Decision Sciences and MIS


The Decision Sciences Department has three major research disciplines: statistics, operations research and operations management. Statistics research topics include datamining, quality control, correlation/covariance and skewness models; in Operations Research, nonlinear optimization, which encompasses a range of mathematical methods to model and optimize the performance of complex systems in business, engineering, and medicine; and in Operations Management, the modeling and analysis of strategic and operational decisions in supply chain management and healthcare systems.

Recent Works

McWilliams, Thomas P., Davis, Darwin, Saniga, Erwin, Lucas, James, and Faraz, Alireza, Characteristics of Economically Designed CUSUM and X-Bar Charts. Frontiers in Statistical Quality Control (Forthcoming)

Arnheiter, Edward, Teaching Lean Management using Experiential Methods to Improve Learning. International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education 5 (Fall 2014): 344-362.

Maleyeff, John, Arnheiter, Edward, and Venkateswaran, Venkat, The Continuing Evolution of Lean Six Sigma. The Tqm Journal 24 (Nov 2012):

McCullough, B D., and McWilliams, Thomas P., Students with the initial ‘‘A’’ don’t get better grades. Journal of Research in Personality 45 (Mar 2011): 340-343.

McWilliams, Thomas P., and Hargreaves, Bruce R., Polynomial Trendline Function Flaws in Microsoft Excel. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis 54 (Mar 2010): 1190-1196.

Arnheiter, Edward, and Greenland, Jean, Looking for Root Cause: A Comparative Analysis. The Tqm Journal 20 (Jan 2008): 18-30.

Saniga, E, McWilliams, Thomas P., Davis, D, and Lucas, J, Economic Advantages of CUSUM Control Charts for Variables. Frontiers in Statistical Quality Control 8 (Apr 2006): 185-198.

Saniga, E, McWilliams, Thomas P., Davis, D, and Lucas, J, Economic Control Chart Policies for Monitoring Variables. International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management 1 (Jan 2005): 116-138.

Arnheiter, Edward, and Harren, Hendrik, Quality Management in a Modular World. The Tqm Journal 18 (Jan 2006): 87-96.

Arnheiter, Edward, A Case Study: Lean and R&D at Henkel Loctite. Rensselaer Journal of Management and Technology 1 (Jun 2005): 19-25.

Arnheiter, Edward, and Maleyeff, John, The Integration of Lean Management and Six Sigma. The Tqm Magazine 17 (Jan 2005): 5-18.

McWilliams, Thomas P., The Design of Truncated Sequential Test Plans Based on Attributes Data. Communications in Statistics - Simulation and Computation 33 (Sep 2004): 843-859.

Arnheiter, Edward, and Harren, Hendrik, A Typology to Unleash the Potential of Modularity. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management 16 (Fall 2005): 699-711.

Davis, D. J., McWilliams, Thomas P., and Saniga, E. M., On the Design of Single Sample Acceptance Sampling Plans.. Economic Quality Control 16 (Sep 2001): 193-198.

Davis, D. J., McWilliams, Thomas P., and Saniga, E. M., Economic, Statistical and Economic-Statistical Design of X and R or X and s Charts.. Journal of Quality Technology 33 (Sep 2001): 234-241.