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Goizueta Business School
Professor in the Practice of Decision & Information Analysis | Emory University, Goizueta Business School


Professor Noonan came to Goizueta in 1993 from the faculty of the Harvard Business School, where he earned his Ph.D. in Decision Sciences. He also holds a BS in Engineering & Applied Science and an MBA, both from Yale University.

He served as Goizueta''s first Associate Dean for Management Practice Initiatives from 2012-2015, and as Assistant Dean and Director of MBA Programs from 1996-2000. He has been a Visiting Professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and he has taught short courses at Aalto University (Helsinki), Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá), ESAN (Lima), and Universidad ORT (Montevideo).

Patrick''s field is "decision analysis," which draws on both the wisdom and the analytical methodologies of economics, psychology, statistics, sociology and engineering to provide prescriptions for improving decision making in business, in the professions, in health sciences, in politics and in life.

His analytics coursework at Emory – which included decision modeling, game theory and data analysis –earned the Distinguished Educator award 13 times and “Last Lecture” speaker role six times. In 2001 he received the Adler Prize for Teaching Excellence. He has been honored by inclusion in Emory’s “Great Teacher Lecture Series” and earned the Keough Award for Excellence. In 2005 he was awarded a Fulbright grant to serve as a Senior Specialist to a university in Uruguay.

Patrick''s research and teaching in the area of managerial decision making combines his academic training with his real-world experience as a management consultant. He learned the profession at McKinsey & Company in the 1980s, and later as a Director at Planning Technologies Group (which he co-founded in 1990 and sold to Knowledge Universe in 1998), and offers workshops in the "craft skills" of consulting and problem-solving. He also is an expert on teaching & learning, especially in the business school context, and is a frequent facilitator of workshops for B-school and engineering faculty in the techniques of case teaching and other active learning techniques. Noonan’s consulting and executive education clients have included such diverse organizations as Microsoft, Bertelsmann, NewsCorp, The New York Daily News, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merrill Lynch, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Sea-Land, Accenture, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Economics Institute, Johns Hopkins University and Greenpeace USA.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Decision & Risk Analysis
  • Game Theory
  • Negotiation & Strategic Thinking
  • Data Analysis


  • Harvard University: Ph.D., Decision Sciences
  • Harvard University: Master''s Science, Engineering Science
  • Yale School of Management: Master''s, Business Administration Public & Private Management
  • Yale University: Bachelor''s Science, Engineering & Applied Science

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