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Lori S. Franz

Professor Emeritus

Professor Franz is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), where she has served as Vice President and Program Chair as well as in a number of chair and program coordination roles. Professor Franz’s research publications have appeared in Operations Research, Decision Sciences, Computers and Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, the International Journal of Production Research and other journals. She was the winner of the 1987 DSI Instructional Innovation Award. Her teaching has also been recognized with the UM System Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award and a Gold Chalk Award. In 2000, she was named a fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute. Professor Franz previously served on the Management Sciences and MIBS faculty at the University of South Carolina prior to joining MU as an associate professor in 1985. She was promoted to professor in 1991 and became associate dean and director of graduate studies of the College of Business in 1992, a position she held until 1998 when she was selected as MU's associate provost. Her work in the provost office concluded with her service as interim provost in 2005. Her current research interests include decision making processes, analysis of decision characteristics as predictors of decision outcomes and the application of modeling for improved decision making.


B.S. University of Nebraska, 1968; M.Ed. University of Nebraska, 1970; PhD University of Nebraska, 1980.


Book Chapters

Franz, L. S. and M. W. Kramer, “The Dimensions of Decisions: A Conceptual and Empirical Investigation,” The Blackwell Handbook of Decision Making (P.C. Nutt and D. Wilson, eds.)  2010.

Franz, L. S. and D. R. Morrison, “Random Acts of Progress versus Planned Productivity via Strategic Planning,” in Enhancing Productivity and Quality in Higher Education (ed. J. E. Groccia and J. E. Miller), 2005, Anker Publishing Company.

Journal Articles

Miller, J. L. and L.S. Franz, "A Binary Rounding Heuristic for Multiperiod Variable-Task-Duration Assignment Problems," Computers and Operations Research, Vol. 23, No. 8, 1996.

Franz, L.S. and C. Klein. Real-World Cases: Analysis and Action in the TQM Curriculum, in Cross-Functional Management of Technology: Cases and Readings, eds. D. Aldridge and P. Swamidass. Richard D. Irwin, Inc. 1995.

Baker, H.M., L.S. Franz, and J.R. Sweigart, "Coordinated Transportation Systems: An Alternative Approach to Traditional Independent Systems," European Journal of Operations Research, Vol. 66, (1993), pp. 341-352.

"Scheduling Medical Residents to Rotations: Solving the Large Scale Multiperiod Staff Assignment Problem" Operations Research, Vol. 41, No.2, 1993, pp. 269-279. Franz, L. S. J. L. Miller

"An Integer Linear Programming Approach for Comparing Coordinated Transportation Systems and Independent Transportation Systems", European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 66, No. 3, 1993, pp. . Baker, H. M. L. S. Franz

"Zone Skipping versus Direct Shipping of Small Orders: Integration Order Processing and Optimization", Computers and Operations Research, Vol. 19, No.5, 1993, pp. 467-475. Franz, L. S. J. Woodmansee

Franz, L. S., G. R. Reeves, and J. J. Gonzales, "Group Decision Processes: MOLP Procedures Facilitating Group and Individual Decision Orientations," Computers and Operations Research, Vol. 19, No. 7, 1992, pp. 695-706.

"Implementing Total Quality Management Using a Knowledge Based Decision Support System as Consultant", International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 30, No. 9, 1992, pp. 2159-2171. Franz, L. S. S. T Foster

Franz, L. S. and J. D. Woodmansee, "Computer Aided Truck Dispatching Under Conditions of Product Price Variance with Limited Supply," Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1990, pp. 127-139.

Franz, L. S. and J. D. Stowe, "A Mathematical Programming Approach to Multiple Sequential Capital Budgeting Decisions," in Advances in Mathematical Programming and Financial Planning (eds. K. D. Lawrence, et. al.), Vol. 2, 1990, pp. 3-27.

Franz, L. S., "Integrating Analysis and Communication Skills into the Decision Sciences Curriculum." Decision Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 4, Fall 1989, pp. 830-843.

Franz, L. S., G.R. Reeves, and J. J. Gonzales, "The Effect of Decision Maker Characteristics on Group Decision Making," Improving Decision Making in Organizations, (A.G. Lockett and G. Islei, eds.), Berlin: Springer Verlag, Vol. 335, 1989, pp. 134-142.

Franz, Lori S., "Data Driven Modeling: An Application in Scheduling," Decision Sciences, Vol. 20, 2, Spring 1989, pp. 359-377.

Franz, Lori S., H. M. Baker, G. K. Leong, and T. R. Rakes, "A Mathematical Model for Scheduling and Staffing Multiclinic Health Regions," European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 41, 3, August 1989, pp. 277-289.