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All COE events are located at Fisher College of Business unless otherwise noted.

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Innovation Day - Oct. 29

Since the 2008 recession, organizations are pushing their research and development departments to the brink, seeking the same, or greater, levels of innovation at the same, or lower, amounts of funding. At the same time, an unprecedented level of connection across the global supply chain has brought competition to a frenzied peak, pushing companies to the brink and forcing them to efficiently work with global teams.

In this “new normal” for R&D, how can managers meet the demands of top-rung leadership and the market itself?

The Center for Operational Excellence is partnering with the Fisher College of Business Department of Managing Sciences to host award-winning Prof. Aravind Chandrasekaran (right) on Wednesday, Oct. 29, for an “Innovation Day” workshop. Prof. Chandrasekaran will share the results of his years of collaboration with top global innovators in a range of industries, presenting original research that answers critical R&D questions, chiefly:

  • How can I best manage R&D teams and align incentives to achieve the type of innovation I’m pursuing?
  • How do I know when to involve suppliers and other non-internal partners innovation, and when can that hurt, rather than help?
  • What are the challenges involved in working with partners based around the globe, and how can I manage them?

Agenda (subject to minor changes):

  • 9:30 a.m.: Registration / Continental breakfast
  • 10 – 11:30 a.m.: Presentation, Prof. Aravind Chandrasekaran
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Networking lunch
  • 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Back Bay Battery Simulation
  • 2:30 – 4 p.m.: Discussion panel
  • 4-5:30 p.m.: Cocktail reception

Register here

Lean Into Agile Conference - Nov. 7, 2014

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
  • Register now!

Professional Development Meeting - Dec. 5, 2014

Morning Presenter: Kevin Nolan, GE Appliances

Afternoon Presenter: Rebecca Bach, Global Director, Continuous Improvement, Anheuser-Busch InBev

  • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch noon - 1 p.m.)
  • Location: Blackwell Ballroom, 2100 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, OH


Leading Through Excellence summit - April 8-10, 2015

Site: Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH

COE's third-annual three-day summit once again will feature a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, plant tours, workshops, and networking events. Next year's featured keynote will be announced Sept. 26, 2014, with registration set to open Dec. 8!

Visit the official summit site to take a look at featured content during the 2014 summit, which brought nearly 250 process excellence practitioners to Columbus, Ohio.

Mark your calendar...

The following COE events are scheduled with more details to come, though dates are subject to change. Check back on our events page or look for an e-mail invite closer to the event.

  • Feb. 13, 2015 - Quarterly Professional Development Meeting
  • Aug. 28, 2015 - Quarterly Professional Development Meeting
  • Nov. 6, 2015 - Quarterly Professional Development Meeting