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Faculty - Management Sciences

W.C. Benton, Jr.

Dean's Distinguished Research Professor
Professor of Operations and Systems Management

phone: (614) 292-8868
fax: (614) 292-1272
address: 610 Fisher Hall
Fisher College of Business
2100 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210


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

Areas of Expertise

  • purchasing and materials management
  • manufacturing planning and control
  • inventory management
  • health care performance issues
  • economics of cardiovascular surgery
  • supply chain management


W.C. Benton, Jr. is the Edwin D. Dodd Professor of Management and Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management in the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University where he teaches courses in the Business of Healthcare to undergraduates, MBAs and doctoral candidates, Purchasing/Supply Management Manufacturing Planning and Control, Operations Analysis, and Facility Design. Dr. Benton resides in Columbus, Ohio and received his doctorate in both Operations and Systems Management and Quantitative Business Analysis from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Ranked number one out of 753 operations management researchers in terms of quality and quantity, Dr. Benton’s vast research and writing accomplishments include more than one-hundred twenty articles in the areas of health care performance issues, economics of cardiovascular surgery, purchasing management, inventory control, supply chain management, quality assurance, and materials management 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. Forthcoming summer 2008 is the book Construction Supply Chain Management with co-author Linda McHenry. Dr. Benton’s textbook entitled Purchasing and Supply Management was released in June 2006 and he authored "Bargaining, Negotiations, and Personal Selling" for the Handbook of Economic Psychology. 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.

Professor Benton’s expert contribution to the business and governmental arena includes consultancy for Grant Hospital, Ashland, IBM, RCA, Frigidaire, The Ohio Department of Transportation, The Florida Department of Transportation, The Indiana Department of Transportation, The South Carolina Department of Transportation, The Alabama Department of Transportation, The Kentucky Department of Transportation, The Federal Highway Administration, Battelle Institute, The United States Air Force, Gelzer Automated Assembly Systems, Bitronics, Inc., The Ohio Bureau of Disability Determination, Bio-Ohio, The Carter Group Canada and others.

He serves on the board of directors for the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium, Inc., 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.