Fox Research

The Office of Research, Doctoral Programs, and Strategic Initiatives operates to enhance the reputation and impact of the Fox School of Business as a global leader in research, doctoral education, industry outreach, and community engagement to better serve our stakeholders – students, faculty, academia, industry, state and federal government, the people of Pennsylvania, and society in general.

Advanta Center for Research in Financial Institutions

1801 Liacouras Walk
Alter Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Professor J. David Cummins

Professor Elyas Elyasiani
Associate Director

Established at a time of unprecedented change in the financial services industry, the Advanta Center is well-positioned to carry out its agenda to:

  • provide the research necessary for financial service corporations and their customers to keep pace with the changing nature of the market, and
  • promote the study of financial services in the undergraduate and graduate business curricula.

Through industry-driven basic and applied research, the Advanta Center will address:

  • ongoing advances in information technology that have empowered both commercial and individual financial services customers through enhanced information access and technical sophistication,
  • the integration of risk management activities among banking, credit, insurance and other financial services sectors, leading to the creation of increasingly complex and versatile products, and
  • the globalization of business activity, and the impact of financial services deregulation worldwide.

In addition to its research activities, the Advanta Center will:

  • develop industry-specific education programs, including new Financial Services concentrations at both the bachelor’s and master’s levels,
  • establish a series of widely publicized business and academic conferences,
  • publish working papers, conference proceedings, and the Risk Management and Insurance Review, a journal of the American Risk and Insurance Association, and
  • establish a lecture series/visiting scholars program in which students and faculty will interact with national and international leaders from industry and academia.