George Mason UniversitySchool of Business


The School of Business benefits from a rich research environment that promotes the timely dissemination of emerging data and fosters a collaborative relationship between academia and companies/organizations. Current research projects include:

National Science Foundation

George Mason University’s School of Business and Volgenau School of Engineering were awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop chief information security officer (CISO) core competencies and then apply the results to establish learning objectives and curricula guidelines for cybersecurity leadership education programs.

Mason-IBM-NSF Research Addresses Smart Grid Cyber Security - For the past three years, Mason has partnered with IBM and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research and develop recommendations for cyber security leadership core competencies and governance best practices for securing the smart grid. Please read about this 3 year grant in this article.

In an intensive cyber security workshop in 2014, CIOs, CISOs, IT and smart grid experts, and policy makers from across the government, private sector, and academia—both domestic and international—came together to provide insights on current and compelling cyber security issues. Download the first Mason-IBM-NSF 2014 Cybersecurity Workshop Report.

Research continued into 2015, building up to the Mason–IBM–NSF Cybersecurity Leadership and Smart Grid Conference which took place in April of that year and was attended by more than 200 cyber security professionals. Speakers included industry experts, such as CISOs, chief technology officers (CTOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) from the government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Download the second Mason-IBM-NSF 2015 Cybersecurity Workshop Report.

The School of Business is leading a team of researchers who received a $400,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a project entitled: Culture and Coordination in Global Engineering Teams. Engineering work has become increasingly complex, and big engineering projects are almost always undertaken by teams of engineers whose members are multicultural and distributed around the globe. Effective coordination is crucial for success, yet recent research suggests that team coordination practices vary with national culture. Experts have warned that engineering education fails to prepare engineers for these differences.

IBM Award

A multidisciplinary team of George Mason University professors is partnering with IBM to research imminent advancements in the electric power industry, changes that will challenge cybersecurity for the more than 3,000 electric companies in the United States. IBM selected the multidisciplinary team, including representatives from the School of Business, the Volgenau School of Engineering, the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, and the School of Public Policy, to receive a prestigious Shared University Research Award.

Korea Agency for Defense Development

Angelos Stavrou, director of Mason's Center for Assurance Research and Engineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering, and J.P. Auffret, a professor in the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems program at the School of Business received a $268,000 grant from the Korea Agency for Defense Development (ADD) for a new cyber security consulting project. Stavrou and Auffret have partnered with Brent Kang, a professor in the Cyber Security Systems Research Lab at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), to provide technical consulting for ADD on test and evaluation methodologies for cyber security technologies they are developing.