its subfields of Neuroeconomics and Neuromarketing, has provided new insights into the mechanisms that underlie a wide range of economic and social phenomena ranging from risky choice and consumer behavior to altruism and cooperation. The interdisciplinary graduate program in Decision Neuroscience will be a joint effort between the Fox School of Business and the Department of Psychology (Brain and Cognitive Sciences) at Temple University. Students enrolled in this program will gain a thorough understanding of the intellectual issues in the rapidly growing field of Decision Neuroscience. The program, the first ever of its kind, has a unique vision of integrating scientific findings with everyday real-world problems, and seeks to attract students who want to work at the intersection of Neuroscience and Business.

During the first two years in the program, students will have the opportunity to take courses in both Fox School of Business and Department of Psychology. Students will also have opportunities for research rotations with faculties in both departments, as they seek to identify their primary research themes. Consistent with the vision of the program, they will be encouraged to work with faculty members from more than one department during these rotations in order to develop a broad and interdisciplinary research focus. The Concentration Advisor will work closely with the students to identify appropriate course plans and research support.

Required Core Courses and Seminars:

1. Cognitive Psychology
2. Judgment and Decision Making
3. Methods in Neuroscience
4. Decision Neuroscience
5. Business Statistics
6. Economic Theory of Choice

Electives: Students will be expected to complete electives, based on their interests and research focus. These electives will be drawn from courses offered at Fox School of Business and with the Psychology Department at the College of Liberal Arts.

Core Faculty Members:

Dr. Vinod Venkatraman, Marketing and Supply Chain Management Department

Dr. Jason Chein, Psychology Department

Dr. Angelika Dimoka, Marketing and Supply Chain Management Department

Dr. Ingrid Olson, Psychology Department

Dr. Paul Pavlou, Management Information Systems Department

Dr. Thomas Gould, Psychology Department

Dr. Nathan Fong, Marketing and Supply Chain Management Department

Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty

Concentration Advisor: Angelika Dimoka

Title: Associate Professor of Management Informaton Systems
Research Interests: Decision Neuroscience and Functional Neuroimaging, Quantitative Analysis of Decision Making
Office: Alter Hall 510

Ronald Anderson

Title: Professor & Chair in Finance
Research Interests: Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance
Office: Alter Hall 420

Dr. Rajiv Banker

Title: Professor & Merves Chair in Accounting
Research Interests: Planning and Control Systems
Office: Alter Hall 461

Dr. Sudipta Basu

Title: Associate Professor and Merves Research Fellow in Accounting
Research Interests: Earnings Forecasts, Origins of Accounting, and Effects of Conservatism
Office: Alter Hall 455

J. Jay Choi

Title: Professor
Research Interests: Global Corporate Governance and Finance, Strategic and financial Issues, Corporate Restructuring and Risk
Office: Alter Hall 417

Nathan Fong

Title: Assistant Professor of Marketing
Research Interests: Sales Taxes Effects, Price Sensitivity, Targeted Marketing Communications
Office: Alter Hall 517

Xueming Luo

Title: Professor of Marketing
Research Interests: Mobile Commerce Strategies, Uster-Technology Interfact, Organizational Strategies
Office: Alter Hall 511

Susan Mudambi

Title: Associate Professor of Marketing
Research Interests: Marketing Strategy, Technology in Marketing and International Business, Constomer and Supplier Relationship Strategies
Office: Alter Hall 524

Ram Mudambi

Title: Professor of Strategic Management
Research Interests: Emerging Market Catch Up Processes, Renewable Energy Industries, Multinational Corporations
Office: Alter Hall 549

Lalitha Naveen

Title: Associate Professor of Finance
Research Interests: Empirical Corporate Finance
Office: Alter Hall 418

Paul Pavlou

Title: Professor of Management Information Systems and Stauffer Senior Research Fellow
Research Interests: Digital Business Strategies
Office: Alter Hall 334

Oleg Rytchkov

Title:Assistant Professor of Finance
Research Interests: Theoretical and Empirical Asset Pricing, Capital Markets, Financial Econometrics
Office: Alter Hall 423

Sunil Wattal

Title: Assistant Professor of Management Informaton Systems
Research Interests: Economics of Information Systems; Technology Adoption, Privacy and Software Security; Internet Marketing
Office: Speakman Hall 201

Vinod Venkatraman

Title: Assistant Professor of Marketing
Research Interests: Effect of Decision Variables, State Variables, Decision-Making Strategies
Office: Alter Hall 526

Interdisciplinary Studies Students

Yaeeun Kim


Yaeeun Kim is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Studies in the Fox School of Business at Temple University with a concentration in Marketing. She is a member of the Center for Neural Decision Making (CNDM) at the Fox School of Business. Yaeeun is interested in studying the underlying the neural mechanisms of consumer decision-making by using multi-methodological techniques involving EEG and fMRI.

Prior to joining the PhD program at the Fox School of Business, Yaeeun earned her BA and MS in Management Science and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Yaeeun's previous research regarding the effect of dissatisfying purchase in two-sided market on post-purchase behavior has been presented at the Association for Consumer Research (ACR) annual conference.

Yaeeun has working experience in the area of neuromarketing research using multichannel EEG/ERP measurement and analysis.

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Eunbin Whang


Eunbin Whang received her MS degree in Accounting from University of Illinois at Chicago and Bachelor’s in Economics from Northwestern University. She has three years of work experience in corporate accounting for a Chicago-based private firm. Her research interests are in behavioral accounting and managerial accounting.

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Sang Suk Yoon


SangSuk Yoon is a Ph.D. student in the Marketing Department at the Fox School of Business of Temple University and is working at the Center for Neural Decision Making. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Psychology, and a Master's Degree in Cognitive Psychology from Pusan National University in South Korea. He has been working on research exploring people’s cognitive traits and the processes underlying judgment and decision-making. Before joining the Marketing Ph.D. program, he participated in the government-funded Individual Difference of Information Processing project. Sangsuk’s research interests include the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in judgment and decision making. His current projects examine inherent preference and preference construction that results from the anchoring effect phenomenon as well as the cognitive processes underlying unconscious thought effect.

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Financial Aid

All students admitted to our program are considered for full financial support. Funding typically comes in the form of an assistantship and includes full tuition and a competitive stipend for at least four years, based on adequate progress and yearly evaluations. Students who apply before the January 15 deadline will also be considered for Temple’s prestigious university fellowships.