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Edward Watson

Edward Watson

Professor of Business Analysis
E. J. Ourso College of Business

What was your previous position and where?

I worked in a consulting group at a small simulation software company in Pittsburgh that has since been acquired by Rockwell Automation. I had just finished my Ph.D. at Penn State in 1993 and I was looking for an academic position.

What brought you to LSU?

I was interested in joining a major public university with a solid reputation. The fit between my interests and the department’s needs was very good. I enjoyed my visit with the faculty and had two solid “LSU is great” recommendations from one friend who attended Vet school here and from one colleague who was in the engineering school. My wife then came down and really liked the warm March weather and the green. We loved the Louisiana culture. The stars were aligned.

What is your research interest?

I’ve worked across different areas since I came to LSU, generally in the area of operations strategy, technology management and supply chain management. Today I am most interested in how global companies organize and deploy resources to build and sustain lean, green, adaptable supply chain networks.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

When I reach the end of the rope, I hope to be remembered as a remarkable scholar and a dear friend of the LSU community. I strive to give my best every day. I hope to make a big impact towards helping LSU and Louisiana improve in significant ways. If my contributions help touch others in both concrete and profound ways, then I think I will have really accomplished something.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

It is not one thing but rather the collage, the LSU community: the students, staff, faculty, administration, athletic events, academic achievements and the international recognition, everything. If you look at what we do with the resources that we have, I think it is incredible.

What are your major accomplishments?

Well, the whole portfolio of things that helped me earn tenure and promotion to associate professor, and then to full professor was a huge accomplishment for me. Most of the things that I am most proud of involved tremendous team work. My most recent pride and joy is a Harvard case study I co-authored and hope to publish soon that gives a little snapshot perspective on how the Shaw Group achieved success behind the leadership of their entrepreneurial founder and CEO. This case study effort involved a partnership between LSU, Shaw Group and Harvard, and it should bring a lot of attention to some of the great things that have been accomplished by a Louisiana-headquartered Fortune 500 company. My greatest personal accomplishments have revolved around my close partnership with my wife, Christine, and especially our efforts to raise our three beautiful Baton Rouge born children: Alexander, Kayla and Nicholas.


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