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About the Center for Applied Research

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Mission and Vision

At Pepperdine Graziadio’s Center for Applied Research (CAR), we tackle real-world challenges in business with a mission to transform cutting-edge research into real-world, positive impact. Here, industry leaders and PGBS scholars partner to achieve greater organizational effectiveness, develop values-centered leadership, and reach greater social responsibility. Through a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach, the CAR strives to provide profound new insights and develop practical tools for both the business community and the classroom.

The CAR oversees all research-related activities at PGBS, hosting major research events, circulating research updates and creating research opportunities (see our bimonthly newsletter).


About the Center and Staff


Zhike Lei, PhD,  Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Science

Dr. Zhike Lei, Director

Dr. Zhike Lei is an Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Science and Director of the Center for Applied Research at the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University. Her previous university affiliations as a faculty member include Georgetown University, European School of Management Technology (ESMT, Germany), and George Mason University. Dr. Lei holds a PhD in organizational behavior from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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