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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 Advanced Operations Analysis, Process Management, Service Operations in Healthcare, Management of Healthcare Operations, and Lean Operations in Healthcare.

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.

Dr. Forker serves as the academic liaison for APICS: The Association for Operations Management’s South Shore chapter and has been awarded the APICS Board Member of the Year.  She has also served as Scholar Coordinator for the APICS Scholars Education Program.  Dr. Forker has been active in the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) since 1991, serving on its Board of Directors as Vice President at large, and chairing many tracks at both national and regional conferences.  She co-chaired DSI's New Faculty Development Consortium in 2005.

Dr. Forker previously taught at Boston University, Michigan State University, and Indiana 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 was awarded the Lifetime Certificate in Purchasing Management by the Institute for Supply Management in 2011.  She has been inducted into the honorary organizations: 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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