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Laura Forker

Ph.D. (Arizona State University)  Laura Forker

Dr. Forker is a Professor of Operations Management in the Charlton College of Business. She teaches courses in Operations Management, Process Management, Supply Management, and Total Quality Improvement.

She has authored or co-authored over 45 refereed publications including articles in the Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Production Research, the Academy of Management Executive, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, the Production and Inventory Management Journal, and others. Dr. Forker's publications include the monograph, Countertrade: Purchasing Perceptions and Involvement, which was cited on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Her research has been funded by such organizations as the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM), the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC), the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies (CAPS), and the Boston University Manufacturing Roundtable (MRT).

Dr. Forker has been cited as the 3rd-most productive researcher worldwide in purchasing research for the decade of the 1990s and the 10th-most productive purchasing researcher since 1965 in an article in The Journal of Supply Chain Management. Dr. Forker was also cited as the 7th-most productive researcher worldwide in international operations management research in an article in the International Journal of Operations and Production Management.

Dr. Forker has delivered over 50 presentations before academic or practitioner organizations. She currently serves as the educational liaison for APICS: The Association for Operations Management and regularly contributes to its “Campus Corner” column in The Whaler. Dr. Forker has been active in the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) since 1991, serving on numerous committees, as a session chair, reviewer, discussant, and as a track chair for International Issues and Quality and Productivity (national level), and as a track chair for Student Papers and Quality and Productivity (regional level). She was also co-chair of DSI's New Faculty Development Consortium in 2005.

Professor Forker has also taught at Boston University and Michigan State University. She earned her Ph.D. in business administration at Arizona State University with a concentration in Operations Management, her M.A. in Economics at Indiana University, and her A.B. at Cornell University. She has also studied overseas in Austria, Germany, and Hungary.

Professor Forker has been inducted into such honorary organizations as: Sigma Phi Omega (Gerontology honor society, 2006), Beta Gamma Sigma (Business honor society, 2001), Phi Chi Theta (honored as Teacher of the Year, 1993), Alpha Iota Delta (Decision Sciences honor society, 1991), and Sigma Iota Epsilon (Management honor society, 1989).

Contact:

E-mail: lforker@umassd.edu
Phone: 508.999.9259
Office: CCB 216

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