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…



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…



At least one workshop at this April’s Leading Through Excellence summit is a must-have on your wish list. The Center for Operational Excellence this spring is partnering with Mooresville, N.C.-based Performance Instruction & Training (PIT), a hotbed for training pit crew athletes worldwide. Not only will PIT leader Ben Cook be kicking off the second | Read more…



Looking for a crash course in the Center for Operational Excellence and how we’re partnering with our member companies? Executive Director Peg Pennington recently visited the Ohio Manufacturing Institute to talk COE on its Manufacturing Tomorrow podcast, a twice-monthly sit-down with leaders in the trade. Pennington’s wide-ranging chat with host Kathryn Kelley touches on COE’s | Read more…



Leaders at two Center for Operational Excellence member companies have taken their lean transformation stories to the publishing world. Now for sale online and on shelves are Lean-Driven Innovation: Powering Product Development at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and The Lean I.T. Field Guide: A Roadmap for Your Transformation. Lean-Driven Innovation was written by | Read more…



With registration for the Center for Operational Excellence’s fourth-annual Leading Through Excellence summit set to open next month, we’ve unveiled the featured keynote line-up for the April 2016 event. Leading Through Excellence will take place April 12-14 in Columbus, Ohio, and feature its signature mix of plant tours, industry and researcher-led breakout sessions, and dynamic | Read more…