James R Langabeer II

Country of origin: United States

CEO, Greater Houston Health Connect

Jim's PhD was in analytical methods for decision making. He is now a member of faculty at the University of Texas and CEO of Greater Houston Health Connect.

After spending considerable time travelling through England doing management consultancy, I decided that I wanted to pursue a PhD there. So, instead of looking for programmes near Boston where I was living at the time, I focused a search on the best business schools in England, evaluating the quality of the programmes, the rankings, and the interests of research professors. I considered LSE and other older universities, but based on the interactions with Lancaster faculty like Dr David Worthington (who later became my supervisor), I became convinced that Lancaster was the best choice.

When I arrived the first time in Lancaster, I fell in love with it. It is a wonderful place to pursue higher education. It is picturesque, but also the people are warm and inviting. The Management School has one of the best and largest programmes in Management Science, which is why I earned my PhD in that field.

My PhD studies were specifically focused on understanding why analytical methods for decision making are not as widely adopted by managers as they could, or should, be. Both Dr Worthington and Professor Mike Pidd (who was also on my committee) were excellent research advisors and helped to really shape a great research project which has re-focused me in a completely new area.

I am now back in the States, and very proud of my time spent at Lancaster University. I am currently an associate professor of management at the University of Texas, where I teach decision making and operations management.

The investment in my PhD was well worth it, and every time I open the LUMS homepage and see how high the University climbs in all the rankings, I am reminded of my wonderful time spent there. I highly recommend LUMS to anybody that wants a world class education, and I’d be more than happy to talk to anyone considering PhD studies in Lancaster.