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Research Groups

Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER)

Promotes global learning as it relates to newly emerging countries and markets for U.S. products. Academic Director: Stephen Hills, associate professor of management and human resources; Administrative Director: Cheryl Ryan.

Published Survival Russian for Business, an introductory language text with audio CDs for those in business.

Launched a graduate credit course in business Spanish for MBAs, in cooperation with Ohio State’s Department of Spanish.

Collaborated with CIBERs at other universities to present summer session international research seminars for PhD candidates in varying business disciplines.

Brought the college’s Emerging Markets MBA class to the African continent for the first time, with stops in Egypt and South Africa.

Assisted in the planning and coordination of an Ohio State delegation to Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

Presented a Faculty Development in International Business course to help language faculty and professionals incorporate business concepts in their instructional methods.

Launched a new Emerging Markets class for undergraduates with visits to businesses in Mexico.

Established new agreements with peer international business schools to provide Fisher College MBAs with study abroad options and international students with exchange opportunities.

Center for Excellence in Manufacturing Management (CEMM)

Provides professional development, networking opportunities, targeted research and interaction with the college’s top students. Directors: William Berry, Richard M. Ross Chair in Management and professor of operations management; John Dix, adjunct professor of marketing and founder/president of Business Development Index Limited, Inc

Established a new lean manufacturing course and internship opportunities for MBAs in partnership with the Ford Motor Company Lean Resource Center.

Conducted a “best plants” benchmarking project in partnership with Industry Week, providing customized information from the final report to CEMM member companies and using the data for scholarly research.

Continued work on a study linking marketing and manufacturing strategies in a U.S.–European project conducted in partnership with Deloitte & Touche and leading academics from other universities.

Conducted research on the functional silos that exist between marketing and manufacturing functions and their impact on strategic planning, operational activities and results.

Presented quarterly professional development programs attended by more than 400 professionals from more than 50 companies.

Sponsored a job fair, scholarships, research paper competition and speakers for MBA students, and coordinated internship opportunities.

Built membership to 14 companies with the addition of The Longaberger Company and Roxane Laboratories, Inc.

Supply Chain Forum
Links senior practitioners and researchers exploring critical issues in customer satisfaction and operational excellence. Director: Douglas M. Lambert, Raymond E. Mason Professor of Transportation and Logistics and professor of marketing.

Offered eight executive education seminars on improved supply chain performance and held a five-day logistics management program.

Completed research regarding the measuring and selling of the value of logistics.

Continued research regarding the partnership model.

Launched supply chain mapping research.

Completed research on linking supply chain strategy to corporate strategy.

Increased the number of forum members to 16, with the addition of Ford Motor Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Champion International and Taylor Made–Adidas Golf Company.

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