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Michael J. Armstrong

Associate professor of operations research, Goodman School of Business, Brock University

Most of my research uses mathematical models to analyze the performance of businesses and other organizations. Why do they get the results they get? If they changed how they operate, would their performance get better or worse?

Much of my work has used models of military combat to investigate topics concerning international security and military history. I have studied rocket defenses on land (e.g., Israel's Iron Dome) and missile warfare at sea (e.g., anti-ship cruise missiles). I have also worked with historians to reexamine key battles from the past (e.g., Balaclava, Gettysburg, and Coral Sea).

More recently I have been studying Canada's cannabis legalization. I am particularly interested in how government regulations interact with business practices to either support or undermine policy objectives.

I have also collaborated on research about university teaching and learning. Our goal has been to help university students make better decisions about their studies.

Most of my research papers are free to download from Brock University's Digital Repository:
http://dr.library.brocku.ca/handle/10464/6819

I teach courses in quality improvement, game theory, and operations management. My professional certifications are from the American Society for Quality.

I enjoy helping the news media explain complex issues to the public. I have done more than 350 media interviews, written more than 80 columns for print and online news outlets, and occasionally comment via Twitter.

Experience

  • 2008–present
    Associate professor, Brock University
  • 2004–2008
    Associate professor, Carleton University
  • 2001–2004
    Assistant professor, Carleton University
  • 1998–2001
    Assistant professor, Royal Military College of Canada

Education

  • 1996 
    University of British Columbia, PhD in Business (Management Science)

Publications

  • 2021
    Legal cannabis market shares during Canada’s first year of recreational legalization, International Journal of Drug Policy 88, Feb, 103028
  • 2020
    How gaps between target and midcourse grades impact undergraduates’ studying intentions and grade improvements, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education 18 #4, 549-567
  • 2018
    The effectiveness of rocket attacks and defenses in Israel, Journal of Global Security Studies 3 #2 113-132
  • 2017
    Influence of target and actual grades on studying intentions, The International Journal of Management Education 15 #1 49-59
  • 2015
    Is the second time the charm for students repeating introductory finance?, Journal of Financial Education 41 #1 32-49
  • 2015
    A counterfactual study of the Charge of the Light Brigade, Historical Methods 48 #2 80-89
  • 2015
    Refighting Pickett’s Charge: mathematical modeling of the Civil War battlefield, Social Science Quarterly 96 #4 1153–1168
  • 2014
    Modeling short-range ballistic missile defense and Israel’s Iron Dome system, Operations Research 62 #5 1028-1039
  • 2014
    The salvo combat model with a sequential exchange of fire, Journal of the Operational Research Society 65 #10 1593-1601
  • 2014
    The performance of new and repeating students in introductory economics, Journal of the Academy of Business Education 15 Spring 84-96
  • 2013
    To repeat or not to repeat a course, Journal of Education for Business 88 #6 339-344
  • 2013
    A preliminary study of grade forecasting for students, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education 11 #2 193-210
  • 2013
    The salvo combat model with area fire, Naval Research Logistics 60 #8 652-660
  • 2011
    Inventory flow in Canadian candy bar supply chains, Production and Inventory Management Journal 47 #2, 69-78
  • 2011
    A verification study of the stochastic salvo combat model, Annals of Operations Research 186 #1, 23-38

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Quality
  • Institute for Operations Research & Management Science
  • Canadian Operational Research Society
  • Society for Military History

Research Areas

  • Economic Development Policy (160505)
  • Health Economics (140208)
  • Stochastic Analysis And Modelling (010406)
  • Simulation And Modelling (080110)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Quality Management (150313)
  • Defence Studies (160604)
  • Operations Research (010206)

Honours

Fulbright Visiting Research Chair (2013-2014), Chancellor's Chair for Teaching Excellence (2012-2015)