With less than four weeks to go before we kick off our second-annual Leading Through Excellence summit, we’ve unveiled the full list of breakout sessions you’ll have the chance to experience throughout the day on Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11, in Columbus, Ohio. The full list is available at our website, but here’s | Read more…



Need to get out of town for a while? The Center for Operational Excellence has expanded the scope of the April 9 plant tours offered as part of our three-day Leading Through Excellence summit to include a trip to LeanCor in Florence, Ky., in the Cincinnati metro area. Unlike the five other plant tours we’re | Read more…



The two speakers for the Center for Operational Excellence’s Feb. 14 seminars couldn’t have been from two more different companies, but both emphasized a crucial truth about the journey of process improvement: You’re never too good to learn – or borrow – from others. Take Pittsburgh-based grocery chain and COE member Giant Eagle Inc., whose | Read more…



Are far-reaching efforts in the manufacturing sector to maximize efficiency and bolster productivity in the wake of the recession beginning to pay off? Early signs point to yes, Fisher College of Business Prof. Peter Ward told news service Reuters today as President Barack Obama unveiled a new manufacturing hub in North Carolina. Ward, who also | Read more…



Four months from today, the Center for Operational Excellence will kick off its second-annual Leading Through Excellence summit, a three-day experience designed to develop and sharpen the leadership and problem-solving skills crucial to any organization committed to process improvement. We’re thrilled to open registration for Leading Through Excellence today, kicking off a three-week window where | Read more…



The first- and second-year Fisher College of Business graduate students who attended last Friday’s third-annual Link Symposium didn’t have to wait long to hear sound advice from our panel on lean implementation. Moderating the event was Georgia Keresty, vice president of science, technology, and quality at Johnson & Johnson’s Advanced Sterilization Products. A 30-year veteran | Read more…



Earlier this month, Shingo Prize-winning author and Master of Business Operational Excellence instructor Beau Keyte wrote a fascinating article on the Huffington Post titled “The Silent Killer of Health Care Transformation: Being Overburdened by Too Many Choices.” This addresses a key concept in lean called “muri,” or overburdening. Keyte defines overburden a phenomenon where equipment | Read more…



The numbers don’t lie, as the saying goes, but Ilaria Raniero knows some tell the truth better than others – and many more aren’t worth listening to. Raniero (pictured, right), a visiting scholar to the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business from the Polytechnic Institute of Milan (Politecnico di Milano) in Italy, recently conducted | Read more…



Electrified. That’s the best way to describe how our Center for Operational Excellence members and guests left our seminar this past Friday following a rousing, inspiring presentation from Jamie Bonini, general manager of the Toyota Production System Support Center. Bonini powerfully made the case to a crowd of nearly 150 that the guiding principles of | Read more…



Ryan Barta hated to see dead trees wasted as much as anyone, but it was the waste of time and effort that got the wheels spinning. For years, Barta watched between 6,000 and 9,000 sheets of paper go out to the 225 members of the Ohio State University Marching Band in the form of 30- | Read more…