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W.C. Benton Jr.

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

Areas of expertise

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


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


Professor Benton, a leading purchasing expert, is the author of two books, Purchasing and Materials Management and Statistics for Surgical Quality Control. His research has been published in the European Journal of Operational Research, The Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Production Research, Naval Research Logistics, Decision Sciences, Annals of Thoracic Surgery and other publications.

A study of 237 production and operations management departments in the nation ranked Dr. Benton first out of 723 professors for productivity. In recognition of his high level of research productivity, the college awarded Professor Benton the Pace Setters' Research Award in 1997. His professional presentations have taken him to Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan and Japan. He served as a visiting faculty member at the Chinese Hong Kong University.

Dr. Benton sits on the boards of directors for The Sleep Medicine Foundation, Tibbs Information, Inc. and Allen Enterprises. In addition, he has served as a consultant for IBM, Gelzer Systems, DiamlerChrysler, Digital, Battelle, Bitronics, the U.S. Air Force, South Carolina State University, Grant Hospital, the Federal Highway Administration, the Department of Transportation and many others.

Contact Information

610 Fisher Hall
Fisher College of Business
2100 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-8868