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…



A new study from a Fisher College of Business professor suggests research and development teams could use some more outside-the-box thinking in how they structure and manage their own innovation projects. Forthcoming in the Production and Operations Management journal is “The Role of Project and Organization Context in Managing High-Tech R& D Projects.” This study, | Read more…



Big data. It’s the sea of information inside and outside your organization that’s so vast, and often so unstructured, it’s spawning a multibillion-dollar industry among those with the tools and skills to analyze it. It also has reaped huge benefits for a number of big-name companies, including Target and Amazon.com, among many, many others. These | Read more…



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…



The health-care institutions perched atop U.S. News and World Report’s annual best hospitals ranking are known as the leaders in their field, the place to be for their specialties, well-staffed and highly regarded. New research from a Fisher College of Business professor found those accolades don’t, however, mean operating margins aren’t often razor-thin – or | Read more…