Linda Leon is an associate professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics at LMU's College of Business Administration. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on financial modeling, operations analysis and business statistics. Linda also serves as chair and director of the CBA Assurance of Learning Committee. Before Linda joined the LMU faculty in 1988, she was a teaching and research assistant at UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management.
UCLA: Ph.D., Management Science 1988
UCLA: B.A., Business/Managerial Economics 1982
Areas of Expertise (5)
Spreadsheet Operation Research Modelling Techniques
Supply Chain Management
Industry Expertise (3)
- CBA Assurance of Learning Committee
Past studies show that only a small percent of organizations implement and enforce formal rules or informal guidelines for the planning, design and development, usage, modification, and disposition stages of spreadsheet models.
In the past decade, accounting scandals and financial reporting errors have led to heightened awareness of the need for IT controls and legislation of control regimes.
Do students learn to model OR/MS problems better by using computer-based interactive tutorials and, if so, does increased interactivity in the tutorials lead to better learning?
At one end of the spectrum a spreadsheet can be viewed as a large and powerful calculator. However, modern spreadsheets provide a sophisticated modeling environment with an interface that can be productively used by an end-user novice and an operations research/management scientist (OR/MS) expert alike.
Kolb's experiential theory of learning, later modified by McCarthy to develop the 4MAT model, shows that active experimentation is a large part of learning for all types of learners.
In this article, the authors describe a graduate course based on a cooperative learning strategy involving structured group interaction.