Richard Franklin
Professor Emeritus of Business Administration



Richard Franklin is Professor Emeritus of Business Administration in the Information Systems and Technology Management 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.

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

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)


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

Academic Area

Information Systems and Technology Management

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.