The center's research draws on the expertise of TAPMI faculty across all business disciplines. As a result, research projects are frequently cross-disciplinary in approach and scope. The research design is often characterized by field-based techniques such as interviews, questionnaires, and hands-on involvement by researchers. In addition, the research agenda recognizes both the blurring of historic institutional distinctions induced by market forces and regulatory changes, as well as the ongoing globalization of financial institutions and services.
Along with collaboration, communication is a key part of the Center's mission and activities. Research efforts are communicated through publications, industry forum groups, and Center sponsored conferences. Many of these activities are undertaken jointly with research partners, including other research centers and corporate sponsors.
The center utilizes the broad and established research capabilities of TAPMI faculty and students. The efforts of academic researchers are combined with the real-world expertise of industry practitioners through research partnerships and direct sponsorship of research by financial services firms. CRBF research brings together experts from various fields of management to foster a rich portfolio of research topics and approaches. The Center projects involve field-based research methodologies, underscoring the goal of addressing the real-world issues facing the financial services sector.
All research evolves from a close interaction with industry participants. Close collaboration with industry leaders, public policymakers and other researchers fosters a research agenda of relevant and timely topics. Ongoing communication with the industry provides the input and feedback needed to deliver usable research results to industry practitioners. It is a research model founded on solid scholarship, but grounded in real-world insights.