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Center for Applied Research


We foster research that makes an impact on the business community and world at large. With a focus on values-centered leadership and social responsibility, the center endeavors to bridge the gap between business theory and practice. Our thought leaders uphold a University-wide mission to develop business success that is compatible with social responsibility.

Our Director, Dr. Zhike Lei

Zhike Lei, PhD Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Science

Dr. Zhike Lei studies how organizations, work teams, and employees adapt and learn in complex, time-pressured, consequence-laden environments. As an organizational scholar, Zhike‚Äôs work on team adaptation, psychological safety, and error management has been published in leading academic and management outlets, such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Harvard Business Manager. Zhike has also won awards and prestigious grants for her scholarship. Zhike serves on the editorial review board for premier management journals and is a frequent speaker and panelist at leading research universities and academic conferences around the globe.

Zhike is passionate about promoting scholarship and thought leadership within and beyond the Graziadio community. Read more

Our Initiatives

Through research initiatives and awards, we celebrate both insight and impact.

Private Capital Markets Project at Pepperdine Graziadio

Advances ongoing research to understand the true cost of private capital across market types and the investment expectations of privately-held business owners.

Values-Centered Research at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

Our faculty develop research that produces actionable results that serve to enrich our community and promote better business practices.

Faculty Research Awards at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

The Graziadio School provides a number of academic funding awards to support outstanding faculty research in alignment with the school's mission.