Francois Giraud-Carrier

François Giraud-Carrier

Dr. François Giraud-Carrier is an associate professor of supply chain management at the Goddard School of Business and Economics, Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah, where he teaches courses in Operations, Supply Chain Management and Project Management.

François holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University of Utah, and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech. François also received the Certified Associate in Project Management certification from PMI and the SCPro Level One certification from CSCMP.

Several years of managerial experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry have motivated and influenced François' research and teaching interests in supply chain management, environmental sustainability, project management and the scholarship of teaching and learning. His work has been published in Management Science, the International Journal of Production Economics and the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. In the classroom, François is a passionate proponent of experiential learning and deliberate practice as a way to train the next generation of business professionals.


Selected Publications

  1. Giraud-Carrier, F. C., Fawcett, S. E. & Fawcett, A. M. (2021) SPARRING: A Deliberate Practice Pedagogy for Business Education. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. 19(4) 229-240.
  2. Anand, K. S. & Giraud-Carrier, F. C. (2020) Pollution Regulation of Competitive Markets. Management Science. 66(9) 4193–4206.
  3. Fawcett, S., Giraud-Carrier, F. & Fawcett. D. (2020) Using Deliberate Practice to Transform Learning Culture: Helping Students Put Real Skills in their OSCM Toolbox. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. 18(2) 172-202.
  4. Agarwal, A., Giraud-Carrier, F. & Li, Y. (2018) A Mediation Model of Green Supply Chain Management Adoption: The Role of Internal Impetus. International Journal of Production Economics. 205, 342-358.
  5. Agarwal, A. & Giraud-Carrier, F. (2018) Green supply chain management adoption in Midwest manufacturing: The role of suppliers. SAM Advanced Management Journal. 83(3), 4-16.
  6. Giraud-Carrier, F. C. & Schmidt, G. M. (2015) Learning in the fast lane: The Freeway Game. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education 13(3) 273-287. Awarded the 2015 DSJIE Outstanding Teaching Brief.

Conference proceedings

  1. Agarwal, A., Giraud-Carrier, F., & Penumatsa, L.S. (2017). Status of Green Supply Chain Management Adoption in Midwest Manufacturing: An Empirical Study. Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, Austin, TX. November 19-22, 2016.
  2. Vankeisbelck, R., Giraud-Carrier, F., Duchon, J., & Zarli, A. (2005). The Intelcities e-City Platform: A Framework for a New Generation of Local E-government Services. eGov INTEROP'05.
  3. Bourdeau, M., Giraud-Carrier F., Rezgui, Y. and Zarli, A. (2001). Knowledge Management in the Construction Industry: the e-COGNOS Approach. In Brian Stanford-Smith and Enrica Chiozza, editors, E-work and E-commerce: Novel solutions and practices for a global networked economy. IOS Press, 2001. Vol. 2 (pp. 944-950).

Work in progress

Conference presentations



SCM 3050: Operations and Supply Chain Management Undergraduate Core

Supply chain management is the value creation engine of every organization. The focus of this course is to acquaint students with the core elements of supply chain management: 1) customer value, 2) collaborative value creation, and 3) systems thinking. The course introduces and defines the three primary functions that compose supply chain activities- 1) purchasing, 2) operations, and 3) logistics-and shows how they need to work together to create the high-quality, low-cost, and innovative products and services that customers expect to find in today’s marketplace. Important analytical tools are introduced.

SCM 4550: Strategic Supply Chain Design Undergraduate Capstone

Supply chain management is integrative in nature, requiring a systems approach to process design and management. The goal is to co-create value across organizational boundaries. This capstone SCM course emphasizes the analytical aspects of identifying the right capabilities required to design a collaborative business model and create distinctive customer value. This analysis answers the question, “Who should be on the value-creation team?” The course is designed as a collaborative laboratory, employing extensive experiential learning and case analysis.

SCM 4840: Operations and Supply Chain Industry Projects Undergraduate Elective

Early in their careers, many choose to work for a management consulting company or get involved in rotations within a company. These jobs and programs expose the worker to a wide variety of job types and functions and prepare the worker for whatever opportunities the future may bring. In this course, students are exposed to operations and supply chain management consulting projects typical of what they could expect in a full-time consulting position or in a company’s early-career leadership rotation program.


MBA 6580: Project Management MBA elective

This course is a study of topics involved with managing projects. It examines the roles and skills of the project manager and the project office. Students will study the phases of the project life cycle, specifically the activities, requirements, methodologies, and tools common in project management.

BUS 528: Supply Chain & Logistics Management MBA elective

This course introduces students to important issues in supply chain and logistics management. Topics include supply chain strategy, procurement and supply contracts, risk mitigation strategies, flexible systems, processes and products, sustainability and the role of information technology. The course combines lectures with case discussions and computer simulations.

MIS 352: Principles of Management Information Systems Undergraduate Core

Introduces students to fundamental concepts in management information systems (MIS), the role of computers in MIS, and some details of how computers function. Topics include various types of information systems, use of information by management, and information systems applications. The students will also be exposed to the application of MIS technologies in the development of business solutions through end-user computing and topics such as computer hardware and software, operating systems, and security.


The Freeway Game: Learning About Externalities

If you are looking for a fun and engaging classroom activity to help students come to grips with the concept of externality, you're in luck! The Freeway Game was created precisely for that purpose. The backdrop for the game is the common problem faced by people having to commute to a large city via a freeway subject to congestion during peak hours. When playing the game, students repeatedly make decisions without consideration for the impact of their decisions on other players. Such a behavior causes congestion. Playing the game sets the stage for a meaningful discussion of the problems associated with externalities (e.g., congestion, pollution, excessive consumption of resources, too little investments in education or R&D), and how such problems could be alleviated.

The Freeway Game is freely available here. The teaching note is available from the Freeway game website.

Visual ANOVA: Understanding The F-Ratio

Visual ANOVA is a Mathematica® animation designed to illustrate the effect on the statistical F-ratio of changes in the group means and standard deviations in a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with four groups of 10 subjects each. Visual ANOVA is a free and open source Wolfram demonstrations project. Click here to use Visual ANOVA.


Awards & Grants

» 2021 Teaching Innovation Award of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
» 2020 Best Reviewer Award for the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education
» 2020 DSI Instructional Innovation Finalist
» 2019—2020 Weber State University Faculty Sustainability Research Award ($1,000)
» 2019 Grant from the Goddard School’s Center for Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility ($2,000)
» 2016 Summer Competitive Research Grant from the University of Illinois at Springfield ($5,000)
» 2015 Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education Outstanding Teaching Brief
» 2013 Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Award (Bronze)
» 2013 David Eccles School of Business Doctoral Student Teaching Excellence Award
» 2012—2013 University of Utah Graduate Research Fellow
» 2012 Best Paper Competition Finalist; INFORMS Section for Public Programs, Services and Needs
» 2011 Dissertation Proposal Award Competition Finalist; POMS College of Sustainable Operations

Department of Supply Chain and Management Information Systems
Goddard School of Business and Economics
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