Larry P. Ritzman is the Thomas J. Galligan, Jr. Professor in Operations and Strategic Management, joining Boston College in 1991. He previously served at Ohio State University, where he received several awards in both teaching and research, and also served as departmental chair. He received his doctorate at Michigan State University, and had prior industrial experience at the Babcock and Wilcox Company.
Dr. Ritzman serves in various editorial capacities for the Journal of Operations Management and Production and Operations Management. He was elected as Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute in 1987, received three best paper wards, and was selected for the Distinguished Service Award in 1996. His publications have appeared in such journals as Computers and Operations Research, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, Interfaces, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Operational Research Society, Harvard Business Review, Management Science, Managerial and Decision Economics, OMEGA, and Operations Research. He was co-editor of Disaggregation: Problems in Manufacturing and Service Organizations, and has just co-authored with Lee Krajewski the fifth edition of Operations Management: Strategy and Analysis. Dr. Ritzman has also served as a consultant to a number of private and public organizations and has made many presentations across the country.
His initial research interests focused on applying modeling techniques and decision support systems to problems in operations management. Recent work has expanded into the area of empirically based research, with particular interest in such topics as operations strategy, forecasting, process choice, competitive priorities, service sector operations, and performance measures.
Dr. Ritzman has taught a variety of courses in operations management at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and doctoral levels. He has been dissertation advisor for 16 doctoral students and dissertation committee member for 21 others. These individuals are now faculty members at universities throughout the country.