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Samuel Seaman, PhD

Professor of Decision Sciences
Graziadio Business School


Dr. Samuel L. Seaman is professor of Decision Sciences in the Graziadio Business School. He teaches graduate courses in applied statistics and evidence-based decision analysis and has an applied research agenda that focuses on the use of mathematical models to solve dilemmas in economics, finance, healthcare, and marketing. He has published in numerous academic journals including Business Economics, Communications in Statistics, Head & Neck Surgery, the Journal of Business Forecasting, the Journal of Business Venturing, and Strategic Management Journal. His consulting engagements have led to meaningful improvements in credit-scoring models, predictive models of charitable giving, and assessment models used to evaluate the efficacy of strategic initiatives on corporate financial performance. His true passion, time permitting, is the ongoing search for an optimal solution to the "Particle/Wave Duality Paradox" in his lab at Malibu's Surfrider Beach.


  • University of Florida, Doctor of Philosophy
  • Stetson University, Master of Education

  • Stetson University, Bachelor of the Arts


Salassa, J.R., Seaman, S.L., Ruff, T., Lenis, A., Bellens, E.E., & Brown, A.K. (1988). Oral dantrolene sodium for tonsillectomy pain: A double blind study. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Volume 98(1), pp. 26-33.

Bowman-Upton, N., Seaman, S.L. & Sexton, D.L. (1989). Innovation evaluation programs: Do they help the investors? Journal of Small Business Management, Volume 27 (3), pp. 23-30.

Jennings, D.F. & Seaman, S.L. (1989). Corporate venturing in established firms: An empirical study of strategy and structure relationships. Best Paper Award. National Competition sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University: New York, New York.

Capone, C. & Seaman, S.L. (1989). Uses and misuses of hypothesis testing. Journal of Business Forecasting, Volume 8 (3), pp. 8-27.

Seaman, S.L. Young, D.M., & Turner, D.W. (1989). On the robustness of the extreme deviate test for a single multivariate outlier against heavy-tailed distributions. Communications in Statistics: Theory and Methods, Volume 18 (9), pp. 3289-3303.

Seaman, S.L., Baldwin, J., & Young, D.M. (1990). An empirical comparison of variable selection strategies on the forecasting of corporate bankruptcy. The Journal of Business Forecasting: Methods and Systems, Volume 9 (3), pp. 23-27.

Young, D.M., Seaman, J.W., & Seaman, S.L. (1990). A power comparison of eight test statistics for detecting univariate non-normality. The Texas Journal of Science, Volume 42 (3), pp. 295-302.

Gray, V.D. & Seaman, S.L. (1990). Quality: What's a small firm to do? Baylor Business Review, Volume 8 (3), pp. 25-27.

Cornell, J.E., Young, D.M., Seaman, S.L., & Kirk, R.E. (1992). Power comparisons of eight tests for sphericity in repeated measures designs. Journal of Educational Statistics, Volume 17 (3), 233-249.

Upton, N.B., Seaman, S.L., & Dyer, P. (1992). An exploratory analysis of family system types in family businesses. The Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, Volume 5 (3), pp. 17-29.

Upton, N.B. & Seaman, S.L. (1993). On rational decision making and the family business. Abstract published in Family Business, Volume 4 (3), p. 7.

Jennings, D.F. & Seaman, S.L. (1994). High and low levels of organizational adaptation: An empirical analysis of strategy, structure, and performance. Strategic Management Journal, Volume 15, pp. 459-475.

Henderson, J.W & Seaman, S.L. (1994). Predicting turning points in economic activity with indexes of economic indicators: Improved reliability using a logistic regression model. Paper given the Abramson Scroll Award for an outstanding feature article. Business Economics, Volume 29 (1), pp. 40-45.

Young, D.M., Seaman, S.L., & Seaman, J.W. (1995). A comparison of six test statistics for detecting multivariate non-normality which utilize the multivariate squared-radii statistic. Texas Journal of Science, Volume 47 (1), pp. 21-38.

Thomas, C. William, & Seaman, S.L. (1996). Ethics violations in the accounting profession: an empirical investigation. Research on Accounting Ethics, Volume 2, pp. 243-263.

Kelly, T.M., Henderson, J. W., & Seaman, S.L. (1997). The efficiency of tax abatement in the market for jobs. Journal of Economics, 23(2), pp. 73-88.

Thomas, C.W., Davis, C. and Seaman, S.L. (1998). Quality review, continuing professional education, experience, and substandard performance: an empirical study. Accounting Horizons Vol. 12 (4). This paper has been cited for having the "Highest Quality Rating" - ANBAR Citation of Excellence.

Palich, L.E., Carini, G.R., & Seaman, S.L. (2000). The impact of internationalization on the diversification-performance relationship: a replication and extension of prior research. Journal of Business Research, Volume 48(1), pp. 43-54.

Teal, E.J., Seaman, S.L. & Upton, N. (2003). A Comparative Analysis of Strategic Marketing Practices of High Growth US Family and Non-Family Firms. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Volume 8 (2), pp. 177-195.

Moore, K.K., Seaman, S.L., Doke, T., Kidwell, D., & Melis, A. (2003). Computer Aided Efforts to Combat Urban Crime. Crime and Justice International, Volume 19 (70), pp. 27-28.

Teal, E.J., Upton, N., & Seaman, S.L. (2003). Growth goals, strategies, and compensation practices of US family and non-family high-growth firms. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Volume 4 (2), pp. 113-120.

Upton, N. & Seaman, S.L. (2004). An Analysis of the Strategic Marketing Practices of High-growth Family Firms. Forum Empresarial: Administracion de Empresas, Volume 9 (1), pp. 25-40.

Cooper, M., Upton, N., & Seaman, S.L. (2005). Customer Relationship Management: A Comparative Analysis of Family and Non-family Business Practices. The Journal of Small Business Management, Volume 43 (3), pp. 242-256.

Seaman, S.L. and Hall, O.P. (June, 2005). "Forecasting major league baseball performance using neural networks." Abstract published in the proceedings of the International Symposium on Forecasting Scholarship, San Antonio, Texas.

Williams, M. & Seaman, S.L. (2005). Measuring Success: How IT Helps and Hinders the Quest for Value. Graziadio Business Review, Volume 8 (4). (https://gbr.pepperdine.edu/054/itmatters.html).

Scott, A. & Seaman, S.L. (March, 2006). "Relationship Advertising: the Appeal of Intimacy (disclosure) in Services Marketing". Extended abstract published in the Proceedings of the American Advertising Association (Reno, Nevada).

Ait-Ouyahia, H. & Seaman, S.L. (July, 2006). "Why marketing needs the humanities: the case for a philosophy-based pedagogy in marketing." Abstract published in the proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Carthage, Tunisia.

Carlson, D., Upton, N., & Seaman, S.L. (2006). The Impact of Human Resource Practices and Compensation Design on Performance: An Analysis of Family-owned SME's. Journal of Small Business Management, Volume 44 (4), pp. 531-543.

Hall, O.P. & Seaman, S.L. (June, 2007). "Corporate Repurchase Policy: A Comparative Analysis of Logistic Regression, Discriminant Analysis, and Probabilistic Neural Networks." Abstract published in the proceedings of the International Symposium on Forecasting (p. 22). New York, New York.

Hall, O.P. Jr. & Seaman, S.L. (June, 2008). "Information and Communication Technology for Groups: Applications to Management Education." Paper published in the Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Seaman, S.L., Smith, D., & Williams, M. (June, 2008). "A Course on Virtue in Commerce: Lessons Learned." Abstract published in the Proceedings of the National Faculty Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.

Seaman, S.L. & Goukasian, L. (2009). "Comparison of classification models for predicting equipment lease and loan default?" Journal of Equipment Lease Financing, Volume 27 (1), pp. 1-7.

Hall, O. P., & Seaman, S.L. (2009). "Developing Winning Baseball Teams: a Neural Net Analysis." International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing. Volume 5 (3), pp. 277-294.

Hahn, W. J. & Seaman, S.L. (2009). Special Technical Analysis: The Winners Curse and Optimal Auction Bidding Strategies. The Graziadio Business Report. Volume 12 (2) (https://gbr.pepperdine.edu/092/biddingstrategies.html).

Baskin, O., Hahn, J., Seaman, S.L., Reines, D., & Hass G. (in press). "Perceived Effectiveness and Implementation of Public Relations Measurement and Evaluation Tools among European Providers and Consumers of PR Services". Public Relations Review.

Delaney, C., Hall, O.P. Jr., & Seaman, S.L. (in press). "Evaluating the efficacy of mandatory attendance." Paper accepted for publication in Advances and Applications in Statistical Sciences.