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Thomas J. Dudley, DBA

Professor of Decision Sciences

Emeritus

Phone: (310) 568-5500

Email: thomas.dudley@pepperdine.edu

Thomas J. Dudley Professor of Decision Sciences

Dr. Dudley is an expert in the application of quantitative methods and decision systems to management and business problems, with special emphasis on strategy formulation and implementation. He has served on various boards of directors of public and private companies. He served for 10 years on the board of SpaceLabs Medical, Inc., where he was chairman of the audit committee and a member of the compensation and executive committees, which was listed on NASDAQ. He also served on the boards of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Los Angeles unit, America-China Association for Science, and Technology Exchange, the latter two of which are both not-for-profit organizations. He presently serves on the board of Auto Graphics, Inc. In conclusion, Dr. Dudley has extensive experience as a professor, author, business consultant, board member and business executive.

University of Southern California

Doctor of Business Administration
Quantitative Methods

University of Michigan

Master of Business Administration
Finance and Management

University of Michigan

Bachelor of the Arts
Economics and Mathematics

Education

University of Southern California

Doctor of Business Administration
Quantitative Methods

University of Michigan

Master of Business Administration
Finance and Management

University of Michigan

Bachelor of the Arts
Economics and Mathematics

Professional Experience

Dr. Dudley’s field of expertise is the application of quantitative methods to business and management problems. In a career spanning some forty years, he has consulted in major industries such as aerospace, health care, automotive, food products, computers and non-profit organizations as well as Indian Tribes in Montana and Arizona. He has been involved with a number of start-up companies as participant and advisor. Dr. Dudley has been an expert witness on business damage and loss of profit cases; and he recently gave testimony to the U.S. Congress Sub-committee on National Parks and Public Lands. Prior to beginning his Pepperdine tenure, Dr. Dudley was assistant to the president of Channing Financial Corporation, the first director of the computer facility, Graduate School of Business, University of Southern California, operations analyst at Capitol Records, Inc., and a management engineer at Convair Division of General Dynamics Corporation.

Publications and Associations

Dr. Dudley is a member of the INFORMS, the World Future Society, the Academy of Management and Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Society. He is listed in Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in Data Processing, Glendale Area History and Academic Keys, Who’s Who in Business Higher Education. He received the Harriet and Charles Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellows Award for 1994-95 and the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award for 1998 and again in 2005, and he serves on the accreditation committee of the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools. He has written extensively and has produced many published and private papers, articles, manuscripts, textbooks, and training manuals.

Teaching Experience

Dr. Dudley has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in all areas of quantitative methods and decision systems and their applications at Pepperdine University, University of Southern California, and UCLA Extension. He has taught special courses for the baking industry, Northrop Corporation, the Institute of Aerospace Safety and the U.S. Army Finance Corps. In his 35 years with Pepperdine’s School of Business and Management, he has been a member of the dean’s policy committee, professor for the PKE and Executive MBA programs, has served three terms as head of the Quantitative Department and held numerous committee chairmanships.

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