Dr. Bruce Reinig is one of two professors to teach multiple classes in the SDSU sports MBA program: Operations and Supply Chain Management in the summer and Business Analytics in the fall. Reinig, the 2012 sports MBA Faculty of the Year honoree, takes the baton from Dr. Lackritz to teach real-life applications of statistical concepts. In this professor interview, Reinig discusses the material taught in his classes, a few of his favorite sports-related studies and why people should never gamble on sports.
Michael Schwartz: As you moved up through academia, what sparked your interest in statistics?
Bruce Reinig: The role that statistics plays in the scientific method; hypothesis testing in particular. I think that of all the subjects that are taught at a university, the scientific method is the most important. To advance as a civilization I think the road is through science, and statistics plays an important role in that process.
MS: What do you like about teaching in the sports MBA program?
BR: I genuinely like the students. The students are a diverse set from all over the country and the world really, and the fact that the students are part of an ongoing cohort is nice. Their groups appear quite close with each other, and it tends to be a dedicated group with a real common interest in entering the sports business. There are real synergies created by bringing this group of students together.
The program is also well-suited for San Diego State; it is an area that we have a competitive advantage. It is a program that SDSU can offer that our competitors cannot easily replicate because we have a lot of resources around us that can serve students’ interest in sports management. A high ranking university in a smaller community would have a tough time competing with us because of the resources available in San Diego County.
MS: Going back to our first class, what do you hope students get out of the Operations and Supply Chain Management course?
BR: I would like students to be able to make better business decisions and do so by modeling the tradeoffs that naturally occur when you confront real world decisions. I especially like forecasting because it’s critical to every business, and students are often able to incorporate the knowledge into their work when they graduate.
MS: What makes forecasting such a critical concept for MBA students to have in their toolbox coming out of school? Continue reading