Laura Forker, PhD
Decision & Information Sciences
Charlton College of Business 205
|1993||Arizona State University||PhD|
- Lean Operations in Health Care
- Management of Health Care Operations
- Creating Value Through Operations Analysis
- Process Management
- Operations Management
Online and Continuing Education Courses
Design, development, direction, and distribution methods used to deliver goods and services. Topics covered include operations strategy and the management of quality, inventory, supply, capacity and demand, and others. Conceptual, analytical, and quantitative techniques are taught to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of transformation processes in organizations.
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- Service Operations in Health Care
- Managing Health Care Supply Chains
- Prescription Drug Pricing
- The Business of Aging
Dr. Forker is a Professor of Operations Management in the Charlton College of Business. She currently serves as the Director of the MS in Healthcare Management program.
Dr. Forker serves as the academic liaison for APICS: The Association for Operations Management’s South Shore chapter which has awarded her 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).