Michelle M. (Baron) Cowing

 

 

 

 

Professor

 

Contact information
Email: cowing@pacificu.edu
UC Box: A120
Phone: 503.352.1471

 


Education

1996: Ph.D. at Stanford University, in Industrial Engineering

1992: M.S. at Stanford University, in Industrial Engineering

1990: B.S. at University of California at Santa Barbara, in Electrical Engineering

 

Areas of Research & Specialization

 


Why Do I Study Business?

 

All organizations, whether non-profit, 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.

 

Publications and Professional Work

 

Select Publications

 

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, Montana, 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, Montana, 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.

Also published in the International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2000, pp. 1-19. (Selected by the publisher to appear in this inaugural issue.)

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, Nevada, 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.

 

Professional Memberships


Journeys of the Heart Adoption Services, board member

Academy of Management Decision Sciences Institute

Organizational Behavior Teaching Society

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

   

 


Awards & Honors


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

Jerome Kaseberg Doolan Fellowship, Stanford University, 1993

Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant Award, 1992

UCSB Regents Scholar, 1986-1990


Courses that I teach....

 
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 opportunites 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. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.

 

 

BA 340 Management Science
BA 342 Risk Management & Decision Making
BA 350 Operations Management
BA 360 Organizational Behavior & Management