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…



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…



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…



A longtime staffer in Fisher College of Business’ Management Sciences department was honored this week with a top service award from The Ohio State University. Laurie Spadaro, assistant to the department chair in Management Sciences, received the Distinguished Staff Award, given to only a dozen staff members each year who have served the university for | Read more…



As more industries turn to lean principles to drive gains in productivity and increase cost savings, a longstanding partnership at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business is expanding to match a burgeoning need for know-how. Fisher College of Business and Shelton, Conn.-based Productivity Inc. this week announced the launch of the Lean Manager | Read more…



A new survey on operations management in U.S. middle-market companies shows them uniquely positioned to make sustainable process improvements but still trailing their larger peers in developing formal implementation programs. The report, The Operations Playbook: A Systematic Approach for Achieving and Maintaining Operations Excellence, is authored by Center for Operational Excellence Co-Director Dr. Peter Ward | Read more…



Since the 2008 recession, organizations are pushing their research and development departments to the brink, seeking the same, or greater, levels of innovation at the same, or lower, amounts of funding. At the same time, an unprecedented level of connection across the global supply chain has brought competition to a frenzied peak, pushing companies to | Read more…



Today’s fast-paced business world is a constant balancing act of tackling short-term challenges and positioning our organizations for future ones. For those beyond the five, 10, even 20-year horizon, two provocative questions linger: What are they, and what, if anything, can we do about them now? Center for Operational Excellence Associate Director Tom Goldsby is | Read more…



As students at The Ohio State University kick off another academic year today, Fisher College of Business is welcoming a dozen new faculty members, including three new faces in the Center for Operational Excellence-affiliated Department of Management Sciences. Joining Management Sciences this fall are: Elliot Bendoly, who comes to Fisher as a full professor. Most | Read more…



Fisher College of Business Associate Professor John Gray in a column for our sister center The Risk Institute tackles the looming threat of the “100-year event” for a company’s supply chain, which could range from a tsunami to a nuclear disaster or factory fire. The problem with these so-called 100-year happenings, he writes, is that | Read more…