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10 Reasons Why Location Analytics Should be Taught in Business Schools

05-19-2021 08:50 AM
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10 Reasons Why Location Analytics Should be Taught in Business Schools

  1. Businesses exist to add value.
  2. Location is vital to all aspects of business.
  3. Location analytics adds value to business.
  4. Location analytics are increasingly used in decision making in business.
  5. Location analytics enables businesses to achieve their mission, serve their customers, and benefit society.
  6. The world of business is in a state of continual change.
  7. Location analytics enables businesses not only to manage current operations, but to plan for and enable change. 
  8. Cultivating location analytics skills increases an individual employee's value to a current or future employer.
  9. Adding location analytics courses and programs helps any School of Business become more vibrant and relevant for their campus and the greater society.   
  10. Location analytical tools, data, and output increasingly exist in a cloud-based environment, which offers a rich platform for collaborating, analyzing, and communicating.  



There is an in-depth set of slides that further expand on these 10 key reasons (the a20 PDF). 

Feel free to use all or a subset of the slides that expand these messages, located here:

Feel free to also use this set of slides that explains why location analytics is important in business teaching, learning, and research: 

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To learn more, see the Location Analytics in Business Education landing page.  

About the Author
I believe that spatial thinking can transform education and society through the application of Geographic Information Systems for instruction, research, administration, and policy. I hold 3 degrees in Geography, have served at NOAA, the US Census Bureau, and USGS as a cartographer and geographer, and teach a variety of F2F (Face to Face) (including T3G) and online courses. I have authored a variety of books and textbooks about the environment, STEM, GIS, and education. These include "Interpreting Our World", "Essentials of the Environment", "Tribal GIS", "The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data", "International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS In Secondary Education", "Spatial Mathematics" and others. I write for 2 blogs, 2 monthly podcasts, and a variety of journals, and have created over 5,000 videos on the Our Earth YouTube channel. Yet, as time passes, the more I realize my own limitations and that this is a lifelong learning endeavor and thus I actively seek mentors and collaborators.