Business analysis and statistics

The Business Analysis and Statistics group (BASG) group takes pride in the quality of graduates it produces and how it supports businesses in the UK. Our members have wide-ranging expertise and experience in the areas of business analytics, management science, operations research, statistics, operations management and consultancy skills together with a strong research record.

Business Analysis and Statistics is home to a diverse group of academics whose teaching and research interests cover key areas of business analysis such as business analytics, management science, operations research, statistics and operations management.

Subject lead

The group is led by Subject Group Head, Amanda Relph.

Business Analysis programme

Our postgraduate programme in Business Analysis and Consultancy offers opportunities to develop business analytical methods, business problem solving and consultancy skills within the business environment.

These capabilities are key sources of competitive business advantage and are currently in high demand in job markets both nationally and internationally. The programme has been designed to equip you with the skills necessary to operate as a successful consultant and to enable you to add significant value to any organisation.

Students will learn from hands-on experience and by solving real-world problems during the programme.

Numeracy and statistics support

Numeracy support is offered to all Hertfordshire Business School students through the Centre for Academic Skills Enhancement, which is the location of the SSCU’s Stats Support Desk offering statistical advice to staff and students alike. The Stats Support Desk supports students with statistics and mathematics queries throughout their studies.

The Business School’s Numeracy Support Co-ordinator, Dr. Michaela Cottee, is currently involved in the development of online diagnostic testing tools with integrated support materials. This complements the support available on an informal drop-in basis and through workshops and guest lectures on a range of topics, including numerical aptitude tests for students seeking a placement or employment.

Statistical services and consultancy unit

The Statistical Services and Consultancy Unit can help your business with a wide range of tools and methodologies, plus decades of experience.

The Statistical Services and Consultancy Unit (SSCU) was formed in 1996 and serves a dual function as both a research unit within the Business School and the provider of consultancy services to business, industry, government and the academic environment.

It also offers a range of short courses in statistics and bespoke training for organisations.

Group members have commercial and professional links including the Operational Research Society and Royal Statistical Society.

Research

The BAS group have extensive research interests, researching in areas such as:

  • Business Analytics
  • Healthcare Management
  • Innovation Management
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Operational Research
  • Multi-criteria analysis and ranking methods
  • Multilevel modelling
  • New Product Development
  • Operational Research
  • Performance and efficiency measurement based on multiple criteria
  • Project Management
  • Quantitative forecasting: unbiased approaches based on relative error minimization
  • Simulation Modelling / System Dynamics
  • Smart cities
  • Statistics / Business Quantitative Methods
  • Transportation Planning

The group’s research has been published in a range of journals  including: Annals of Operations Research; Applied Mathematics and Computation; European Journal of O.R.; Health Systems; Journal of the Operational Society; Journal of Product and Brand Management; Journal of Public Health; Journal of School Health; Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C; International Journal of Production Research and Knowledge-Based Systems.

For more information, please see individual staff profiles:

Dr Soheil Davari
Dr Eren Demir - Reader in Decision Sciences
Dr Reda Lebcir
Dr Neil Spencer – Reader in in Applied Statistics, Director of Statistical Services and Consultancy Unit
Dr Chris Tofallis – Reader in Decision Sciences