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Frank Wadsworth, Ph.D.

Head, Division of Business
Professor of Marketing and International Studies
Division of Business
CC Room 118

PHONE: 812.348.7327


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991
  • MS, Michigan State University, 1991
  • BS, Purdue University, 1986
  • BA, Purdue University, 1980

Professional Activities

  • Indiana University Kokomo, Dean (2010-2011)
  • Indiana University Southeast (1993 - 2010)
  • Hanoi School of Business, Vietnam National University (2010)
  • College of Business Administration, De La Salle University, Dasmarinas, Philippines (2010)
  • Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai Campus, International Franchise Academy (2006)
  • U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Marketing Practices (2004)

Administrative & Service Responsibilities

  • Overseas Study Advisory Council (2008-present)
  • IUPUI Promotion and Tenure Committee (2012-present)
  • University Faculty Council (2012-2013)
  • IUPUI Sabbatical Committee (2011-2012)
  • Search and Screen, Division of Liberal Arts Division Head, Chair (2012)
  • Search and Screen, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Chair (2011-2012)

Research Activities

  • Franchising (turnover, risk, financial performance representations, franchisee satisfaction)
  • International Corruption
  • Current projects: Why Franchisees Leave Their System, How to Identify Risky Franchises

Awards & Activities

  • International Society of Franchising, member and past conference chair
  • Certified Franchise Executive, International Franchise Association, 2000


  • Wadsworth, F., Wheat, J., & Swartz, B.  (2012). Balkan Corruption Perception: Impediments to Competitive Activity in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, FYROM, Serbia/Montenegro, and Slovenia.  International Business & Economics Research Journal, 11(7), 731-744.
  • Wadsworth, F. and Cox, K.C. (2011).  Identifying Risky Franchises.  Journal of Marketing Channels, 18(1), 43-55.
  • Wadsworth, F., Swartz, B., and Wheat, J. (2010).  Corruption in the Baltic State Region.  International Business & Economics Research Journal, 9(2), 109-116.
  • Wheat, J., Swartz, B. and Wadsworth, F. (2008).  Financial Systems in Central Asia. Journal of International Business Research, 7(3), 85-98.
  • Swartz, B., Wadsworth, F., and Wheat, J. (2008).  Perceptions of Corruption in Central Asian Countries.  International Business & Economics Research Journal, 7(3), 71-78.

Civic Engagement

  • Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2013-present)
  • United Way of Bartholomew County, Agency Development Board (2012-present)
  • Leadership Bartholomew County participant (2012)
  • Boy Scouts of America, Lincoln Heritage Council, George Rogers Clark District, Eagle Board member (2002-2012)

Contact, Address and Additional Links


4601 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 47203

Phone: 812.348.7311

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