Research Team Leaders

Richard Palmer Richard Palmer is a Professor of Accounting and Copper Dome Faculty Fellow in the Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University. Previously, he held positions at Washington University in St. Louis, Eastern Illinois University, and the University of Tennessee, he held management positions in both public accounting and the banking industry. Richard is a frequent speaker at commercial card conferences and is the author of over 60 professional and academic publications, including award-winning articles about industry use of e-procurement tools and bank commercial cards. His e-commerce and commercial card insights have been quoted in U.S. Senate hearings, the Wall Street Journal, ABC News Good Morning America, CNN Money, CBS News MarketWatch, American Banker, Business Finance, Purchasing, CFO, Cost Management, Treasury and Risk Management, Financial Executive, Credit Card News, Cards International, Credit Card Management, Federal Times, Journal of Payments Strategy and Systems, Government Procurement, and Business Integration.


Mahendra GuptaMahendra Gupta is a Virgil Professor of Accounting and Management at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University. Mahendra has been a consultant to various financial service and manufacturing firms, as well as government agencies. His writings have appeared in top accounting and management journals. Professor Gupta also served on the editorial board of several top journals in the accounting profession and currently serves on the board of several organizations. He has written extensively and speaks frequently on e-commerce, performance measurement, and commercial card products.