Dr. Jay Dial is Clinical Professor of Management & Human Resources at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.  Professor Dial teaches strategy, microeconomics and leadership courses in Fisher’s MBA and undergraduate programs.  He has been honored with the Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching, Ohio State’s highest honor granted for teaching and has been admitted to the University Academy of Teaching.  He has been recognized as the Outstanding Professor in the Full-time, Working Professional and Executive MBA Programs more than a dozen times and has also received the College’s highest teaching award, the Daniel Westerbeck Pace Setters Award for Graduate Teaching. 

Dial is a regular contributor to Fisher’s custom executive programs, working with various clients such as Nationwide, Textron, The Limited, Cardinal Health, OSU Medical Center/Ross Heart Hospital, Alliance Data Systems and Abbott Nutrition among others.  Dial has also worked in executive programs at Cornell University and Tulane University working with senior executives from Fortune 100 companies, such as IBM, Citibank, Chase Manhattan, Intel and Hewlett-Packard.  He has also consulted to a broad variety of clients on strategy issues, including Aeropostale, Timken, Roadway, Lubrizol, Baker-Hughes, Ameri-source Bergen, Keybank, Tosoh America and Sterling Commerce.

Professor Jay Dial’s interests include competitive strategy, leadership and governance issues.  He has published scholarly articles in various journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Management and Venture Capital

Professor Dial is a founder of the Teaching Community Interest Group within the Strategic Management Society that includes more than 1500 members.  Dial is the author of numerous teaching cases published through Harvard Business School and elsewhere and also conducts seminars for business school faculty on teaching with the case method. 

Professor Dial joined the Ohio State faculty in 2002 after previously serving on the faculties at Case Western Reserve University and Texas A&M University.  He also worked as a management consultant with Deloitte & Touche (now Deloitte Consulting) in Boston, focusing on corporate finance and corporate strategy issues.  Prior to that, he worked in brand management at Kraft at their Glenview, IL world headquarters.  

Dial holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree in General Management from Harvard University and has an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Finance and Business Policy.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of Old Dominion University where he majored in Marketing and graduated as the University Outstanding Scholar.  

Jay lives in Upper Arlington, OH with his wife Aparna and son Bennett and daughter Annika.  He enjoys woodworking, jazz and acoustic music and rooting for the Cincinnati Reds and Buckeyes.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Competitive Strategy
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Case Method Teaching


  • DBA, Harvard University
  • MBA, University of Chicago
  • BSBA, Old Dominion University