FISHER NEWS April 6, 2007
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MBA program maintains ranking in U.S. News report

Global Supply Chain Forum to reach six continents in '07

ExxonMobil executive to discuss business relations in Latin America

PwC executive spends the day at Fisher

Fisher team competes in first global gaming competition

Dean’s Leadership Conference scheduled for May 5

Big Ten case competition set for April 12-14

Fisher People: Laurie Spadaro

Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
MBA program maintains ranking
in 2008 U.S. News report

U.S. News & World Report released its 2008 annual ranking of graduate schools last Friday. Fisher maintained its 22nd place ranking for its MBA program and moved up one spot to seventh among public institutions. The college also tied for third among Big Ten schools. Accounting and supply chain/logistics were recognized in the top 10 of business school specialties.

For eight consecutive years, Fisher has been ranked in the top 25 in this influential ranking published in the bestselling guide, “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

There were notable increases in Fisher’s overall score, recruiter and peer assessment scores compared to last year. The peer assessment score is based on surveys of deans and academic leaders across the nation. Corporate recruiters who visit the campus were polled to determine the recruiter assessment score.

Job placement continues to be a major strength for the college. Fisher achieved the 5th highest job placement rate of the 50 schools ranked with 96 percent of MBAs reporting job acceptances within three months of graduation.

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Global Supply Chain Forum to
reach six continents in 2007

Douglas Lambert, director of the Global Supply Chain Forum, with the help of Fisher researchers and forum members, will hold week-long courses on supply chain management on six continents this year.

Douglas Lambert, director of the Global Supply Chain Forum, is on a quest to make sure everyone in the corporate world realizes that supply chain management involves every function in the organization.

With the help of Fisher researchers and top corporate executives, Lambert, the Raymond E. Mason Chair in Transportation and Logistics, is leading a global charge to implement a model that stresses relationship management and the implementation of eight cross-functional business processes.

Last year, the forum, through Fisher’s Executive Education program, made its international debut with week-long seminars in England and Argentina. Yet, Lambert said 2007 is the year his strategy will truly go worldwide. Beginning this year, the forum will reach every continent except Antarctica. It will expand onto the campuses of universities in China, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The forum’s strategy presents supply chain management as a relationship managing tool that links teams from corporations that do business with one another. The week-long, open-enrollment sessions are taught by Fisher researchers. The programs are designed by the researchers based on a book that represents the combined knowledge of forum members and the research team. Read More »

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ExxonMobil executive to discuss
business relations in Latin America

Jesse J. Tyson
Jesse J. Tyson, president of ExxonMobil Inter-America Inc. and Fisher alum will return to campus to speak about managing government and business relations in Latin America. The lecture will be held 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 in 375 Gerlach Hall.

He will discuss the challenges and opportunities ExxonMobil faces in the Latin American region in light of changing government policies toward natural resources. The event is sponsored by Fisher’s Center for International Business Education and Research, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Glenn School for Public Affairs and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.

Tyson, who earned his MBA from Fisher in 1976, has been employed by ExxonMobil for more than 30 years. In November 2002, he was appointed marketing director of Americas South Fuels and president of ExxonMobil Inter-America Inc., which is based in Coral Gables, Fla. Tyson has responsibility for ExxonMobil's Fuels marketing retail business in the Caribbean, Central America, Andean region and South America.

Tyson has been honored as one of the "Twelve Good Men" by the Ronald McDonald House in 2005, a recipient of the NAACP Achievement Award in 2001 and Jack & Jill Father of the Year in 2001 and 2004.

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PwC executive spends the day at Fisher

Ken Cooke, managing partner for Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Enterprise Solutions Center, talks to William Raabe's class about a CIO's perspective of emerging technologies in accounting.

Ken Cooke, managing partner for Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Enterprise Solutions Center, spent a day on the Fisher campus meeting with accounting students and faculty.

Cooke gave presentations on emerging technologies in accounting to undergraduate classes. Cooke also discussed career opportunities and trends in the accounting profession.

A member of PwC’s leadership team and operations committee, Cooke is responsible for establishing and delivering the firm’s technology strategy, including application development and daily information technology operations.

In addition to speaking to students, Cooke observed several accounting classes and met with student groups including the OSU Accounting Association, Beta Alpha Psi, the Fisher chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants and Alpha Kappa Psi.

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Fisher team competes in first
global gaming competition

Fisher's team in the first-ever Global Supply Chain Competition Nathan Maccarter (from left to right), Shijith Prathapan and Tim Pettit react to a market shift.

As the market on multimedia and Linux computers dried up, Tim Pettit, Nathan Maccarter and Shijith Prathapan scrambled to drop prices, dump their inventory and somehow gain an edge on their international competition. The trio of students weren’t entrenched in the fickle technology sector, but participated in a revolutionary international competition that didn’t require them to leave Fisher Hall.

Maccarter and Prathapan, both MBA students and Pettit, a logistics management doctoral student, recently competed in the first-ever Global Supply Chain Competition, a real-time simulation developed by researchers at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

The goal of the competition, which was sponsored by Sun Microsystems, was to manage the most efficient supply chain. Fisher’s team was coached by A. Michael Knemeyer, assistant professor of logistics.

Up against 10 schools from the United States, Europe and Asia, the three students represented a computer firm in Omaha, Neb. They had to quickly decide what types of computers to make, where to locate factories, where to source their parts, where to sell, how to price their products and how to transport them.

“Once the game started speeding up and the orders started rolling in there was a big frenzy in our room with everyone screaming ‘buy, buy or sell, sell,'” Pettit said. “It really seemed like we were on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.”

Throughout the competition the team closely monitored the technology prices as they placed orders and then tried to sell the inventory for the most profit and increased market share. At the same time, they had to forecast sales as well as react to unexpected problems, market swings and their international competition.

“We were really able to apply course work in a simulated business setting and had to react to stay ahead of the competition,” Pettit said.

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Dean’s Leadership Conference
scheduled for May 5

The Dean's Leadership Conference will be held Saturday, May 5 at the Pfahl Executive Conference Center at the Blackwell Inn. This year’s theme is “Business Without Borders.”

The conference helps Fisher’s top undergraduate students further develop their leadership skills. Students are selected for participation based on academic excellence, dedication to the community and demonstrated leadership skills.

Stacy Methvin, vice president of Base Chemicals Americas and CEO of Shell Chemical LP, will be the keynote speaker. A number of distinguished executives from the Columbus area business community will also be in attendance. During the day long event, students will participate in activities such as a business simulation case study and networking opportunities with business professionals and Fisher faculty.

"The Dean’s Leadership Conference is an annual event that impacts our students, faculty and programs in a number of positive and far-reaching ways,” said Fisher Dean Joe Alutto. “The excitement of watching students grapple with new ideas and challenge existing assumptions is always inspiring.”

For more information, visit the Dean’s Leadership Conference Web site at

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Big Ten first-year case competition
set for April 12-14

Teams of first-year MBA students from ten of the 11 Big Ten conference schools will go head to head in the 15th annual Big Ten MBA Case Competition April 12-14.

Tony Obergefell, Lisa Scheiring, Natalie Siston and David Smith will represent Fisher in the competition. Students will arrive on campus on April 12 and will receive the case. Teams will be asked to analyze a complex, multidisciplinary business case and recommend a course of action. On Saturday, April 14, the teams will be required to defend their strategy in a simulated board room setting. Senior level executives from major corporations across the country will judge the competition.

The top three teams will go on to compete next year in the Big Ten/Pacific 10 Rose Bowl challenge in the fall.

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Fisher People: Laurie Spadaro
Title: Administrative Associate, Assistant to Department Chair Management Sciences

Hobbies: "I enjoy traveling and will be making my first trip to Europe to visit Italy in November for two weeks. I like sports, mainly OSU football and basketball and anything related to Cleveland sports teams. I love animals and have a dog sitting business out of my home, Happy Pet Sitting Service, where I go into homes of people who are away either on business or pleasure and take care of their pets. I have a son, Tony, who is a freshman here at OSU and even though he lives on campus, he still keeps me fairly busy."

FisherLure: "I’ve been working here at Fisher College of Business since April 2005, and I really enjoy working here. My job is never the same from day to day and it is never boring. I am constantly learning something new. The people I work with at Fisher have all been very friendly and professional, and there is a wonderful wealth of knowledge here. My department chair, Peter Ward is just a joy to work with as well as the rest of the folks in Management Sciences and COE."

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Calendar of Events

April 9
Roberto Abramson
, CEO of Hidroazul Pool Chemicals, a pool chemical company based in Brazil, will speak on his career experiences since graduating from Fisher. His lecture is a part of the CIBER Distinguished International Speaker Series from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 265 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online at

April 10
Jim Haubrock
, chair-elect of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, will discuss issues facing the accounting profession in Ohio and beyond as a part of the MAcc Association meeting from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in 265 Gerlach Hall. A segment of the presentation will be focused on tips for professional development of young CPAs.More information is available online at

A representative of Deloitte and Touche will speak at the Accounting Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 305 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at

April 11
Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith will speak as a part of the Cullman Executive Luncheon Series from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. in the Graduate Programs conference room. Reservations are required. More information is available online at

April 12
Local business leaders will meet with students for an executive networking and briefing event. Breakfast will be served at the event from 7 to 9:26 a.m. More information is available online at

April 16
The rescheduled Undergraduate Student and Faculty Mixer hosted by the Undergraduate Business Council will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Blackwell ballroom.

The mixer is an opportunity for students to interact with faculty members. Students should dress professionally and RSVP for the event by e-mailing Teresa Smith at

April 18
The Accounting Association will present its Spring Internship Night at 7:30 p.m. in 305 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at

Shana Jackson of NVR Homes will speak at the Undergraduate Business Women’s Association meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in 315 Schoenboam Hall. More information is available online at

April 19
Melanie Schmucker
of IBM will speak at the Transportation and Logistics Association meeting. Pizza will be served in room at 7 p.m. in 209 Schoenbaum Hall and then we will move to 215 Schoenbaum Hall to listen to the speaker. More information is available online at

The Fisher Real Estate Society will present a home buying seminar for students interested in purchasing a home after graduation. The seminar will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in 275 Gerlach Hall.
More information is available online at

April 20
Edward L. Monser
, COO of Emerson, will be one of the featured speakers at the annual CLO/COO Summit presented by the Operations & Logistics Management Association. The summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Blackwell ballroom. More information is available online at

News Briefs

Fisher squad a finalist in KPMG case competition
A team of Fisher accounting students is headed to the Big Apple to take part in the final round of the inaugural KPMG National Audit Case Competition.

The team which includes, MAcc student Jered Green, combined program MAcc student Danielle Kimmet and undergraduates Grant Schneider and Julie Ahlberg will take part in the Audit Case Competition Finals on April 16 at the KPMG headquarters in New York City.

The team will use a Web-based application designed by KPMG International’s Global Services Centre to simulate a series of interactions between a KPMG audit partner and members of the student audit team. Partner mentor videos, audio, PowerPoint slides and simulated emails will be used to provide background information and instructions for the required audit activities.

Samuto receives scholarship
Vicky Samuto
was chosen as one of two people from seven central Ohio universities to receive a $2,000 student scholarship from the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio.

The scholarship was awarded based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership, human resources related experience, extracurricular activities, career goals and overall presentation capabilities.

News Briefs

Jeffrey Rice, executive director of Career Services, was featured in the one-on-one question and answer column, “Talking B-School” in The Wall Street Journal on March 20. Rice discussed the provocative tactics used by corporate recruiters to lure MBA graduates to companies.

Rice told Ron Alsop, the Journal’s MBA Track columnist, that companies are providing limousine rides, free iPods and dispatching corporate jets to woo prospective employees. The column was accompanied by an artist rendering of Rice in front of Fisher Hall.

The Columbus Dispatch featured a story on the front of the business section on Fisher Commons, a new apartment complex that will be offered as a housing option for MBA students by the Edwards Communities. According to the April 2 article, the housing developer will give Fisher MBA students priority to lease apartments in the 118-unit complex.

William Raabe, a tax expert and a member of Fisher’s accounting faculty, was interviewed on the National Public Radio show "Marketplace" on March 21.

Raabe discussed the flaws in the Alternative Minimum Tax and the issues lawmakers face as they try to fix it. Listen to the segment online.

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