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Karen L. Corral, PhD

Chair, IT-SCM and Marketing; Associate Professor, ITM • (208) 426-4865 • Mail Stop: 1615
Office Number: MBEB 3249

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Karen Corral is an Associate Professor of Information Technology in the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D. from Arizona State University (1996) she worked at various jobs in the printing and publishing industry. Before coming to Boise State in 2008 she was an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. Her research interests are in the general area of decision making. Most recently she has been examining the cost of document search for organizations. Her work has appeared in Decision Support Systems and Decision Sciences Journal among others.


  • PhD, Business Administration, Arizona State University
  • MS, Computer Information Systems, Arizona State University
  • BA, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan

Teaching Areas

  • Databases
  • Data and Information Management

Featured Publications

  • Schymik, G., Corral, K., Schuff, D., St. Louis, R. (in press). The Benefits and Costs of Using Metadata to Improve Enterprise Document Search. Decision Sciences Journal.
  • Corral, K. D. (2011). Comparing the Understandability of Alternative Data Warehouse Schemas: An empirical study. Decision Support Systems, vol. 52, 1, pp. 9-20.