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P. George Benson, Ph.D.

Professor of Decision Science

Address: Tate Center 311
Office Hours: Dr. Benson is currently on sabbatical, please contact the department chair for advising purposes
Phone: 843-953-1356
E-mail: bensong@cofc.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download



Education

Ph.D. University of Florida, 1977
Major: Decision Sciences
Minors: Statistics and Economics
Dissertation: A Bayesian Analysis of Model Specification
                   Uncertainty in Forecasting and Control
                   (Adviser: Christopher B. Barry)
                 
                    New York University, September 1970 - June 1971
                    Major: Operations Research

B.S.              Bucknell University, June 1968
                    Major: Mathematics


Courses Taught

  • Elementary Managerial Statistics (Day and Extension)
  • Quantitative Methods for Administration (Day and Extension)
  • Methods for Quality Improvement
  • Business Statistics: Data Sources, Presentation, and Analysis Managerial Statistics (Carlson Executive MBA Program and Rutgers Executive MBA Program)
  • MBA Field Project
  • Statistical Methods I: Estimation and Testing Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design Stochastic Processes
  • Bayesian Inference and Decision Theory Decision Analysis
  • Foundations for Research in Applied Statistics

Honors and Awards

Academic Experience:

Professor of Decision Sciences, College of Charleston, July 2014 – present

President, College of Charleston, February 1, 2007 – June 30, 2014

Dean and Simon S. Selig, Jr. Chair for Economic Growth, Terry College of Business, The University of Georgia, 1998 through 2006.

Dean of the Faculty of Management (includes the School of Business-New Brunswick, the Graduate School of Management, and the School of Management-Newark), Rutgers University, 1996 to 1998.

Dean of the Faculty of Management-Newark (includes the Graduate School of Management and the School of Management-Newark), Rutgers University, 1993 to 1996.

Professor of Decision Sciences, Rutgers University, 1993 to 1998

Director, Operations Management Center, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, 1992-1993

Decision Sciences Area Head, University of Minnesota, 1983-1988

Associate Professor of Decision Sciences and Operations Management, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, 1982-1993. Held joint appointments in the Operations & Management Science Department and the Information & Decision Sciences Department.

Assistant Professor of Management Sciences, University of Minnesota, 1977-1982

Boards of Directors (only current):

Corporate
Primerica, Inc. (Atlanta), 2010-present; Lead Director, 2014-present; Corporate Governance Committee Chair, 2011-present

Crawford & Company (Atlanta), 2005-present (Governance Committee
Chair, 2010-present)

AGCO, Inc. (Atlanta), 2004-present (Governance Committee Chair, 2005-present)

Non-Profit
Galliard Management Corporation, Charleston, S.C., 2016-Present

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award:
Chair, Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, 2013-Present,
(reelected 2014, 2016, and 2017)

Chair-Elect, Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, 2011-2012

Director, Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, 2007-present

Chairman, Board of Overseers, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 2005-2007

Member, Board of Overseers, appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 2004-2007

Judge, appointed as one of nine national judges by U.S. Secretary of Commerce,
1997-1999

Chairman, 1999 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Regional Conference, Atlanta, May 1999

Chairman, 1998 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Regional Conference,
Philadelphia, May 1998

Awards and Honors (highlights):
2015 Outstanding 

Director Award, Atlanta Business Chronicle, December 2015.

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Lewisburg High School, Lewisburg, Pa., October 2014

Milliken Medal of Quality, South Carolina Quality Forum, October 2011

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C., May 2008

Abit Massey Lecturer, Georgia Society of Association Executives, 2004

Significant Sig, Sigma Chi Fraternity, 2004

Gridiron, University of Georgia, 2003

Fellow, Decision Sciences Institute, 2000

Alumni-Athlete Achievement Award, Bucknell University, 1997

Named one of “The Top 100 Business People in New Jersey” by Business News New Jersey, September 1996, for “...giving new life to business education at Rutgers by tapping into the business community.” 

New Jersey Small Business Development Center's Outstanding Leadership Award, 1996,   

for “...forging links between entrepreneurship and academics.”

Books:

Statistics for Business and Economics, First Edition 1978, Revised First Edition 1979, Second Edition 1982, Third Edition 1985, Fourth Edition 1988, Fifth Edition 1991, Sixth Edition 1994, Seventh Edition 1998, Eighth Edition 2001, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, Ninth Edition 2005, Tenth Edition 2008, Eleventh Edition 2011, Twelfth Edition 2014, Thirteenth Edition, 2018, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 833 pages (first six editions with J.T. McClave; seventh through thirteenth editions with J.T. McClave and T. Sincich).

A First Course in Business Statistics, First Edition 1981, Second Edition 1983, Third Edition 1986, Fourth Edition 1989, Fifth Edition 1992, Sixth Edition 1995, Seventh Edition 1998, Eighth Edition 2001, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 758 pages (first five editions with J.T. McClave; sixth, seventh, and eighth editions with J.T. McClave and T. Sincich).


Published Papers:
“A Baldrige Journey,” Journal of Performance Excellence, Baldrige Foundation, 2018, pp. 8-9.

“South Carolina Higher Education: At the Precipice”: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Vol. 15, No. 8, April 13, 2009.

“The Evolution of Business Education in the U.S.,” Decision Line, January 2004, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 17-20. REPRINTED in Dhir, Krishnas S. (editor), The Dean’s Perspective, Atlanta, Ga.: The Decision Sciences Institute, 2008.

“The Effects of Subject-Defined Categories on Judgmental Accuracy in Confidence Assessment Tasks,” Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Vol. 80, No. 2, November 1999, pp. 134-154 (with G. Browne and S. Curley).

“Evoking Information in Probability Assessment: Knowledge Maps and Reasoning-Based Directed Questions,” Management Science, Vol. 43, No. 1, January 1997, pp. 1-14 (with G. Browne and S. Curley).

“Evaluating Second-Order Probability Judgments with Strictly Proper Scoring Rules,” Theory and Decision, Vol. 41, 1996, pp. 165-178 (with K. Whitcomb).

“Belief Assessment: An Underdeveloped Phase of Probability Elicitation,” Management Science, Vol. 41, No. 10, October 1995, pp. 1639-1653, (with S. Curley and G. Smith).

“Arguments in the Practical Reasoning Underlying Constructed Probability Responses,” Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 1995, pp. 1-20, (with S. Curley, G. Browne, and G. Smith).

“Probability Judgment Accuracy for General Knowledge: Cross-National Differences and Assessment Methods,” Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 1995, pp. 51-67, (with K. Whitcomb, D. Onkal, and S. Curley).

“Applying a Cognitive Perspective to Probability Construction,” chapter in G. Wright and P. Ayton (editors), Subjective Probability, Chitchester: Wiley, 1994, pp. 185-209, (with S. Curley).

“An Evaluation of the Reliability of Probability Judgments Across Response Modes and Over Time,” Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Vol. 6, No. 4, December, 1993, (with K. Whitcomb, D. Onkal, and S. Curley).

“The Effectiveness of Imprecise Probability Representations for Probability Forecasting,” Journal of Forecasting, Vol. 12, 1993, (with K. Whitcomb).

“The Effects of Feedback and Training on the Performance of Probability Forecasters,” International Journal of Forecasting, Vol. 8, No. 4, December 1992 (with D. Onkal).

“Process Thinking: The Quality Catalyst,” Minnesota Management Review, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Fall, 1992. REPRINTED in Public Sector Quality Report, Vol. 1, Issue 1, January 1993.

“The Effects of Organizational Context on Quality Management: An Empirical Investigation,” Management Science, Vol. 37, No. 9, September 1991 (with J. Saraph and R. Schroeder).

“Belief, Knowledge, and Uncertainty: A Cognitive Perspective on Subjective Probability,” Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Vol. 48, No. 2, April 1991, (with G. Smith and S. Curley).

“An Instrument for Measuring the Critical Factors of Quality Management,” Decision Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 4, Fall 1989, (with J. Saraph and R. Schroeder).

“An Investigation of the Relationship Between Organizational Quality Context and Quality Management,” 1988 Proceedings of the Decision Sciences Institute, pp. 956-958, (with J. Saraph and R. Schroeder).

“Improving the Quality of Business Statistics Courses: A Process Approach,” American Statistical Association 1987 Proceedings of the Section on Statistical Education, (with D. A. Zahn, R. B. Miller, L. A. Sherr, and A. B. Godfrey).

“Measuring the Dimensions of Quality Management,” 1987 Proceedings of the Decision Sciences Institute, pp. 640-642, (with J. Saraph and R. Schroeder).

“Asset Redeployment: Trans World Corporation's Spinoff of TWA,” Financial Management, Vol. 15, No. 2, Summer 1986, pp. 50-58, (with G.J. Alexander and E. Gunderson). REPRINTED in Archer, S.H. and Kerr, H.S.,
 Readings and Cases in Corporate Finance, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1988.

“Classifying Sensory Inspectors with Heterogeneous Inspection-Error Probabilities,” Journal of Quality Technology, Vol. 18, No. 2, April 1986, pp. 79-90, (with H. Ohta).

“Teaching the Megacourse,” Focus, Winter 1986, p. 9, University of Minnesota, Office of Educational Development Programs (with G. Dickson).

“Investigating the Valuation Effects of Announcements of Voluntary Corporate Selloffs,” Journal of Finance, Vol. 39, No. 2, June 1984, pp. 503-517, (with G.J. Alexander and J.M. Kampmeyer).

“Random Coefficient Models of Security Returns: A Comment,” Quarterly Review of Economics and Business, Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring 1983, pp. 99-106, (with G.J. Alexander and C.E. Swan).

“A Bayesian Procedure for Classifying Inspectors in Sensory Tests,” 1982 Proceedings of the American Institute for Decision Sciences, pp. 309-311 (with H. Ohta).

“Modelling Common Stock Beta Coefficients as First-Order Markov Processes,” American Statistical Association 1982 Proceedings of the Business and Economic Statistics Section, pp. 556-561 (with G.J. Alexander and C.E. Eger).

“Timing Decisions and the Behavior of Mutual Fund Systematic Risk,” Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Volume 17, No. 4, November 1982, pp. 579-602 (with G.J. Alexander and C.E. Eger).

“Manufacturing Systems of the Future: A Delphi Study,” Production and Inventory Management, Volume 23, No. 3, Third Quarter 1982, pp. 87-106 (with A.V. Hill and T.R. Hoffmann).

“An Investigation of Motivational Bias in Subjective Predictive Probability Distributions,” Decision Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 2, April 1982, pp. 225-239 (with M.L. Nichols)

“More on Beta as a Random Coefficient,” Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 1982, pp. 27-36 (with G.J. Alexander).

“On the Implications of Specification Uncertainty in Forecasting,” Decision Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 1, January 1982, pp. 176-184 (with C.B. Barry).

“Forecasting Under Specification Uncertainty,” 1981 Proceedings of the American Institute for Decision Sciences, pp. 355-357 (with C.B. Barry).

“An Improper Scoring Rule for Creating and Characterizing Biasing Incentives,” Midwest Aids 1981 Proceedings, pp. 283-285 (with S. Bajgier).

“A Relative Area Approach to Subjective Probability Assessment,” 1980 Proceedings of the American Institute for Decision Sciences, p. 316 (with E. White and U. Anderson).

“The Planning Stage in Statistical Reasoning,” The American Statistician, Vol. 34, No. 4, November 1980, pp. 222-226 (with N.L. Chervany, and R.K. Iyer).

“A Management Science Approach to a Dutch Elm Disease Sanitation Program,” Interfaces, Vol. 10, No. 2, April 1980, pp. 108-114 (with N.L. Chervany, J.C. Anderson, A.V. Hill).

“An Examination of the Planning and Execution Stage in Statistical Reasoning,” 1978 Proceedings of the American Institute for Decision Sciences, pp. 125-127 (with N.L. Chervany).

“Modeling Specification Uncertainty in Decision Making,” 1975 Proceedings of the American Institute for Decision Sciences, pp. 66-68 (with C.B. Barry).