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The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business welcomes you to a Winter College unlike any other. Inspired by global events, we are practicing what we teach and hope you will join us as we adapt, pivot and press forward to maintain our connectivity and commitment to excellence for this annual tradition.

Winter College 2021 presentations from our talented faculty and staff will include updates to the college’s strategic planning process, research gleaned from field experiments in healthcare delivery, supply chain survival through disruptions and resiliency, and an introduction to a socially responsible start-up by our innovative undergraduate students.

Offering a snapshot of the thriving programs, initiatives and research that are differentiating Fisher as a leader in business education, Winter College 2021 is your opportunity to connect with others and to learn how Fisher is encouraging scholars and developing the next generation of principled business leaders.

February 24, 2021
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EST

Space is limited.

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2021 Program Details 

How to solve the healthcare crisis in the USA? Evidence from field experiments of healthcare delivery

Aravind Chandrasekaran, Professor of Operations, Associate Dean for Executive Education

The United States ranks number one in terms of healthcare expenditure per capita yet ranks last among peer countries in terms of healthcare access and quality. This gap will increase following the COVID-19 crisis due to a surge in chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart failure and kidney disease. While there is consensus on the need to solve the healthcare crisis, we struggle to address this issue even after decades of research and outreach. This is because of a lack of focus on preventing poor health and even limited focus on keeping patients healthy before and after hospitalization. In this session, we will look at field experiments conducted by Fisher faculty and students, in collaboration with leading hospitals in the country, on how to improve cost and quality of care through partnership models between hospitals, patients and society.

Supply chain resilience: Before, during and after COVID-19

Keely Croxton, Professor of Logistics

Many executives agree that the business environment has become more turbulent over the last decade. As a result, the resilience of their supply chains has emerged as a key concern. Academics, practitioners and consultants have all answered the call with frameworks and processes to help conceptualize, measure and improve supply chain resilience. No event or circumstance has tested that resilience more than the COVID pandemic. It has disrupted nearly every supply chain in the world. This session will address what resilience looked like before the pandemic, how companies responded during the pandemic, and what we have learned that might make us more resilient to future disruptions.

Patched: An unconventional approach to mental health awareness

Connor Buehler, Honors Cohort, Class of 2021
Samina Hejeebu, Honors Cohort, Class of 2021

Created as part of the Honors Cohort’s Impact Challenge and rooted in social entrepreneurship, Patched is a fashion brand that raises awareness about the mental health journeys of college students while also providing significant financial support of the startup’s beneficiary organization, Mental Health Matters. Patched is a product and a cause designed to transcend its founders and create a lasting legacy of positive impact at Fisher, Ohio State and beyond.

Champions of Change: Fisher’s strategic plan

Anil K. Makhija Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business

Change remains the only true constant in both business and business education. Preparation for these shifting dynamics remains critical to an organization’s success, and Fisher College of Business is no different. From taking advantage of new trends in higher education to better utilizing cutting-edge technology, Fisher’s future will be shaped by how the college navigates change — both seen and unseen. Dean Anil Makhija provides an update on the college’s ongoing strategic planning process and discusses facets of the plan’s goal to embrace the power of change to advance the educational mission of Fisher.

Speaker Biographies

Anil K. MakhijaAnil K. Makhija serves as dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business of the Max M. Fisher College of Business. Recognized as an expert in the field of finance, particularly capital structure, corporate governance and valuation he has more than 20 years of academic leadership experience.

Prior to his 2014 appointment to dean, Makhija served as Fisher’s senior associate dean. He has held the Dean’s Distinguished Professorship and the David A. Rismiller Professorship in Finance since joining the business college in 1998. He chaired Fisher’s Department of Finance and served as an associate dean of executive education programs, where he was responsible for the development of Fisher’s top-ranked Executive MBA program.

He also played a key role in the development of the National Center for the Middle Market at Fisher.

Makhija holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; an MBA from Tulane University; and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

Aravind ChandrasekaranAravind Chandrasekaran received his PhD in operations and management sciences from the University of Minnesota. His research investigates innovation, learning and knowledge creation issues in a variety of areas including high-tech R&D, manufacturing and healthcare delivery. In recent years, he has begun to study the challenges involved in developing patient-centric healthcare models by conducting field experiments in collaboration with several physician and nursing leaders.

His research has won several awards including the 2017 Poets&Quants 40 Under 40 Top Business School Professors, 2012 INFORMS-Industry Studies Best Paper Award, 2013 Carol J. Latta Emerging Leadership Award for Outstanding Early Career Scholar by the Decision Sciences Institute and the 2015 Pace Setters Award for Research.

Chandrasekaran has won several teaching awards including the 2016 and 2012 Best Outstanding Core Professor Award (WPMBA), as well as the 2013 Pace Setters Award for Teaching Excellence.

Keely CroxtonKeely L. Croxton is a professor of logistics in the Department of Marketing and Logistics. She has developed an expertise in supply chain resilience, focused on helping companies balance their inherent vulnerabilities with their management capabilities in order to effectively respond to disruptions in the supply chain. She is also interested in further developing a process-oriented framework for supply chain management, with special focus on demand management and relationship management.

Her research has been published in several leading journals and she has been awarded the Bernard J. LaLonde Best Paper Award by the Journal of Business Logistics. She is also the author on several chapters of Supply Chain Management: Processes, Partnerships, Performance.

She received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.

Honors Cohort StudentsConnor Buehler is a fourth-year student from Marietta, Georgia, studying finance and human resources with a minor in history. Following his graduation this spring, he will join PwC as a management consultant in its New York City office.

Samina Hejeebu is a fourth-year student from Toledo, Ohio, studying finance with a minor in fashion and retail studies. Following her graduation this spring, she will move to New York City to work as an assistant buyer with Ross Stores Inc.



We strive to host events that are inclusive and accessible to everyone. If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in the webinar, please reach out to the Fisher staff member listed as the webinar’s contact. Requests made five business days in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access. However, we will make every effort to meet requests made after this time frame.


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