Have five minutes to spare? The Ohio Manufacturing Institute just released the latest edition of its semi-monthly Manufacturing Tomorrow podcast, which they recorded at the Center for Operational Excellence’s Leading Through Excellence summit just last month. Podcast Executive Producer Kathryn Kelley in this edition interviews a trio of COE members – Agrana Fruit’s John Labrador, | Read more…



Following a record-breaking Leading Through Excellence summit in April, the Center for Operational Excellence is gearing up for a busy slate of summer events. Spotlight on MassMutual at IT Leadership Network forum After a visit from Menlo Innovations CEO and Joy Inc. author Rich Sheridan May 13, COE’s popular IT Leadership Network forum series returns June | Read more…



Miss last year’s Leading Through Excellence summit? Looking to revisit one of our most popular keynotes? The Center for Operational Excellence is partnering with Fisher College of Business’ Master of Business Operational Excellence program to bring to campus Rich Sheridan, CEO of award-winning software developer Menlo Innovations LLC and author of Joy Inc. Employees of COE member | Read more…



Furthering Fisher College of Business’ reputation as a top operations research powerhouse, a Management Sciences professor recently received honors from a major engineering journal. IIE Transactions, the flagship journal of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, honored Fisher Prof. W.C. Benton Jr. with the ‘Best Paper’ award. He’ll be formally acknowledged at the publication’s research conference | Read more…



The Center for Operational Excellence’s flagship annual event has more than a few things in common with the fast-paced racing world featured in the kickoff to the fourth-annual Leading Through Excellence summit. In the span of three years, COE’s April Leading Through Excellence summit has grown to a gathering of nearly 400 process excellence leaders | Read more…



The keynote speakers at COE’s Leading Through Excellence summit might be the headlining acts, but they’re only a fraction of what we’re offering during the event’s two biggest days. Full abstracts for the five rounds of breakout sessions offered April 13-14 are now available on the official summit site. During each of these rounds, summit | Read more…



by guest author Aravind Chandrasekaran, associate professor of management sciences, Fisher College of Business Anyone who has taught lean principles grounded in the famous Toyota Production System (TPS) to organizations outside the manufacturing industry has – at least once – heard this common refrain: “(Insert industry here) isn’t cars on an assembly line. This doesn’t | Read more…



The core principles at the heart of Dan Markovitz’ latest book, Building the Fit Organization, are the very essence of lean thinking. Just don’t expect to see the word “lean” past the introduction. Or, for that matter, any references to a certain automaker, its namesake production system, or a litany of Japanese words. And that’s | Read more…



by special contributor Nathan Craig, asst. prof. management sciences, Fisher College of Business The retail shopping experience today is one of incredible convenience for customers and extraordinary complexity behind the scenes. Customers have grown accustomed to the seemingly sleight-of-hand ease with which many retailers stock shelves and fill online orders, while their supply chains are under increasing | Read more…



The good news? COE’s fourth-annual Leading Through Excellence summit is less than three months away, and you still have more than two weeks to save up to 15% on registration. The bad news? Seats are selling fast – we’re already half-booked – and some tours and workshops are either full or approaching sell-out. On the | Read more…