R. Lawrence LaForge

 

R. Lawrence LaForge
 
R. Lawrence (Larry) LaForge is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Management at Clemson University, where he has taught and conducted research on operations planning and control since 1981. He received a B.S. degree from Clemson, and M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Georgia.  He is a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute and has been designated a Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management by APICS-The Association for Operations Management. He has served as associate editor or editorial board member of the Journal of Operations Management, Computers and Operations Research, and Production & Inventory Management Journal.
 
Professor LaForge has been a leader in innovative uses of enterprise software in the business classroom. His work to create active learning opportunities for students involving leading-edge information technology has resulted in over $1.6 million in donations of hardware, software, and support services to Clemson University.  He teaches in the Clemson Enterprise Management Laboratory, a dedicated teaching facility he created to integrate enterprise software into the curriculum. He is frequently consulted by faculty at other schools about his innovative use of business management systems in the classroom.
 
 Dr. LaForge has won several awards for innovative teaching of Operations Management, including recognition as the 1995 South Carolina Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has also been recognized on the national level with the Decision Sciences Institute Instructional Innovation Award, the Academy of Business Teaching Excellence Award, and the Microsoft Business Solutions Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Education. On the Clemson campus, he is a recipient of the Class of 1939 Award for Excellence given by the faculty as its highest honor, the Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching given by student government, the AAUP Award of Merit, and the Calhoun Honors College Outstanding Professor AwardHe has been inducted into several honorary societies including Alpha Iota Epsilon, Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Iota Epsilon, Golden Key, and Blue Key.
 
Professor LaForge’s research has addressed a variety of issues in operations planning and control. He is coauthor of four books and his work has been published in top journals including Decision Sciences, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Strategic Management Journal, and the Academy of Management Journal.  In addition, Professor LaForge has supervised 8 completed doctoral dissertations at Clemson, and served on an additional 16 completed dissertation committees. 
 
 
Selected Publications about Teaching:
 
LaForge, R.L., “Using Enterprise Software to Prepare Future Operations Management Professionals,” Production and Inventory Management Journal, Vol. 45, No. 2, 2009, pp. 88 – 98.
 
LaForge, R.L., “Teaching Operations Management with Enterprise Software,” in Enterprise Systems Education in the 21st Century, (Andrew Targowski and Michael Tarn, eds.) Idea Group Publishing, 2007, pp. 138 - 151.
 
LaForge, R.L., and M.E. Busing, “The Use of Industrial Software to Create Experiential Learning Activities in Operations Management Courses,” Production and Operations Management, Vol. 7, No. 3, Fall 1998, pp. 325-334
 
LaForge, R.L. and C.W. McNichols, "An Integrative, Experiential Approach to Production Management Education," Decision Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 1, Winter 1989, pp. 198-207.
 
LaForge, R.L. and C.W. McNichols, "The Integration of Manufacturing Software Into the Industrial Management Curriculum at Clemson," Operations Management Review, Vol. 5, No. 3, Spring 1987, pp. 26-29.
 
 
Selected Research Publications:
 
French, M.L. and R.L. LaForge, “Closed-Loop Supply Chains in Process Industries: An Empirical Study of Producer Re-Use Issues,” Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 24, Issue 3, April 2006, pp. 271 - 286.
 
Barman, S., Hanna, M.D., and R. L. LaForge, “Perceived Relevance and Quality of POM Journals: A Decade Later,” Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 19, No. 3, May 2001, pp. 367-385.
                       
Barman, S. and R.L. LaForge, “The Impact of Simple Priority Rule Combinations on Delivery Speed and Delivery Reliability in a Hybrid Shop,” Production and Operations Management, Vol. 7, No. 4, Winter 1998, pp. 402-416.
 
Sridharan V and R.L. LaForge, "Freezing the Master Production Schedule: Implications for Fill Rate," Decision Sciences, Vol. 25, No. 3, May-June 1994, pp. 461-470.
 
Sridharan, V and R.L. LaForge, "An Analysis of Alternative Policies to Achieve Schedule Stability," Journal of Manufacturing and Operations Management, Vol 3. No.1, Spring 1990, pp. 53-7.
 
Veral, E.A. and R.L. LaForge, "The Integration of Cost and Capacity Considerations in Material Requirements Planning Systems," Decision Sciences, Vol. 21, No. 3, Summer 1990, pp. 507-520.
 
Sridharan, V and R.L. LaForge, "The Impact of Safety Stock on Schedule Stability, Cost, and Customer Service," Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 8, No. 4, October 1989, pp. 327-347.
 
Christoph, O.B. and R.L. LaForge, "The Performance of MRP Purchase Lot-Size Procedures Under Actual Multiple Purchase Discount Conditions," Decision Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 2, Spring 1989, pp. 348-358.
 
.LaForge, R.L. and S. Barman, "Time-Phased Reorder Models For Noninstantaneous Receipt," International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 24, No. 6, November-December 1986, pp. 1349-1361.
 
Veral, E.A. and R.L. LaForge, "The Performance of a Simple Incremental Lot-Sizing Rule in a Multilevel Inventory Environment," Decision Sciences, Vol. 16, No. 1, Winter 1985, pp. 57-72.
 
LaForge, R.L., Wood, D.R. and R.G. Sleeth, "An Application of the Survey-Feedback Method in a Service Operation, " Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 5, No. 1, November 1984, pp. 103-118.
 
Wood, D.R. and R.L. LaForge, "Toward the Development of a Planning Scale," Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 2, April-June 1981, pp. 209-216.
 
Wood, D.R. and R.L. LaForge, "The Impact of Comprehensive Planning on Financial Performance," Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 1979, pp. 516-526.
 
Barman, S. and R.L. LaForge, “The Impact of Simple Priority Rule Combinations on Delivery Speed and Delivery Reliability in a Hybrid Shop,” Production and Operations Management, Vol. 7, No. 4, Winter 1998, pp. 402-416.
 
Sridharan V and R.L. LaForge, "Freezing the Master Production Schedule: Implications for Fill Rate," Decision Sciences, Vol. 25, No. 3, May-June 1994, pp. 461-470.

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