FISHER NEWS Sept. 21, 2007
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MBA program ranks 3rd in Wall Street Journal survey, Undergraduate program rises in U.S. News

Former Hyperion CEO among new faculty at Fisher

Ward, Lambert receive top honors from academic peers

Camp named one of the nation's top entrepreneurship professors

New international
program launched

Local real estate developer named director of Center for Real Estate

Fisher People: Meri Meredith

EDITORS’ NOTE: Fisher News e-mail glitch discovered

Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
MBA program ranks 3rd in Wall Street Journal survey, Undergraduate program rises in U.S. News
The undergraduate and MBA programs earned strong rankings in two national surveys announced in August and September.

The undergraduate program moved up six spots to 12th place in the U.S. News and World Report's ranking of the nation’s best business programs. Fisher also ranked No. 3 in The Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive regional ranking of MBA programs.

The Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive ranking of business schools in the categories of national, international and regional are based on a survey of 4,430 corporate recruiters who hire MBA graduates. In the regional category, 51 schools from across the country were ranked.

Over the last four years, corporate recruiters surveyed for this ranking have consistently ranked Fisher as a top MBA program and praised Fisher College of Business graduates for the strength of their education, leadership skills and qualifications for management careers at leading multinational corporations. Read More »

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Former Hyperion CEO among
new faculty at Fisher

Four new faculty members with world-class research and international business leadership experience joined Fisher for the new academic year. Among the new management educators is Jeffrey Rodek, the former CEO of Hyperion Solutions, Inc., recently acquired by enterprise software company Oracle.

Jeffrey Rodek
Rodek, currently general partner with Accretive LLC, is a part-time senior lecturer in Management and Human Resources. Prior to Hyperion’s sale to Oracle, Rodek served as chairman and CEO of the business performance management software company and for the last three years he was the executive chairman of the board.

Under Rodek’s leadership, the company experienced a tremendous turnaround, improving performance and achieving record sales. The company was recognized as FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2004 and listed on the Forbes 200 Best Small Companies.

Rodek, an Ohio State alumnus who earned his MBA in finance and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, serves on the Board of Directors of Accelrys, Inc., a public software company. As an active Fisher alumnus, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council as well as The Ohio State University Alumni Association Board. Read More»

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Scholar Spotlight
Ward, Lambert receive top
honors from academic peers

Dr. Lloyd H. Muller (left), CPL, President, SOLE - The International Society of Logistics, presents the society's 2007 Eccles Medal to Douglas M. Lambert, the Raymond E. Mason Chair in Transportation and Logistics and director of the Global Supply Chain Forum.

Professor Douglas M. Lambert, the Raymond E. Mason Chair in Transportation and Logistics, and Peter Ward, the Richard M. Ross Chair in Management, chair of Fisher’s Management Sciences Department and co-director of the Center for Operational Excellence, both received the highest honors from scholars in their fields.

SOLE, the International Society of Logistics awarded Lambert the Eccles Medal at the society’s 42nd Annual International Logistics Conference and Exposition held on Aug. 23.

The Eccles Medal was established in honor of the late Admiral Henry Eccles, one of the most highly respected logisticians of the 20th century. SOLE presents this award to recognize outstanding achievements in the development or administration of logistics education and research.

SOLE is a non-profit international professional society composed of individuals organized to enhance the art and science of logistics technology, education and management.

The Academy of Management selected Ward its Operations Management Scholar Award for 2007. Ward received his award on Aug. 6 at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.

The Academy of Management is a leading professional association for scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations. Each year, the academy’s Operations Management Division selects one of its members to receive the award for outstanding scholarship in the field.

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Camp named one of the nation's top entrepreneurship professorsCenter for Entrepreneurship to participate in multi-year National Science Foundation Grant

S. Michael Camp
, academic director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, was recently named one of the nation’s top entrepreneurship professors by FORTUNE Small Business magazine. In addition to the individual recognition, Camp and the Center for Entrepreneurship in conjunction with the College of Engineering will launch a new interdisciplinary program with a $600,000 multi-year grant awarded to The Ohio State University by the National Science Foundation.

Michael Camp
FORTUNE Small Business magazine recognized Camp and 17 other professors as the nation’s best through a survey of colleagues, students and entrepreneurs in its first compilation of America’s Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs.

“In the relatively short time that Michael has led the Center for Entrepreneurship, he has fostered and nurtured the entrepreneurial spirit of many students not only in Fisher College but throughout Ohio State,” said Stephen L. Mangum, acting dean of Fisher College. “This recent recognition is a remarkable honor and is reflective of Michael’s passion for preparing innovative start up companies to succeed.”

The magazine commended Camp’s efforts that led to the creation of the Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Academy, an interdisciplinary program that teaches graduate students to assess the commercial potential of new technologies. Read More»

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New international program launched
The International Programs Office is introducing Elective Treks, new non-credit global study trips each focused on a specific functional area. The first four trips, led by Fisher faculty, will explore logistics, global sourcing, finance and microfinance.

Participants will be able to examine global sourcing operations in India. Logistics will be the focus in Germany. London and Brussels will be the destinations for the study of financial markets in those countries. A unique look at microfinance and economic development will be offered during travel in Bolivia .

The experiential week-long trips will be offered during winter and spring breaks. For more information and applications, visit the International Programs Office Web site.

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Local real estate developer named
director of Center for Real Estate

Real estate developer Ken Gold, who has taught as an adjunct professor in the finance department for 25 years, was named the new director of Fisher’s Center for Real Estate Education and Research. He replaces Anthony Sanders, who retired from the university.

Gold is a principal of Columbus-based Skilken Properties where he directs new development, leasing and manages Skilken’s Real Estate's brokerage business. In addition to developing new programs for the center, Gold says an advisory committee comprised of leaders from both Fisher and the business community has been formed to support new strategies for the center.

“We will be working to connect the center to the real estate community through developing partnerships with practitioners, faculty and students,” said Gold, who earned his MBA in finance at Fisher. “I have a passion for this industry and I want to bring that to the center, to Fisher and the Ohio State community.”

New initiatives under development include a student mentorship program and a consulting and technical research program that will provide services to the industry. Gold said the center’s long-range objective is to reach out to the entire university community by providing interdisciplinary programs. A new program assistant and two graduate assistants will staff the center.

“Ken is a veteran of the real estate industry, and he brings to the center a wealth of knowledge, a history of innovation and a passion for the field,” said Anil Makhija, the Rismiller Professor of Finance and chair of the Department of Finance. “Fisher is very fortunate to have his leadership, and we are excited about the initiatives in the works.”

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Fisher People: Meri Meredith
Title: Reference Librarian in the Business Library and Associate Professor

Hobbies: Horseback riding, tennis, walking, swimming, bicycling and reading.

FisherLure: “We have a pristine, state-of-the-art library with over 350 databases, which means we can answer almost any question. The people in the Fisher College of Business, students, faculty and staff, are the best!"

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EDITORS’ NOTE: Fisher News e-mail glitch discovered, new guidelines for submitting news, events to editors
During the summer, Computing Services and Fisher News staff learned that a technical glitch with the e-newsletter events form prevented news submissions from reaching editors during a portion of the 2006-07 year. The editors and staff regret this technical failure. We would like to extend our sincere regrets to students, staff and faculty whose events may have been omitted from Fisher News last year.

Although the problem has been resolved, students, staff and faculty are being encouraged to email Fisher News editors directly with information about event information or other story ideas. Please send events information to Patty Allen, associate director of communications,, or to Nick Houser, public relations coordinator, at

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Calendar of Events

Sept. 26
Kirk Thomsen
, vice president of human resources for the automotive group of Eaton Corporation, will speak as part of the Cullman Executive Luncheon Series from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in 161 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online at

Fisher Board Fellows will be hosting a BBQ at Fred Beekman Park from 4 to 7 p.m. More information is available online at

Sept. 27
The Distinguished International Speaker Series will feature Paul Sanzone, a solutions manager for BMW Financial Services, at 12:30 p.m. in 355 Gerlach Hall. Sanzone’s responsibilities include supporting development of the Latin America financial services companies by providing IT consultancy.

He will discuss his experiences in international business and give an overview of BMW’s Latin American subsidiaries in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Sanzone has worked for BMW for 13 years. From 1997 to 2001, he worked in the United Kingdom as a computing services manager, working closely with BMW’s headquarters in Germany. Prior to joining BMW, Sanzone was employed by Compuware and Cap Gemini as a technical consultant. More information is available online at

The Center for Entrepreneurship along with the Ohio State Alumni Association is hosting Women in Entrepreneurship program at the Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road. The evening workshop will feature Neeli Bendapudi, Fisher's associate professor of marketing and executive vice president and chief customer officer for Huntington Bank, and breakout sessions. More information is available online at

Oct. 19
Five outstanding Fisher College of Business alums whose hard work has made a difference in the corporate world and the community will be honored at the annual 2007 Dean’s Dinner and Alumni Awards Presentation. The dinner and ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at the Blackwell Inn. More information is available on the Alumni & Friends Web site.

News Briefs

Alutto presents report on b-school research at AACSB conference
Joseph Alutto, Ohio State interim president and provost, presented a plan to increase the value of business school research for students at the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business’s recent Continuous Improvement Conference.

Alutto, who chaired the Impact of Research task force that issued the report, said that business schools must find better ways to demonstrate the impact of contributions to advancing management theory, practice and education.

Alutto was been interviewed by several media outlets including The Chronicle for Higher Education and and since the report was released.

News Briefs

René Stulz, professor of finance, was quoted in an Aug. 26 The New York Times article on the effect one hedge fund can have on the performance of other hedge funds.

Stulz told the paper his new research found that when one hedge fund goes bad it can cause losses for many similar funds and also disrupt the broader financial markets.

Ingrid Werner, professor of finance, was quoted in an Aug. 14 The Wall Street Journal article on the reaction of traders following the elimination of short-sale regulations.

Werner, who studied the issues as a member of an SEC panel, told the paper short-sales should only have an impact on price movements for less than an hour and not an entire day.

Stephen Mangum, acting dean, was quoted in an Aug. 20 Columbus Dispatch article on safety inspections conducted in downtown Columbus.

Mangum told the paper the public wants some entity to oversee safety and awareness, but also wants a balance between government safety inspections and the costs associated with complying with the regulations.

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