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A course launched
last spring at the Fisher College, in partnership with Ford Motor Company and several automotive suppliers, provided MBA students with a grasp of lean manufacturing techniques and tools that typically have been the domain of engineering students and manufacturing executives. “Implementing and Managing Lean Processes” was developed by Peter Ward, associate professor of management sciences. The first five weeks of the course gave the students knowledge that they applied through internships last summer with the automotive suppliers. The students return this fall for a follow-up five week course to fine-tune their new knowledge based on their practical field experiences.

The Fisher College of Business received the national Outstanding Educational Institution Award for 1999 from the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA). About 35 graduate and undergraduate students and alumni attended the NBMBAA conference, participating in case competitions and volunteering in conference activities. Fisher students have won numerous NBMBAA scholarships, and the college’s alumni have gone on to serve as leaders in the association.

The Emerging Markets Field Study class continued to be a successful and popular course with MBAs. Half the class traveled to Egypt and Turkey, while the other half traveled to South Africa. The students toured businesses and factories in the countries, armed with questions on management and operations that were turned into case reports submitted to Fisher faculty members Stephen Hills and Keong Leong, who teaches the course.

Dean Joseph A. Alutto taught the new MBA course “Insights into Executive Leadership,” with sessions presented by executives of leading corporations undergoing major changes. Presenters included: Rafael Benaroya, Chairman, President and CEO, United Retail Group, Inc.; Andy Geiger, Assistant Vice President and Director, The Ohio State University Athletics Department; George Hofmeister, Chairman, American Commercial Holdings; Vincent Langone, President and CEO, Formica Corporation; Patrick Martin, Chairman, President and CEO, Storage Technology Corporation; James O’Brien, President, The Valvoline Company; and Glenn Swift, Operations Vice President and General Manager, AT&T Solutions.

The Fisher team came away with first place honors from the National Black MBA Association’s regional case competition held in Atlanta. The team provided solutions to a real-world business problem.

The number of women students and those from minority groups were up substantially from last year: of the 146 students entering the college’s full-time MBA program in fall 1999, 37.2 percent were women, 13.5 percent represented minority groups, and 27.7 percent were international students representing 20 countries.

A group of students interested in technology and e-commerce issues started the High Tech Club. Membership grew to 90 the first year.

The MBA Mentoring Program, now in its sixth year, matched 42 women and minority students with business professionals. This experience offers students personal guidance as they develop career plans, as well as frank insight into America’s corporate culture.

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