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Daniel Wright, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Daniel Wright, PhD

Faculty Director, Center for Business Analytics; Professor of Management and Operations | Villanova School of Business | Villanova University


Daniel Wright, PhD, is an expert in Business Analytics, Management and Operations.





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Areas of Expertise (7)


Healthcare Staffing

Service Operations

Supply Chain Management

Operations Management

Retail Supply Chains

Healthcare Operations


In today's rapidly shifting retail/e-tail marketplace Dr. Wright is a go-to source to discuss the unprecedented demands business managers face in navigating the new landscape of commerce. His research interests focus on workforce scheduling; healthcare applications and retail/e-tail supply chains.

Education (3)

Indiana University: PhD

Indiana University,: MBA

James Madison University: BA

Select Accomplishments (3)

Interim Dean, Villanova School of Business (professional)


Vice Dean, Villanova School of Business (professional)


Emerging Scholar in Operations Management (professional)

Villanova School of Business

Affiliations (1)

  • Member of the Decision Science Institute (DSI), INFORMS, and POMS

Select Media Appearances (4)

Campus vs beach

The Economist  


This has encouraged many to shelter in education for a while longer and to learn a specialised discipline. Yulia Kot, a 21-year-old graduate reading for a masters in international finance at HEC Paris, says she needed a “big push” before embarking on a career in investment banking. Because jobs in that sector are now hard to come by, she says, she has to have the specialised qualification. Big data is another growing area of study. Last year, 94% of schools that offer a masters in subjects such as business analytics saw applications rise significantly. It was big business itself that lobbied for the programmes, says Daniel Wright, vice dean of Villanova University’s business school in Pennsylvania, because firms found that traditional MBAs were falling short in areas such as statistics...

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KPMG to pay entry-level employees to earn Villanova master’s in accounting

Philadelphia Business Journal  


KPMG is partnering with Villanova School of Business and The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business to develop a new approach to learning with master’s degree programs emphasizing data and analytics (D&A) in accounting. This KPMG program will pay the full tuition, room and board for 50 students — 25 at each school. The firm will place entry-level employees into the program starting in fall 2017. The group will intern at the firm in the spring and return to complete their studies in the summer. They will become full-time KPMG employees by fall 2018.

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Masters of Science in Analytics: Big plans for big data

The Economist  online


FOR MORE than 100 years, the standard for business education has been the Master’s of Business Administration. For good reason is this blog called Which MBA?: there has been little competition for the programme offered as standard by business schools. But we may soon need a name change. A slew of other master-level degrees—in general management, for example, or accounting—are proving increasingly popular. Another niche option is gaining ground on more traditional degrees: the Master of Science in Analytics, or MSA. The degree, which focuses on business analytics, has come into vogue as a result of industry lobbying, explains Daniel Wright, dean of the school of business at Villanova University, Pennsylvania. “We have a number of executives visiting our campus who told us a number of years ago there was a need for a different type of graduate degree,” he says. Their wish-list for potential employees included more rigorous statistical knowledge, and more technical teaching of analytics than the traditional MBA provides. The nebulous term “big data” has become a big issue for businesses.

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Student Experience Central to Differentiating in the Online Marketplace

The Evolllution  online


With the rise of online education and the increasing number of students who opt for eLearning, today’s colleges and universities need to clearly distinguish themselves in the marketplace. According to the National Center of Education Statistics, the number of online students has grown to 5.4 million (or one in four students), and most college and university presidents report that their institutions are offering online programs to meet that demand. With some reports showing online course adoption slowing a bit, it is more crucial than ever for schools to set themselves and their programs apart from the more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. The Villanova School of Business has offered online programs for eight years—earning a no. 6 ranking for Best Online Degree Programs: Graduate Business from U.S. News & World Report. While proud of our ranking, we believe that offering an outstanding online education and experience with the same high standards and commitment to community as a traditional campus program is the key to delivering excellent online education.

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Select Academic Articles (5)

In-Store Pickup and Returns for a Dual Channel Retailer

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

P. Daniel Wright, S. Mahar


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Optimizing marketer costs and consumer benefits across “ clicks ” and “ bricks ”

Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science

P. Daniel Wright, Stephen Mahar, Kurt M. Bretthauer and Ronald Paul Hill


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Eli Lilly and Company Uses Integer Programming to Form Volunteer Teams in Impoverished Countries


Stephen Mahar, Wayne Winston, P. Daniel Wright


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Centralized nurse scheduling to simultaneously improve schedule cost and nurse satisfaction


P. Daniel Wright, Stephen Mahar


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Using Online Pickup Site Inclusion Policies to Manage Demand in Retail/E-tail Organizations

Computers and Operations Research

P. Daniel Right, S. Mahar and P. Salzarulo


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