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The Fisher College of Business Center for Operational Excellence connects business leaders and educators driven to achieve competitive advantage through excellent processes across the enterprise. Learn more here...

Coming Soon: Lean Into Agile Conference - Nov. 7

COE teams with the Central Ohio Agile Association for a one-day conference geared toward bringing new insights to information technology professionals pursuing process improvement.

Keynotes: Mike Keller, CIO, Nationwide Insurance; Mike Orzen, Mike Orzen & Associates, co-author, Lean IT

  • Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH
  • Cost: $224 (group discount available at $179 / person)
  • Register now!

Q&A: Challenges, opportunities for supply chain managers

Today’s fast-paced business world is a constant balancing act of tackling short-term challenges and positioning our organizations for future ones. For those beyond the five, 10, even 20-year horizon, two provocative questions linger: What are they, and what, if anything, can we do about them now? 

Center for Operational Excellence Associate Director Tom Goldsby is the co-author of a newly released book that addresses both of those, and he recently spoke with COE about the implications of these so-called "macrotrends" and why companies shouldn’t view them exclusively as a “doomsday prophecy.”

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In Pictures: COE's Sept. 26 Quarterly Seminar

COE for its fall 2014 seminar hosted Rubik Babakanian, chief procurement officer at Western Digital Corp., and Walt Miller, director of operations excellence for Cummins Inc.