Leigh Lawton

Professor, Operations and Supply Chain Management

l9lawton@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-5084

2115 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 307
St. Paul, MN 55105

B.S., Accounting, Valparaiso University
Ph.D., Marketing, University of Wisconsin

See publications in UST Research Online

Leigh Lawton has been a faculty member at St. Thomas for more than 30 years. He has served as the department chair of both the Marketing Department and the Operations and Supply Chain Management Department, where he has taught statistics, marketing and marketing research.

Lawton has extensive experience in designing and conducting marketing research studies for organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small, private firms. While the consulting engagements have covered numerous areas, much of the work has involved survey research.

His research interests focus on the educational outcomes of business simulations (he is co-developer and author of Maven: A Marketing Simulation, and has authored a multitude of articles on the subject) and the educational value of study abroad programs.

Summer 2015 Courses
Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses
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STAT 220 - 07 Statistics I M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OSS 431
Description of course Statistics I : CRN: 41055 4 Credit Hours
Formerly IDTH 220 or QMCS 220 Introductory applied statistics. Work environment; population, sampling frame, random sample, type of variables and studies. Descriptive statistics: collecting, displaying, summarizing, and interpreting data to extract information. Probability; relative frequency definition of probability, conditional probability, independence, discrete and continuous random variables, probability distribution and probability density, binomial, normal, standard normal, t, chi-square, and F distributions. Inferential statistics; sampling distribution of the sample mean and sample proportion, central limit theorem, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for one and two means and one and two proportions. Basic applications: tests of independence, analysis of variance and linear regression. A statistical package must be used as tool. This course fulfills the third course in natural Science and Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Math placement at level of MATH 111 or above; or MATH 100, 101, 105, 108, 109, 111 or 113 NOTE: Students who receive credit for STAT 220 may not receive credit for IDTH 201
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STAT 220 - 08 Statistics I M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 OSS 432
Description of course Statistics I : CRN: 41056 4 Credit Hours
Formerly IDTH 220 or QMCS 220 Introductory applied statistics. Work environment; population, sampling frame, random sample, type of variables and studies. Descriptive statistics: collecting, displaying, summarizing, and interpreting data to extract information. Probability; relative frequency definition of probability, conditional probability, independence, discrete and continuous random variables, probability distribution and probability density, binomial, normal, standard normal, t, chi-square, and F distributions. Inferential statistics; sampling distribution of the sample mean and sample proportion, central limit theorem, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for one and two means and one and two proportions. Basic applications: tests of independence, analysis of variance and linear regression. A statistical package must be used as tool. This course fulfills the third course in natural Science and Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Math placement at level of MATH 111 or above; or MATH 100, 101, 105, 108, 109, 111 or 113 NOTE: Students who receive credit for STAT 220 may not receive credit for IDTH 201
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Professor, University of St. Thomas, St Paul / Mpls (1997 - present)
  • Professor of Business, University of Pittsburgh, SS Universe Explorer (2003 - 2003)
  • Visiting Professor of Marketing, Högskolan i Gävle, Gävle (1997 - 1997)
  • Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls (1976 - 1979)
  • Assistant Professor of Marketing, Minnesota State University - Mankato, Mankato (1971 - 1976)

Professional Memberships
  • American Statistical Association
  • Association of Business Simulation & Experiential Learning - ABSEL

Professional Service
  • Association of Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, Reviewer
  • Simulation & Gaming, Editor

Publications
  • Lawton, L., & Anderson, P. H. (forthcoming). The MSA: An instrument for measuring motivation to study abroad. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad,
  • Lawton, L., & Anderson, P. H. (2012). Intercultural development: Study abroad vs. on-campus study. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, (XXI)(2), pp. 86-108
  • Lawton, L. (2009). An exercise for illustrating the logic of hypothesis testing. Journal of Statistics Education, (17)(2),
  • Lawton, L., & Anderson, P. H. (2009). Business simulations and cognitive learning: Developments, desires, and future directions. Simulation and Gaming: An International Journal of Theory, Practice and Research, (40)(2), pp. 193-216
  • Rexeisen, R. J., Anderson, P. H., Lawton, L., & Hubbard, A. (2008). Study abroad and intercultural development: A longitudinal study. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, (XVII), pp. 1-20
  • Anderson, P. H., Lawton, L., Rexeisen, R. J., & Hubbard, A. (2006). Short-term study abroad and intercultural sensitivity: A pilot study. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, (30)(4), pp. 457-469
  • Lawton, L. (2002). Threshold marketer: A family of marketing simulations: Basic marketer, advanced marketer, team mode and solo mode. Developments in Business Simulation and Experiential Exercises,
  • Lawton, L. (2002). Is simulation performance related to application: An exploratory study. Developments in Business Simulation and Experiential Exercises,
  • Lawton, L., Kennedy, E. J., & Plumlee, E. L. (2002). Blissful ignorance: The problem of unrecognized incompetence and academic performance. Journal of Marketing Education, (24)(3), pp. 243-252
  • Lawton, L., Elm, D., & Kennedy, E. J. (2001). Determinants of moral reasoning in business: Gender, sex-role orientation, and academic factors. Business and Society, (40)(3), pp. 241-265
  • Lawton, L., Kennedy, E. J., & Walker, E. (2001). The case for using live cases: Shifting the paradigm in marketing education. Journal of Marketing Education, (23)(2), pp. 145-151

Books and Chapters
  • Lawton, L., Anderson, P. H., Beveridge, D. A., & Scott, T. W. (2004). Merlin: A marketing simulation. McGraw-Hill, Irwin, Inc

Research Interests
  • Business Education
  • Marketing
  • Statistics and Survey Research

Presentations
  • "Impact of student motivation to study abroad and intercultural development" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2014
  • "Impact of student motivation to study abroad on development of a global perspective" Forum Conference on Education Abroad, San Diego, California, April 01, 2014
  • "ABSEL's silver tsunami" Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning (ABSEL), Orlando, Florida, March 01, 2014
  • "What makes students tick? And how does their motivation impact their development abroad?" Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 01, 2013
  • "Study abroad and intercultural development: A longitudinal study" Forum on Education Abroad, Cross-Cultural Development, Ethics and Attitudes Towards the Environment, IDI Conference, Boston, MA, April 01, 2011
  • "The relationship between goal orientation and simulation performance with attitude change and perceived learning: A follow-up study" Association of Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, Little Rock, Arkansas, March 01, 2010
  • "Improving retention rates in distance learning programs" Western Decision Sciences, Kauai, Hawaii, April 01, 2009
  • "The relationship between goal orientation and simulation performance with attitude change and perceived learning" Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, Seattle, Washington, March 01, 2009
  • "Simulation performance and its effectiveness as a PBL problem: A follow-up study" Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, San Antonio, Texas, March 01, 2007
  • "The relationship between students' success on a simulation exercise and their perception of its effectiveness as a PBL problem" Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, San Francisco, California, March 01, 2006
  • "The effectiveness of a simulation exercise for integrating problem based learning in management education" Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, Orlando, Florida, March 01, 2005
  • "Simulation Exercises and Problem Based Learning" College of Business Seminar Series, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2004
  • "Problem based learning" Minnesota Council of Accounting Educators, St. Paul, Minnesota, January 01, 2004
  • "Simulation Exercises and Problem-Based Learning: An Exploratory Study" Western Decision Sciences, Kauai, Hawaii, April 01, 2003
  • "Blissful Ignorance: The Problem of Unrecognized Incompetence and Academic Performance" Academy of Business Education, Key West, Florida, September 01, 2002