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W.C. Benton, Jr.

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W.C. Benton, Jr. is the Edwin D. Dodd Professor of Management and Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Fisher. He teaches courses in the business of health care to undergraduates, MBAs and doctoral candidates and along with courses in purchasing/supply management, manufacturing planning and control, operations analysis, and facility design.

Ranked first out of more than 700 operations management researchers in terms of quality and quantity, Dr. Benton’s vast research and writing accomplishments include more than 120 articles that have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, American College of Physician Executives, Decision Sciences, Journal of Operations Management, Naval Research Logistics, IEE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, Quality Progress, Naval Research Logistics, The Journal of Business Logistics, The Journal of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, Production and Operations Management, Interfaces, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Production and Operations Management. He currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management and as a Special Issue Editor for the European Journal of Operational Research. For the Engineer and Manufacturing Divisions at the National Science Foundation, he is a research panel member.

Prof. Benton’s expert contribution to the business and governmental arena includes consultancy for Grant Hospital, Ashland, IBM, RCA, Frigidaire, the Federal Highway Administration, Battelle, U.S. Air Force, Gelzer Automated Assembly Systems, Bitronics Inc., the Ohio Bureau of Disability Determination, Bio-Ohio, Carter Group Canada, and the departments of transportation for Ohio, Florida, Indiana, South Carolina, Alabama and Kentucky.

He serves on the board of directors for the Healthcare Colloquium, The Sleep Medicine Foundation, The House of Hope and The Supply Chain Research Group and is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute, The Institute of Management Sciences, The Institute of Supply Management, The Production and Inventory Control Society, the Operations Management Association, American Society for Quality Control, Society of Logistics Engineers, The Mathematical Association of America and others.

Areas of Expertise

  • Purchasing and materials management
  • Manufacturing planning and control
  • Inventory management
  • Health care performance issues
  • Economics of cardiovascular surgery
  • Supply chain management

Education

  • DBA, Indiana University
  • MBA, Indiana University
  • BBA, Texas Christian University

 

4261 Purchasing and Supply Management

The purchasing course is designed to explore the industrial-institutional purchasing cycle for operating supplies, raw materials, components and capital equipment within the context of the Integrated Supply Chain Management Organizational Concept.

7202 - The Business of Healthcare

Course focuses on the evolving issues facing the healthcare industry today. Students will develop business and decision-making skills that will enable them to excel and advance under demanding circumstances in the competitive healthcare environment.

Published Articles

  • W.C. Benton Jr., “A Profitability Evaluation of America’s Best Hospitals, 2000-2008,” Decision Sciences Journal (2013).
  • T. Clottey and W.C. Benton, “Guidelines for Improving the Power Val,” Decision Sciences Journal (2011).
  • T. Clottey, W.C. Benton, and R. Srivastava, “Forecasting Product Returns for Remanufacturing Operations” Decision Sciences Journal 43, no. 4 (2012): 589-614.
  • S. Handley, W.C. Benton Jr., “Control, Coordination, and Complex Global Services,” Journal of Operations Management (2012).
  • S. Handley, W.C. Benton Jr., “Mediated Power and Outsourcing Relationships,” Journal of Operations Management (2012).
  • S. Handley and W.C. Benton Jr., “The Influence of Exchange Hazards and Power on Opportunism in Outsourcing Relationships,” Journal of Operations Management 30, nos. 1-2 (2012): 55-68.
  • H. Zhou, W.C. Benton, D.A. Schilling, and G. Milligan, “An Empirical Test of the Supply Chain Operations Reference Model,” Journal of Business Logistics 32, no. 4 (2011): 332-344. December 2011
  • S. Handley and W.C. Benton Jr., “Unlocking the Business Outsourcing Process Model,” Journal of Operations Management 27, no. 5 (2009): 344-361.
  • H. Shin, and W.C. Benton Jr., “Supplier Based Reduction Strategy for Supply Chain Management,” Computers and Operations Research 36, no. 8 (2009): 2462-2471.
  • H. Zhou and W.C. Benton Jr., “Supply Chain Practice and Information Sharing,” Journal of Operations Management 25, no. 6 (2007): 1195-1208.
  • H.J. Shin and W.C. Benton Jr., “A Quantity Discount Approach to Supply Chain Coordination,” European Journal of Operational Research 108, no. 2 (2007): 601-616.
  • W.C. Benton and Ling Li, "Hospital Technology and Nurse Staffing Decisions," Journal of Operations Management 24, no. 5 (2006): 676-691.
  • W.C. Benton and M. Maloni, “The Influence of Power Driven Buyer/Seller Relationships on Supply Chain Satisfaction,” Journal of Operations Management 23, no. 1 (2005): 1-22.
  • H.J. Shin and W.C. Benton, “Quantity Discount Based Inventory Coordination: Effectiveness and Critical Environmental Factors,” Production and Operations Management 12 (2004).
  • C. Prahinski and W.C. Benton, “Supply Chain Communication Strategies,” Journal of Operations Management 22, no. 1 (2003): 39-62.
  • N. Murthy, N. Benton, W. C. Benton, and P.A. Rubin, “Offsetting Inventory Cycles of Item Sharing Storage,” European Journal of Operational Research 150, no. 2 (2003): 304-319.
  • Ling Li and W.C. Benton, "Strategic Hospital Capacity Management Decision: Emphasis on Cost Control and Quality Enhancement," European Journal of Operational Research 146, no. 3 (2003): 596-614.
  • P.A. Rubin and W.C. Benton, "Evaluating Jointly Constrained Order Quantity Complexities for Incremental Discounts,” European Journal of Operational Research 149, no. 3 (2003): 557-570.
  • P.A. Rubin and W.C. Benton, “A Generalized Framework for Quantity Discount Pricing Schedules, “ Decision Sciences 33, no. 4 (Winter 2003).
  • Ling Li and W.C. Benton, "The Impact of Strategic Operations Management on Community Hospital Performance,” Journal of Operations Management 20 (2002): 389-408.
  • Ling Li and W.C. Benton, "Strategic Hospital Capacity Management Decision: Emphasis on Cost Control and Quality Enhancement," European Journal of Operational Research 146 (2002): 596-614.
  • P.A. Rubin and W.C. Benton, "Evaluating Jointly Constrained Order Quantity Complexities for Incremental Discounts, European Journal of Operational Research 147 (2002).
  • P.A. Rubin and W.C. Benton, "A Generalized Framework for Quantity Discount Pricing Schedules,” Decision Sciences 33, no. 4 (Fall 2002).
  • N. Murthy, W.C. Benton, and P.A. Rubin, “Offsetting Inventory Cycles of Item Sharing Storage,” European Journal of Operational Research 147 (2003).
  • Michael Maloni and W.C. Benton, “Power Influences in the Supply Chain,” Journal of Business Logistics 21, no. 1 (2000).
  • D. Guide, R. Srivastava, and W.C. Benton, “Supply Chain Management for Recoverable Manufacturing Systems,” Interfaces 30, no. 3 (May-June 2000): 125-142.
  • V. Jayaramaman, R. Srivastava, and W.C. Benton, “Supplier Selection and Order Quantity Allocation:  A Comprehensive Model,” Journal of Supply Chain Management 35, no. 2 (1999).      
  • W.C. Benton and H. J. Shin, "Manufacturing Planning and Controls: The Evolution of MRP and JIT Integration, European Journal of Operational Re­search 109 (1998): 2-17.
  • R. Srivastava and W.C. Benton, “Purchase Quantity Discounts and Open Order Rescheduling: The Hidden Economic Tradeoffs,” European Journal of Operational Research 110 (1998): 261-271.
  • T. Williams, W.J. Fanning, W.C. Benton, et al, "What is the Marginal Cost for Marginal Risk In Cardiac Surgery," Annuals of Thoracic Surgery 66 (1998): 1969-81.
  • V.J. Jayaraman, W.C. Benton, and R. Srivastava, “A Joint Optimization Of Product Variety and Ordering Approach,” Computers & Operations Research 25, nos. 7-8 (1998): 557-566.
  • Michael Maloni and W.C. Benton, "Supply Chain Partnerships: Opportunities for Operations Research,” European Journal of Operational Research 101 (1997): 419-429.
  • W.C. Benton and S.W. Park, "A Classification of Literature on Determining the Lot Size under Quantity Discounts," European Journal of Operational Research 92 (1996): 219-238.
  • Ling Li and W.C. Benton, "Performance Measures in Health Care Organizations," European Journal of Operational Research 93 (1996): 449-468.
  • W.C. Benton and J.S. Kim, "Lot Size Dependent Lead Times in a Q, R Inventory System," International Journal of Production Research 33, no. 1 (January 1995): 41-58.
  • T. Williams, W.F. Fanning, W.C. Benton, et al, "Can We Afford to Do Cardiac Operations in 1996?  A Risk-Reward Curve for Cardiac Surgery," Annuals of Thoracic Surgery 58 (1994): 15-21.
  • N.P. Lin, L. Krajewski, K. Leong, and W.C. Benton, "The Effects of Environ­mental Factors on the Design of Master Production Scheduling Systems," Journal of Operations Management 33, no. 1 (1995): 41-58. 
  • W.C. Benton and R. Srivastava, "Product Structure Complexity and Inventory Storage Capacity on the Performance of Multi-Level Manufacturing Systems," Internation­al Journal of Production Research 31, no. 11: 2531-2545.
  • W.C. Benton, "Time and Cost Based Priorities for Job Shop Scheduling," International Journal of Production Research 31, no. 7, 1509-1519.
  • C. Chiang, C. and W.C. Benton, "Sole Sourcing Versus Multiple Sourcing Under Stochastic Demands and Lead Times," Naval Research Logistics Quarterly 41, no. 5: 609-624.
  • W.C. Benton, "Safety Stock and Service Levels in Periodic Review Inventory Systems," Journal of Operational Research Society 42, no. 12 (1991): 1087-1095.
  • W.C. Benton and M.D. Rossetti, "The Vehicle Scheduling Problem with Intermittent Demands," Computers and Operations Research 19, no. 5 (August 1992).
  • P.A. Rubin and W.C. Benton, "Jointly Constrained Order Quantities with All Units Discounts," Naval Research Logistics 40 (1993): 255-278.
  • J.S.D. Kim, L.P. Ritzman, W.C. Benton, and D. Snyder, "Linking Product Planning and Process Design Decisions," Decision Sciences 23 (Winter 1992): 44-60.
  • M. Malhotra, L.P. Ritzman, W.C. Benton, and G.K. Leong, "A Model for Scheduling Postal Distribution Employees," European Journal of Operational Research 58, no. 3 (May 1992): 381-432. 
  • S.P. Siferd and W.C. Benton, "A Planning Model for Short Term Nurse Staffing Needs," European Journal of Operational Research 74 (1994): 519-527.
  • T.E. Williams W.C. Benton, et al., "Quantitative Quality Descriptors for an Open Heart Surgical Program," Quality Progress (April 1994).
  • S.P. Siferd and W.C. Benton, "Workforce Staffing and Scheduling Hospital Nursing Models," European Journal of Operational Research 60, no. 3 (August 1992).
  • S.P. Siferd, W.C. Benton, and L. Ritzman, "Strategies for Service Systems," European Journal of Operational Research 56, no. 5 (1992): 241-303.
  • W.C. Benton, "Quantity Discount Decisions Under Conditions of Multiple Items, Multiple Suppliers and Resource Limitations," International Journal of Production Research 29, no. 10 (1991): 1953-1961.
  • W.C. Benton, "Statistical Process Control and the Taguchi Method: A Comparative Evaluation," International Journal of Production Research 29, no. 9 (1991): 1761-1770.
  • C.A. Weber, J.R. Current, and W.C. Benton, "Vendor Selection Criteria and Methods," European Journal of Operational Research 50, no. 1 (January 1991): 2-18.
  • R. Srivastava and W.C. Benton, "The Location Routing Problem: Considerations in Physical Distribution Design," Computers and Operations Research 17, no. 5 (May 1990).
  • W.C. Benton and L. Krajewski, "Vendor Performance and Alternative Manufacturing Environment," Decision Sciences 21, no. 2 (Spring 1990).
  • B. King and W.C. Benton, "Master Production Scheduling, Customer Service and Manufacturing Flexibility in an Assemble-to-Order Environment," International Journal Production Research 26, no. 6 (1988): 1015-1036.
  • W. Johnson and W.C. Benton, "Bargaining and Negotiations," The Handbook of Economic Psychology, North Holland, Karl-Erik Warneryd, ed., Warnery & Klumen Academic Publishers, Boston (1988).
  • B. King and W.C. Benton, "Alternative Master Production Scheduling Techniques in an Assemble-to-Order Environment," Journal of Operations Management 7, nos. 1-2 (October 1987).
  • W.C. Benton, "Purchases Discount Research in MRP Systems," International Journal of Production Management 6, no. 1 (1986).
  • W.C. Benton, "Evaluating a Modified Heuristic for the Multiple-Vehicle Scheduling Problem," IIE Transactions (March 1986).
  • W.C. Benton, "Multiple Price Breaks and Alternative Purchase Lot Sizing Procedures in MRP Systems," International Journal of Production Research 23, no. 5 (1985).
  • W.C. Benton and R. Srivastava, "Product Structure Complexity and Multi-Level Lot Sizing in MRP Systems Using Alternative Costing Policies," Decision Sciences 16, no. 4 (Fall 1985).
  • W.C. Benton and B. Srikar, "Experimental Study of Heuristic Algorithms for Solution for the Multiple Vehicle Routing Problem," Journal of Business Logistics 6, no. 1 (1985).
  • W.C. Benton, "An Experimental Analysis of Purchase Quantity Discount Procedures in an MRP Environment," Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management 19, no. 1 (Spring 1983).
  • J. McFillen, R. Reck, W.C. Benton, "An Experiment in Purchasing Negotiations," Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management 19, no. 2 (Summer 1983).
  • W.C. Benton and D.C. Whybark, "Purchasing Discounts and Material Requirements Planning (MRP)," Journal of Operations Management (January 1982).

Books

  • W.C. Benton, Supply Chain Focused Manufacturing Planning and Control for Supply Chain Management (Cengage/Southwest, 2013).
  • W.C. Benton, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2013).
  • W.C. Benton, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2010)
  • W.C. Benton and Linda McHenry, Construction Supply Chain Management (McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2009).
  • W.C. Benton, Purchasing and Supply Management (McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2006).
  • W.C. Benton Jr., “Materials Requirements Planning Systems,” Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science (2010).
  • W.C. Benton Jr., “Push and Pull Production Systems,” Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science (2010).
  • W.C. Benton Jr. C., “Just-In-Time/Lean Production Systems,” Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science (2010). 

In Press

  • A.V. Hill and W.C. Benton, "Modeling Intra-City Time Dependent Travel Speeds," Journal of Operational Research Society.