Mahajan and Peterson have provided an introduction to diffusion models that bridges the disciplines and sets out the basic findings in a clear and consistent way. Their book is a lucid, state-of-the-art description of the powerful tools for investigating the temporal diffusion of any innovation. The approach they use is abstract and general, but the inclusion of a number of helpful examples makes it accessible to a wider range of readers.
Vijay Mahajan holds the John P. Harbin Centennial Chair in Business at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He has received numerous lifetime achievement awards including the American Marketing Association (AMA) Charles Coolidge Parlin Award for vision--ary leadership in scientific marketing. The AMA also instituted the Vijay Mahajan Award in 2000 for career contributions to marketing strategy. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) for his contributions to management research. He served as the dean of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad from 2002 to 2004. Mahajan is the author of twelve books including Africa Rising, The 86% Solution, and The Arab World Unbound. The Research Integrity Officer (RIO) at The University of Texas at Austin is Dr. Robert A. Peterson, associate vice president for research. The Research Integrity Officer has responsibility for overseeing the inquiry and investigative process and ensuring compliance of all parties with this policy in the conduct of inquiries and investigations of misconduct in science and other scholarly research. The Research Integrity Officer is responsible for sequestering all documents and evidence and ensuring confidentiality is maintained. The RIO shall ensure that necessary and appropriate expertise is secured to carry out a thorough and authoritative evaluation of the relevant evidence. The Research Integrity Officer is responsible for taking all reasonable steps to ensure that the persons involved in the allegations or evidence are fair, competent and impartial, and without conflict of interest. The Research Integrity Officer is responsible for reporting to the appropriate federal funding agency as required. Visit the Office of Research Integrity at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services online for a list of links to all federal funding agencies' regulations regarding research misconduct.