Kathryn A. Szabat, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita
Business Systems and Analytics

Dr. Kathryn Szabat is a Professor Emerita in the Business Systems and Analytics Department at La Salle. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics, with cognate field in Operations Research, from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Szabat’s instructional responsibilities include teaching of business statistics and management science to undergraduate and MBA students. Her current interests include promoting the inclusion of business analytics in business school curriculums and the development of analytical capabilities of business students.

Dr. Szabat’s research has been published in International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, Accounting Education, Journal of Applied Business and Economics, Journal of Healthcare Management, and Journal of Management Studies. Scholarly chapters have appeared in Managing Adaptability, Intervention, and People in Enterprise Information Systems; Managing, Trade, Economies and International Business; Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science; and Statistical Methods in Longitudinal Research. She is currently a co-author of two statistics textbooks: Statistics for Managers Using Microsoft Excel and Basic Business Statistics.

Dr. Szabat has provided statistical advice to numerous business, non-business, and academic communities.  Her more recent involvement has been in the areas of education, medicine, and nonprofit capacity building.

Why La Salle?

Teaching and learning are the core activities at La Salle University.  My desire to teach and inspire students is the reason why I chose La Salle. The opportunity to be part of a learning community that promotes professional education as well as dignity of the individual and sensitivity to societal issues is personally rewarding.

Areas of Expertise

Operations Research
Business Analytics


Applied Quantitative Methods for Business
Business Problem Solving and Decision Making
Statistical Thinking for Managers
Effective and Efficient Management of Operations


Ph.D., Statistics with cognate field, Operations Research, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Statistics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Mathematics with Minor in Computer Science and Certification in Secondary Education, State University of New York at Albany


Paydar, M., Mahdavi, I. and Szabat, K. (2010) Application of Single Depot Multiple Traveling Salesman Method to Cell Formation Problems, International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, 3(4).

Leauby, B., Szabat, K. and Maas, J. (2010) Concept Mapping – An Empirical Study in Introductory Financial Accounting, Accounting Education, 19(3): 279-300.

Szabat, K. and Walsh, A. (2007) Strategic Ventures in Academic Health Centers: Trends Affecting System Integration. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 7(4): 13-22.

Walsh, A. and Szabat, K. (2002) Sustaining the Edge: Factors Influencing Strategy Selection in Academic Health Centers. Journal of Healthcare Management, 47(6): 360-375.

Damanpour, F., Szabat, K. and Evans, W. (1989) The Relationship Between Types of Innovation and Organizational Performance, Journal of Management Studies, 26(6): 587-601.


Berenson, M., Levine, D. M. and Szabat, K. A. (forthcoming) Basic Business Statistics, 13/e, Pearson

Levine, D. M., Stephan, D. F. and Szabat, K. A. (2014) Statistics for Managers Using Microsoft Excel, 7/e, Pearson

Chapters in Scholarly Books

Szabat, K.A., O’Connor, A. and Tavana, M. (2011) Managing Enterprise Information Systems for Competitive Advantage. In Managing Adaptability, Intervention, and People in Enterprise Information Systems, edited by Madjid Tavana, IGI Global

Szabat, K. and Tavana, M.  (2009) Futurescope 2020: Global Management Support Systems in the Knowledge Age. In Managing, Trade, Economies and International Business, edited by Aidan O’Connor, Palgrave Macmillan Publications

Szabat, K. (2005) Prediction Analysis of Cross-Classifications. In Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science, edited by David Howell and Brian Everitt, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

Szabat, K. (1990) Prediction Analysis. In Statistical Methods in Longitudinal Research, edited by Alexander von Eye, Academic Press


Szabat, K. (2013) A Course in Data Discovery and Predictive Analytics. Decision Science Institute, Baltimore, MD

Szabat, K. (2012) Integrating Business Analytics into the Business Statistics Course. Decision Science Institute, San Francisco, CA

Szabat, K. (2011) Changing Perceptions of Introductory Business Statistics: Steps for Reducing Anxiety and Increasing Relevance. Decision Science Institute, Boston, MA

Szabat, K. and Walsh, A. (2007) Strategic Ventures in Academic Health Centers: Trends Affecting System Integration.  National Business and Economics Society, San Juan, PR