About the Author
Ken Black is Professor of Decision Sciences in the School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Houston–Clear Lake. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Graceland College; a Master of Arts in mathematics education from the University of Texas at El Paso; a Doctor of Philosophy in business administration in management science; and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational research from the University of North Texas.
Ken has taught all levels of statistics courses: forecasting, management science, market research and production/operations management. He has published 20 journal articles, over 20 professional papers and two textbooks: Business statistics: an introductory course and Business statistics: for contemporary decision making. Ken has consulted for many different companies, including Aetna, the City of Houston, NYLCare, AT&T, Johnson Space Centre, Southwest Information Resources, Connect Corporation and Eagle Engineering.
John Asafu-Adjaye is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Queensland (UQ). He obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in agricultural economics from the University of Ghana and then earned a Master of Science in operations research from the Aston Business School, UK. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy in natural resource economics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
At UQ John teaches business and economic statistics at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research activities include policy analysis of economic and environmental issues in Africa and the Asia–Pacific region. John is the author or co-author of over 80 researchbased publications, including 7 books and monographs, 5 book chapters, 63 peer-reviewed journal articles and 11 commissioned reports.
Paul Burke is a Research Fellow in the School of Marketing and Centre for the Study of Choice (CenSoC) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He obtained a Bachelor of Economic (First Class Honours in Marketing) from the University of Sydney. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching & Learning from UTS. Paul has won teaching awards for his work in business statistics and large class teaching from UTS as well as national recognition with citations from the Carrick Institute and the Australian Learning Teaching Council. He has published in many international journals including Research Policy, Educational Researcher, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Operations Management and Journal of Product Innovation Management. His research interests are in choice modelling, experimental design and consumer behaviour applied in the fields of education, ethical consumerism and innovation. He has been chief investigator on many large-scale grants including Discovery and Linkage grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC), working with many international companies and organisations.
Nazim Khan is a Lecturer and Consultant in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Western Australia. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from the University of Western Australia, a Technical Teachers Certificate from the Fiji Institute of Teaching, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in mathematics and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Western Australia.
Nazim has taught decision theory at the MBA level, financial mathematics, forecasting and statistics. Nazim is an active researcher in statistics and applications. He has also presented several papers and published several articles in mathematics and statistics education. Nazim has consulted for various companies and research groups in his capacity as Consultant with the UWA Statistical Consulting Group.
Andrew Papadimos is a Lecturer in international business, statistics and economics on the Brisbane campus of Australian Catholic University. His main research interests are the Chinese economy and International Business in the Asia–Pacific region. Apart from a PhD in International Relations and Economics, Andrew also has a Masters in Applied Law from the University About the authors of Queensland, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from ACU. Andrew has lived and worked for many years in Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China, and is fluent in speaking and reading Mandarin Chinese. He has also had a great deal of real-world experience with international business, having acted as a consultant on the Chinese economic and legal climate for international corporations conducting business with China.
Carl Sherwood is a Lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Queensland. He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of Queensland. With twenty years of professional experience as an engineer, Carl has crafted his teaching by capturing this wealth of business experience to make courses relevant to students.
Carl has been teaching a variety of subjects at the University of Queensland for more than a decade. He has primarily concentrated on teaching statistics, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as teaching business economics to managers studying at MBA level. As a result of his teaching efforts, Carl has won the University of Queensland School of Economics Teaching Excellence Award on four occasions, a University of Queensland Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and a National Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. One of Carl’s areas of research centres on exploring how statistics can be made more meaningful, practical and engaging for students.
Saleh A. Wasimi is an Associate Professor at Central Queensland University, Melbourne, Australia. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Iowa, US, and his Masters and Bachelor degrees in water resources engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka. He has worked in Bangladesh, the US and Australia as an academic and has conducted research and consultancy works in those countries as well as in Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland. Saleh’s current research interests include stochastic processes, optimisation, water resources planning and development, disaster management, hydrology, and hydraulics. He has authored in excess of 50 refereed articles and won awards for his publications.