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October 10, 2011

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Research unveiled center launched at middle market summit, co-hosted by Fisher, GE Capital

Harley-Davidson CEO gives glimpse behind 'world's most iconic brand'

Study: Quality problems more likely in offshore drug plants

Lambert receives medal from international logistics society

Fisher People: Laura Wise-Blau

SAC Briefs

Roberta Albert, Audrey Rhodebeck and Kaylin Ward are new members of the Fisher Staff Advisory Committee.
They will join returning members Holly Danzig, Andrea Evans, Miranda Gerberding, Molly Hood and John Jacobs. Hood was selected to serve as the 2011-2012 SAC Chair.

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Registration for 2012 business plan competition begins


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Fisher MBA Face-Off Team–CNBC

Christine A. Poon–CNBC

Christine A.Poon–Columbus Business First

Christine A. Poon–The Columbus Dispatch

National Middle Market Summit–The Plain Dealer

Center for Operational Excellence–Columbus Business First

Anil Makhija–The Wall Street Journal


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Research unveiled, center opened at middle market summit, co-hosted by Fisher, GE Capital

Dean Poon with Jeff Immelt at ribbon cuttingChristine A. Poon, Fisher's dean, and Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE, open the National Center for the Middle Market at Fisher.

Results from the largest study ever of the U.S. middle market show
this business segment is the nation’s surest bet for economic recovery. The study, a survey of more than 2,000 business leaders and analysis of economic data conducted by The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital, found Middle Market firms, defined as the segment between small and big business, surprisingly resilient throughout the economic crisis.   

The study is part of Fisher’s and GE Capital’s new multi-year partnership to research, analyze and map the middle market and create a blueprint for sustained segment growth in the years ahead. Included in this partnership is the establishment of the new National Center for the middle market, the first of its kind which will serve as a center of excellence for Middle Market research, business resources and peer-to-peer networking. Read More >>

Harley-Davidson CEO gives glimpse behind the 'world's most iconic brand'

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Keith Wandell, CEO of Harley-Davidson, gives a presentation at Center for Operational Excellence quarterly professional development seminar.

"I would argue that Harley-Davidson is the most iconic brand in the world," the company's CEO Keith Wandell told the audience of the Center for Operational Excellence at the quarterly professional development seminar held on Sept. 30 at the Blackwell.

Wandell said he first made that statement at the White House in 2009 during a roundtable meeting of CEOs representing the nation's largest companies. He knew he ruffled a few feathers with his claim.

"Big egos," Wandell recalled. "I could see some of them pushing back from the table."

"But we don't make these kind of statements without hard metrics to back them up," Wandell said. "The metric we use is the number of human bodies that have our company name permanently tattooed on their skin." Read More >>

Study: Quality problems more likely in offshore drug plants

Drugs produced in offshore manufacturing plants – even those run by U.S. manufacturers – pose a greater quality risk than those prepared in the mainland United States, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that drugs produced in Puerto Rican plants owned and operated by U.S. pharmaceutical firms were more likely to have quality problems than those produced by the same firm in a matched plant on the United States mainland.

The results show how difficult it is to transfer world-class quality control to an offshore plant, even under the best of conditions, said John Gray, lead author of the study and assistant professor of operations at  Fisher.

“Many people, including some pharmaceutical executives, think offshore plants can produce drugs at significantly less cost but with the same quality risk as plants in the U.S.  But we found that may not always be the case,” Gray said.

MBA student collaborates with Wexner Center on House/Divided multimedia production

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House/Divided, an original production presented by the Wexner Center for the Arts Oct. 6-8, incorporates the real-life misfortunes of a Fisher MBA student.

Eve Marie Wendzicki is a smart, capable, accomplished woman. Now a graduate assistant enrolled in Fisher College of Business in the MBA program, with an expected graduation next June, she's poised to launch into a successful career.

Not so very long ago, however, her life looked quite a bit more bleak.

"I lost my job in 2009 and found myself on the job market unexpectedly, a single woman who owned a home bought with no money down," Wendzicki recalled, sitting on a shaded bench in the courtyard adjacent to Fisher Hall.

"I was the classic example of someone who bought into the idea that everyone deserves a home, the bank doesn't need 20 percent down, it's the American Dream." she added with a bitter laugh. "With a full-time job, that was fine, I could stay current. But when you're unemployed, when you're marginalized like that, you're pushed to the outskirts of society and your options become very limited.

Despite cutting back on every non-essential expense she could, and taking a series of lower paying and part-time jobs, her home ended up in foreclosure. Read More >>

Lambert receives medal from international logistics society

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The International Society of Logistics (SOLE) has selected Douglas M. Lambert (pictured above), Raymond E. Mason Chair in Transportation and Logistics and director of the Global Supply Chain Forum, the 2011 recipient of the Society’s Armitage Medal.

The Armitage Medal was established to recognize outstanding contributions to logistics literature.  The Society presents this award to honor individuals whose published books and technical papers have improved and increased the general body of logistics knowledge relevant to better understanding and development of the art and science of logistics.

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

Fisher People: Laura Wise-Blau

Title: Associate Director, Development and Campaign Communications, Office of External Affairs

Hobbies: "I like to do all sorts of crazy indie craft projects. I just finished decoupage-ing a coffee table, dyeing/stenciling drop cloths to make dorm pillows, and sewing fab curtains for my daughter. I also love biking, movies, the news, and being a good audience for my kid's theatrical/musical exploits and my husband's band."

Fisher Lure: "I feel privileged to work at a college that is so dynamic. I love the pace and the variety of work I do. I feel as though I can be a part of something big. I also enjoy getting to know the staff and the awesome students I work alongside."

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