Michelle M. (Baron) Cowing, PhD

Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
503-352-1471
UC Box: 
A120

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. 

BA 340 | Management Science

BA 342 | Risk Management & Decision Making

BA 350 | Operations Management

BA 360 | Organizational Behavior & Management

Areas of Research & Specialization

All organizations, whether nonprofit, for-profit, or government agencies, all face challenge, risk, and difficult decisions. I am interested in developing frameworks of analysis that can help organizations better understand their situation in order to make good decisions and to best utilize their resources to effectively and efficiently serve their varied constituents.

I am currently responsible for teaching organizational and individual decision making; and risk management, risk analysis modeling techniques (quantitative/probabilistic risk assessment, representation and integration of uncertainties and other risk factors, including technical, human, policy, environmental and economic factors) to support decision making and long-term planning; decision analysis (decision support framework incorporating problem structuring in terms of alternatives and uncertainties, and evaluation of alternatives using single or multi-attribute utility theory); operations management and process analysis and improvement strategies.

Education

PhD in Industrial Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., in 1996

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., in 1992

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1990

Personal Affiliations

Board member, Journeys of the Heart Adoption Services

Member, Academy of Management Decision Sciences Institute

Member, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society

Member, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

Honor & Awards

1995 | Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Stanford IE/EM Department

1993 | Jerome Kaseberg Doolan Fellowship, Stanford University

1992 | Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant Award

1986-1990 | UCSB Regents Scholar

Published Works

Cowing, Michelle, Carrie Davino-Ramaya, Krishnan Ramaya and Joseph Szmerekovsky. “Health Care Delivery Performance: Service, Outcomes and Resource Stewardship,” The Permanente Journal, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp 72-77, Fall 2009

Ramaya, Krishnan, Joseph Szmerekovsky, and Michelle Cowing. "An Examination of Inter-Firm Cooperative Arrangements of U.S. Manufacturing Firms," Journal of Transnational Management, Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2009, pp 16 – 26

Cowing, Michelle M. and Krishnan Ramaya. “Portland Cabinet Company: Complexities of Survival,” Western Casewriters Association Proceedings, Missoula, Mont., March 2007

Ramaya, Krishnan, Joseph Szmerekovsky, and Michelle Cowing. "A Longitudinal Examination of Inter-Firm Cooperative Arrangements of U.S. Manufacturing Firms," WAM 2007 Conference Proceedings, Missoula, Mont., March 2007.

Cowing, Michelle M., M. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, Peter W. Glynn. “Dynamic Modeling of the Tradeoff between Productivity and Safety in Critical Engineering Systems,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Vol. 86/3 pp 269-284, 2004

Baron, M.M. and Pate-Cornell, M.E. "Safety and Productivity Trade-Offs: Managing Nuclear Reactor Outages." International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 19, Nos. 3/4/5, 2000, pp. 420-438

Baron, M.M., and M.E. Paté-Cornell. “Designing Risk Management Strategies for Critical Engineering Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 46, No 1, 1998, pp. 87-100

Baron, Michelle M. “Risk Management in Service Operations,” presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, Las Vegas, Nev., USA, November 1998

Baron, Michelle M. “Multiple-Objective Risk Management Strategies,” presented at the 1997 Fall Meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Dallas, Texas, October 1997

Baron, Michelle M. “Risk Management Trade-offs for Critical Systems,” Proceedings of the Fourth International Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, Sydney, Australia, July 1997

 

Office Location: 
Berglund Hall 239 (Forest Grove)