Richard Franklin

Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Information Systems and Technology Management
228 Mervis Hall

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Twitter: @ProfRFranklin


BFA in Music, Carnegie Mellon University
MFA in Music, Carnegie Mellon University
MS in Information Science, University of Pittsburgh

Courses Recently Taught

BMIS 2411 Information Systems
BMIS 2582 Structured Business Programming
BMIS 2579 Object-Oriented Programming and Design
BMIS 2589 Systems Analysis and Design
BMIS 2588 Database Management Systems
BMIS 2678 E-Commerce
BMIS 2689 Technology Enabled Business Transformation
BUSMIS 1060 Information Systems
BUSMIS 1600 Technology-Enabled Business Transformation
BUSMIS 1605 Database Management Systems
BUSMIS 1625 E-commerce


Richard Franklin is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Management Information Systems area at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined the Katz faculty in September 1997, after five years with Federated Investors, one of the largest mutual fund complexes in the country. As an Assistant Vice President in the Advanced Information Systems division at Federated, he was responsible for information technology development and support for systems used by over 1,500 people. Before joining Federated, he consulted for Westinghouse, Alcoa, and U.S. Steel. Before entering the business and technology world, he was a full-time professional musician for over 15 years.

Business/IT Expertise Areas: relational database, software engineering, requirements, data and process analysis, IT in financial services, e-commerce.

Music Industry Expertise Areas: recording, musical instrument manufacture and retailing, music education.

Awards and Honors

Award for Teaching Excellence during the following academic years: 2002-03; 2003-04; 2004-05; 2005-06; 2006-07; 2007-08; 2008-09; 2009-10; 2010-11; 2012-13

CBA Best Teaching in the General Management major (2009/2010)

CBA Best Teaching in the Business Information Systems major (2013/2014)

Personal Interests

Professor Franklin remains an active musician. He has played the guitar for over 50 years. He is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), whose jazz compositions and recordings have been featured on radio, satellite and Internet stations in the USA and around the world. He has released over a dozen albums which have been purchased as CDs as well as downloaded and streamed from iTunes, Spotify and other online music sites by jazz-lovers all over the world.