College of Business and Behavioral Science

Centers and Institutes

Advising Center CBBS offers a dynamic educational experience for our students. With a fully engaged support network, research labs equipped with the latest technology and opportunities for hands-on learning, our students gain competitive skills while also gaining all-important confidence.

But our reach extends beyond the Clemson campus and into surrounding communities. Downtown Greenville not only functions as the student’s living laboratory — with access to international companies, business and civic leaders and enriching educational activities — but also as a community classroom, where the CBBS presence is strong.

Through relevant seminar programs, assistance for entrepreneurs and small businesses, executive education programs, and conferences and seminars where international experts stimulate dialogue and inspire positive action, CBBS fulfills its mission to develop leaders — both on campus and throughout the community.

Centers/Institutes with Outreach Missions

Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership
The mission of the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership is to support educational, research and outreach programs that promote entrepreneurial activity and economic development of the region, state and nation. The focus is on wealth creation through entrepreneurial activity.

Center for China Studies
Formed in 2007, the Center for China Studies promotes a better understanding of the U.S.-China relationship, China’s economic development and its impact on the world. The center sponsors and organizes a variety of programs, including a speaker series that brings various experts on China to the Upstate and campus. The center also assists in arranging scholarships and study-abroad programs to provide students with opportunities to study at top Chinese universities.

Center for Corporate Learning
Clemson University’s Center for Corporate Learning brings the University into the workplace and has been a provider of professional education and customized training programs for business, education and industry for more than 50 years. The Center for Corporate Learning brings together Clemson’s expert instructors and thought leaders, along with industry experts from across the nation to create dynamic learning environments for executive education and professional development. The center is dedicated to delivering job-specific solutions for today’s complex business world.

Center for Economic Research on the Family
Clemson’s Center for Economic Research on the Family (CERF) aims to provide timely policy relevant research for scholars and policy makers at the local, state, national, and international level. Based in the Department of Economics, it draws on the research strengths and interests of faculty and students in departments throughout the college as other scholars in other colleges at Clemson. Researchers at the Center blend contemporary and historical perspectives with innovative theoretical modeling and cutting edge empirical analyses of the macroeconomic and microeconomic factors that affect the long run well-being of individuals and societies throughout the world.

Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism
Founded in the fall of 2005 with a generous grant from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism is dedicated to exploring the moral, legal, constitutional, political and economic foundations of capitalism. The Clemson Institute is particularly devoted to fostering a serious examination of a free society.

Information Economy Project
The Information Economy Project (IEP) is where law & economics meet telecommunications policy. The information economy is central to the health of the global economy, invokes fundamental free speech issues, and determines how our basic social and economic institutions — including the emerging Internet and disruptive wireless markets — are shaped. The IEP supports academic research, policy analysis, and popular commentary using economic theory and empirical methods to evaluate the challenges facing policy makers, judges and entrepreneurs throughout the sector. 

Institute for Research in Human Factors and Ergonomics
At Clemson University, human factors and ergonomics faculty conduct research into human behavior and performance in a variety of contexts and settings including health care delivery environments, automobiles and home settings, in interactions with technology in general and computers in particular, and in high stress conditions such as military combat and other high risk environments.

Small Business Development Center
The Frank L. Roddey Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of South Carolina is a consortium of four universities and operates a state office and 15 regional/area centers located throughout the state. These centers offer a variety of services and management training courses tailored to meet the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses. SBDC consultants at each site provide management and technical assistance to those wishing to start or expand an enterprise.

Social Analytics Institute
The Social Analytics Institute (SAI) conducts funded research that examines social and computing challenges sparked by the emergence of new social technologies for individuals, organizations, and society. SAI projects generally involve gleaning insight from collecting, aggregating, analyzing and visualizing very large datasets drawn from social technologies (e.g., Facebook, Twitter etc.) as well as traditional sources (e.g., health, economic and census data). To do so, SAI involves faculty and staff from Behavioral, Business, Health, Humanities and Computing disciplines. SAI seeks to develop theories, models and tools that enable inquiry of social and business problems found in the global information economy.

BB&T Center for E ducation and Economic Policy Studie
The BB&T Center for Economic Education and Policy Studies helps people better understand markets in practical and ethical terms.

Student Service Centers

Academic Advising Center
The Academic Advising Center creates and administers a network of high-quality informational, guidance and support services that facilitate the optimal intellectual and personal development of CBBS students. The center’s mission reflects the core values of both Clemson University and CBBS by providing a student-oriented infrastructure of services that foster enhanced student academic, scholarship and leadership experiences.

Office of Student Enrichment
The CBBS Office of Student Enrichment (OSE) helps CBBS students become effective leaders, entrepreneurs and globally competitive professionals through programs that enhance their leadership capabilities and career-readiness. Through OSE, students receive assistance with professional development and careers; finding internships; resume review, full-time job search advice and interviewing skills; leadership opportunities; and study abroad information.

Labs for Student Learning

Manufacturing Management Lab
The Manufacturing Management Laboratory promotes active learning involving modern principles of manufacturing management, leading-edge enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, team work and leadership.

Clemson Trading Room
The Clemson Trading Room offers students an opportunity to gain real-time trading experience using sophisticated technology. Undergraduates use the Trading Room for projects ranging from corporate finance to portfolio management.

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