Business Analytics and Information Systems
Joel  Oberstone

Joel Oberstone


Professor Joel Oberstone is an internationally-recognized sports analyst and contributor to The Wall Street Journal Europe and teacher at USF for over two decades. Professor Oberstone engages students with his expertise in quantitative and inferentially-supported analyses, and his passion for the world's most popular sport, football ("soccer"). Additional areas of research and teaching emphasize e-learning methods and multimedia software.

Dr. Oberstone works with his students to explore how operationally-defined, multi-attribute assessment methods can help them develop more authentic performance evaluation models. He claims that all too often, what passes for analysis is primarily descriptive in nature – driven by personal/expert opinions – which can eclipse opportunities for gathering more meaningful, actionable intelligence.

Joel Oberstone consults for clients including Microsoft, Synopsys, KQED Television, ABC and NBC Television Networks, and Women's Trust (Bank of America).


Ph.D., Industrial Engineering/Statistics/Urban & Regional Planning, University of Southern California
M.S., University of Southern California
B.S., California State University at Long Beach

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.
  • BUS 204: Quantitative Business Analysis
  • BUS 344: Essentials of Business Statistics

The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

"Uncovering Europe's Best Goalscorers from the 2009-2010 Season," Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, 2012

"Comparing English Premier League Goalkeepers: Identifying the Pitch Actions that Differentiate the Best from the Rest," Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2010

"Spreadsheet Simulation of Airline Reservation Policy Using Multimedia Software," International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2010

"Foreign Produced Content and Japanese Price Disinflation: An Empirical Study," Journal of International Management Studies, 2010 (with Peggy Takahashi and Daniel Blakley)

"Differentiating the Top English Premier League Football Clubs from the Rest of the Pack: Identifying the Keys to Success," Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2009

"Teaching Inventory Management Simulation Using E-Learning Software: Blackboard, Elluminate Live!, and Jing," International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2008

Honors and Awards

Teaching Excellence Award, University of San Francisco, 1989

Doctoral Fellowship Awards (3), Carnegie-Mellon Foundation, University of Southern California

Doctoral Dissertation Distinction Award, University of Southern California

Honors Award for Written and Oral Doctoral Examinations, University of Southern California

Jet Propulsion Laboratories Visiting Research Fellowship, California Institute of Technology


Columnist, Wall Street Journal Europe, Sports Analyst for European Football Leagues

Founder, Enlighten Sports Analytics™

Vice Chair for Programs, INFORMS Sports Cluster

Associate Professor, Quantitative Methods, Pepperdine University School of Business, 1975 - 1986

Assistant Professor, Creative Problem Solving program, UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning, 1974 - 1975