The Quantitative MBA: Exploring the Relationship Between Quantitative Orientation and the Pursuit of a Business Degree

  • David Fogarty University of Phoenix
Keywords: MBA, Business, Left-Brained, Quantitative, Creative, Right-Brained


Focusing on undergraduate business MBA students this paper explores the hypothesis that students with a quantitative orientation self-select themselves into undergraduate business and MBA programs.  This paper explores the hypothesis that quantitative oriented students self-select into undergraduate business and MBA programs.  This is in comparison to undergraduate and graduate business students as opposed to the general population of students.  This research does not confirm the hypothesis that business school graduates are skewed toward the quantitative orientation and raises the questions around what is the right profile for firms to be able to compete in the future.  This is especially an important philosophical question coming out of the Great Recession where quantitative analysis could not prevent the collapse of the global financial system.

Author Biography

David Fogarty, University of Phoenix
David Fogarty has a Ph.D. in Applied Statistics from Leeds
Beckett University located in the United Kingdom and currently works at Cigna, a Fortune 100 company, the fourth largest US health insurance company and the largest global health insurer as their Head of Global Customer
Value Management and Analytics

David currently has over 10 US patents or patents pending on business analytics algorithms and is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Quality which is the highest qualification within the Six Sigma Quality methodology.

In addition to his work as a practitioner David has over 10 years of teaching experience and have held various adjunct academic appointments at both the graduate and undergraduate level in statistics, international management and quantitative analysis at various universities across the globe.

In term of scholarship David has over 50 published research papers in peer reviewed academic journals and has recently published a book on advanced analytics for business


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