Rick Franza


Rick Franza


Academic Appointment(s)

James M. Hull College of Business


Dr. Richard M. Franza Professor of Management in James M. Hull College of Business. Dr. Franza's primary areas of expertise are Operations Management/SupplyChain Management (OM/SCM), Management of Technology (MOT), and Project Management.

  • (706) 729-2708
  • AH E-135


  • Ph.D., Business Administration and Management, General Georgia Institute of Technolog, 1997

  • MBA, Business Admin, Mgmt and Opera Duke University, 1983

  • BS, Mathematics, General University of Notre Dame, 1981

Awards & Honors

  • 2014 Academic Leadership for Entrepreneurs Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs, 2014

  • Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) University System of Georgia (USG), 2010

  • Foundation Prize Kennesaw State University, 2008

  • Chancellor's Customer Service Award University System of Georgia, 2007

  • Regional Leadership Institute Atanta Regional Commission, 2007

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • QUAN 6610

    Designing, Mging, & Impro. Ops
  • QUAN 4640

    Operations Management
  • MGMT 6580

    Strategic Management

Teaching Interests

Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Process Improvement, Management of Technology, Project Management


Selected Recent Publications

  • Systems Considerations for Adopting Just in Time Production, 2016
  • ERP Implementation Failures: A Case Study & Analysis, 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Technology Transfer Contracts Between R&D Labs and Commercial Partners: Choose Your Words Wisely, 2012
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Kaizen Blitz, 2012
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • “Evaluating the Return on Investment for Department of Defense to Private Sector Technology Transfer”, 2009
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Process Improvement, Supply Chain Management, Technology Transfer, New Product Development, Intersection between Operations and Marketing

Professional Service

  • International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage - Journal 2008 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • European Journal of Operational Research - (Journal) 2007 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Decision Sciences (Journal) - Decision Sciences Institute 2007 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Asian Pacific Management Review - Journal 2007 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialization 2006 - Present

    Role: Editor, Journal Editor