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Dr. Kirk R. Karwan
Robert E. Hughes Professor of Business Administration
201-M Hipp Hall
Phone: (864) 294-2285
Personal home page:
Areas: innovation, entrepreneurship, decision making processes, operations
B.E.S., Johns Hopkins University, 1972
M.S.E., Johns Hopkins University, 1973
Ph.D., Carnegie-Mellon University, 1979
Professor Karwan joined Furman in 2005, having taught previously in the business schools at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tulane University, and Duke University, and in the International Business Program at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. His awards include recognition as the outstanding teacher in South Carolina’s Professional MBA Program and three times as “MBA Professor of the Year” in the Consortium Institute of Management Business and Analysis (CIMBA) in northern Italy. One of his papers, co-authored and published with colleagues at Clemson and Auburn Universities, won the Wickham Skinner Award at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society.
Over the past 25 years, he has taught in the areas of operations management science, quantitative decision making, information systems, production/operations management, the management of technology and innovation, and entrepreneurship. At Furman he is currently focusing his teaching on courses in operations, critical thinking for business, and innovation and entrepreneurship.
Professor Karwan has served as a board member of regional chapters of the American Production and Inventory Control Society in both North and South Carolina, and as the President of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute in 2003-2004. He has been a long-standing member of the Decision Sciences Institute, the Institute of Management Sciences, and the American Society for Quality.
Professor Karwan has published in a wide variety of journals that include the Journal of Applied Psychology, Interfaces, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, the Journal of Business Research, Information and Management, the Journal of Management Information Systems, Naval Research Logistics Quarterly, the International Journal of Logistics Management, the Journal of Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Production Planning and Control, Production and Operations Management, and the International Journal of Service Industry Management. He co-edited a book published by Idea Group Publishing entitled Global Information Systems and Technology: Focus on the Organization and Its Functional Areas. He is currently working on research efforts with Furman students in the areas of service recovery and rational business decision making processes.
Professor Karwan and his wife have triplet twenty year olds who are now in college. He takes up regular collections in class to help support their education.