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Darla Moore School of Business

Division of Research

The Division of Research at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, supports the research programs and facilitates the research efforts of the school's faculty. The division also reaches beyond the academic environment into the public and private sectors of the state of South Carolina. By conducting applied practical research on timely business and economic topics, the division has become a recognized center of expertise on issues associated with the state's economy.


Name Title
Joseph P. Von Nessen, Ph.D. Research Associate
Douglas P. Woodward, Ph.D. Director, Division of Research
Professor of Economics, UofSC

Basic Functions

Provide current data and information

  • On topics related to South Carolina's economy
  • For individuals, businesses and public agencies upon request

Maintain a bank of statistics

  • Comparison of South Carolina and its neighboring states
  • Wide variety of data

Sponsor the Annual Economic Outlook Conference

  • State's business and governmental leaders
  • Overview of South Carolina's short-term economic future
  • Information on current economic and business issues

Facilitate faculty research


Research Support

The DOR provides research functions not easily performed by individual faculty, such as collaboration with other global institutions and organizations. Such research efforts focus on economic impact studies and survey research.

The Division of Research also provides assistance to faculty of the Moore School so that maximum advantage can be taken of their research strengths. This assistance is two-pronged. First, the division helps faculty develop proposals for funding by external agencies. Second, it coordinates internal research funding through such activities as the Research Fellows Program and UofSC-Business Partnership Foundation Research Grants.


Division expertise draws on the research talents of the Moore School faculty from all areas of business and economics:

  • Economic impact analysis: international business, state and local, real estate
  • Economic trend analysis: forecasts, industry studies
  • Market surveys and analysis: telephone or mail surveys (businesses and consumers)
  • Focus groups: facilitate (moderate), analyze and interpret

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.