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A Message from Dr. Peter Ward
Professor and Department Chair

The Department of Management Sciences delivers a portfolio of teaching, research, and service activities in two broadly defined areas for the Fisher College. The Decision Sciences group includes faculty providing academic program support in the technical fields of business statistics and operations research. The Operations Management faculty teach and conduct research in the areas of manufacturing and service operations. Academic majors are offered at the undergraduate, MBA, and PhD levels in Operations Management.

Faculty in the department have developed specialty competencies in such domains as lean manufacturing, quality management, facility location, information systems for manufacturing, manufacturing strategy, mathematical modeling of machine and shop scheduling, purchasing strategy and materials management, service operations, international operations, decision making, and the analysis of optimization methods, among other areas of interest. For more detailed information, see the Management Sciences faculty pages.

The department is the home of the Center for Operational Excellence (COE) in the Fisher College. The Center has seen significant growth in corporate membership over the past decade. At present, there are over 25 sponsoring companies participating in a range of activities that include quarterly professional development meetings, special interest round tables, and networking opportunities for access to specialized knowledge and advanced level technical skills. Additional information about the Center can be found at http://fisher.osu.edu/coe.

The Department is engaged with the Central Ohio Business Consortium. The COBC is a group of 8-10 noncompeting companies coordinated by Arthur-Andersen that meet quarterly to discuss best practices in industry across a wide range of topics. Recent sessions have included quality management, recruiting in a tight labor market, employee retention, e-commerce, and integrating firms after the result of a merger or acquisition. Departmental faculty also are involved in the Ohio Award for Excellence program to recognize outstanding quality initiatives on the part of Ohio-based companies.

The Management Sciences Department has established a long-term record of excellence as measured by external ratings or rankings. In addition, we have a long-term track record of placing our PhD. graduates at leading business schools.

Operations Management Academic Program:

U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2011: Production & Operations Management major ranked 6th in the country.

U.S. News and World Report America's Best Graduate Schools 2011: Production & Operations Management major ranked 10th in the country.

Departmental Research Productivity:

"Institutional Research Productivity in Production and Operations Management" by Malhotra & Kher, 1996: Management Sciences ranked 3rd in the country for the period 1980-1994.

"Research Productivity at Business Schools in the Big 10, Big 8, and State of Missouri" by Nauss, Campbell, & Ronen, 1995: Management Sciences ranked 1st in the country for the period 1983-1994.

"A Ranking of POM Research Productivity in U.S. Business Schools" by Young, Baird, & Pullman, 1994: Operations Management tied for first place in the country for the period 1989-1993.

"A New Yardstick Ranks Business Schools Based on Professors' Research Productivity" by Katherine S. Mangan, in Academy of Management Journal, December 2000: Production/Operations Management ranked 6th in the country for the period 1986-1998.

Operations Management ranked 11th, Quantitative Methods (Decision Sciences) ranked 19th, U.S. News & World Report, April 2001.