Rodger Collons

                      Rodger D. Collons        

 

January 8, 1935  Glen, Nebraska

 226 Rivercrest Drive; Phoenixville, PA 19460  

610 -547 4256               collonrd@gmail.com                       

 Married 49 years to Cynthia.  Two amazing children, Kevin and Theresa, each with three grandchildren.

Professor, LeBow College of Business

Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 19014   1971-present

 

Education

D.B.A. (1967) & M.B.A, (1965) Georgia State University;

J.D., George Washington University (1961);

B.S., Civil Engineering (1957) University of Texas-El Paso

 

Areas of Expertise & Research

Decision Sciences, law, ethics, leadership, & risk management

 

Books and other creative contributions

Classics in Scientific Management, with Donald Del Mar, University of Alabama Press, 1976.  Decision Making Values and the Law, McGraw-Hill/Irwin 2006 ISBN 0-390-60456-9

Organized and managed National Science Foundation Conference “Incentives for the generation, dissemination and use of scientific and technical information,” 1977.

Bi-monthly series on leadership, Best’s Review, Life and Health Ed., Oct 1980-Feb.1983

Conducted proprietary research, which demonstrated that credit data is highly useful in identifying high-risk drivers before they have accidents.  This research created highly profitable new markets for the credit bureaus and credit scoring industries by making it possible for auto rental companies and auto insurance companies to use credit data to reduce loss due to auto accidents.  The economic impact of this research since 1982 is estimated to be in the billions of dollars

Conducted proprietary research, using computer programs based upon the work of a Nobel laureate, which over 25 years achieved risk-adjusted rate of return in excess of 20% annually.   This process made it possible to exit the market before the crash; creating the dilemma of how and when to re-enter.  The lesson learned is that science does not work well during periods when markets are in chaotic disarray.

Organized the first national and international conferences for DSI on the MBA Core Curriculum (Boston, 1995  & Sydney, 1996) These efforts laid the groundwork for the creation of the MBA Roundtable, which has global reach.

 

Editorial activities

Founding editor, DECISION LINE, 1969-72

Founding advisory board, SMALL BUSINESS REVIEW, 1973-75

Founding editor, CREATIVE LEADERSHIP REVIEW, 1979-81

Editor, special issue of international journal Managerial & Decision Economics, Dec. 1990

Associate Editor International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences 2009-

Editorial Board International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences 2009-

 

Awards & Honors

Fellow, Decision Sciences Institute, 1977-

Distinguished Service Award, Decision Sciences Institute, 1972; Distinguished Service Award, Alpha Iota Delta, 1976; and Special award for dedication and leadership 2005.

Occupied James S. Bingay Chair in Creative Leadership while visiting at The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA 1979-80.

 Marquis Who's Who:  America, 1978; World 1982; American Law 1992; American Education 2003

 

Leadership Experience

Dean, College of Business and Administration, Drexel University 1971-76, elevated MBA program from unranked to 41 in U.S.A using decision sciences paradigm.            Board of Directors, 1972-1976 and President (1975) Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration.

Director, Hull Foundation for Creative Leadership The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA, 1979-1981, Chairman was former U.S. Secretary of Education. While there I created Masters Program in Leadership for the financial services industry, which was housed in the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of Management.

Director, Division of Administrative Sciences, Kanawha Valley Graduate Center, University of West Virginia, 1969-71.

Founding Director, Division of Business and Economics Columbus College, Columbus, Georgia 1968-69.  (Now a School of Business within Columbus State University.)

DSI.  Co-founder (1969), president (1972-73) and member of the Board of Directors (1969-1974) of The Decision Sciences Institute, the global professional society for 2,500 scholars from all academic disciplines in business.  

AID.  Founding president (1971) and member of the Board of Directors. (1971-date) of Alpha Iota Delta, the international honor society in the decision sciences.  We all take pride in the fact that our honor society has joined Beta Gamma Sigma as the only other honor society in the business disciplines that has been admitted to membership by the American Association of Collegiate Honor Societies.

 

Community 

Chairman (1972-1974), ABACUS-Alliance for Business-Academe & Commerce,

Board of Directors (1973-1976); Kiwanis Club of Philadelphia; Board of Directors (1974-1982); Philadelphia Civic Ballet, and President (1980-1986); Board of Directors (1975-1995; 2003-) Rosemont-Villanova Civic Association. Member Philadelphia Country Club since 1973: four holes in one, The1890 Cup and three better ball of partners championships, all with amazing partners.  I am an addicted fly fisherman and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

 

Professional licenses and professional designations

Registered U.S. Patent Examiner; Admitted to Virginia and Georgia Bars; Chartered Life Underwriter; and Charted Financial Consultant

 

Beginnings

I joined the U.S. Patent office out of engineering school where I served for four years.  Upon graduation from law school, I left the patent office and joined the patent law firm of Strauch Nolan and Neal where I met my wife.  I then joined the law department of Lockheed Georgia Company where I evaluated inventions, filed and prosecuted patent applications for Lockheed and its talented engineers.  From there I migrated into the academic community, where I stayed largely due to my involvement in the creation, organization, and nurturing of the decision sciences, institute and the decision sciences whose name we created.

 

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