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…



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…



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…



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…



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…



For an event that grows in scope and diversity each year, uniting hundreds of process improvement leaders from around the globe, it’s no coincidence one of the keynote speakers for the Center for Operational Excellence’s spring summit is co-author of a book called Scaling Up Excellence. COE’s third-annual Leading Through Excellence summit in April was | Read more…



Looking back at a storied history that stretches back more than a century, Ryan Arbogast remembers Nov. 1, 2013, as a low point for the company his great-grandfather founded in 1907. Arbogast, fourth-generation president at prosthetic product manufacturer WillowWood, sat anxiously in a Florida courtroom and listened to a judge deliver the most devastating blow | 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 healthcare-efficiency collaboration between The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and Cardinal Health Inc. is driving results for participating hospitals just months into its launch. The Academy for Excellence in Healthcare recently released two “white paper” reports from hospital systems that have participated in the program, which started early this year and | Read more…