W.C. Benton, Jr. is the Edwin D. Dodd Professor of Management and Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Fisher. He teaches courses in the business of health care to undergraduates, MBAs and doctoral candidates and along with courses in purchasing/supply management, manufacturing planning and control, operations analysis, and facility design.
Ranked first out of more than 700 operations management researchers in terms of quality and quantity, Dr. Benton’s vast research and writing accomplishments include more than 120 articles that have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, American College of Physician Executives, Decision Sciences, Journal of Operations Management, Naval Research Logistics, IEE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, Quality Progress, Naval Research Logistics, The Journal of Business Logistics, The Journal of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, Production and Operations Management, Interfaces, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Production and Operations Management. He currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management and as a Special Issue Editor for the European Journal of Operational Research. For the Engineer and Manufacturing Divisions at the National Science Foundation, he is a research panel member.
Prof. Benton’s expert contribution to the business and governmental arena includes consultancy for Grant Hospital, Ashland, IBM, RCA, Frigidaire, the Federal Highway Administration, Battelle, U.S. Air Force, Gelzer Automated Assembly Systems, Bitronics Inc., the Ohio Bureau of Disability Determination, Bio-Ohio, Carter Group Canada, and the departments of transportation for Ohio, Florida, Indiana, South Carolina, Alabama and Kentucky.
He serves on the board of directors for the Healthcare Colloquium, The Sleep Medicine Foundation, The House of Hope and The Supply Chain Research Group and is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute, The Institute of Management Sciences, The Institute of Supply Management, The Production and Inventory Control Society, the Operations Management Association, American Society for Quality Control, Society of Logistics Engineers, The Mathematical Association of America and others.
Areas of Expertise
- Purchasing and materials management
- Manufacturing planning and control
- Inventory management
- Health care performance issues
- Economics of cardiovascular surgery
- Supply chain management
- DBA, Indiana University
- MBA, Indiana University
- BBA, Texas Christian University
4261 Purchasing and Supply Management
The purchasing course is designed to explore the industrial-institutional purchasing cycle for operating supplies, raw materials, components and capital equipment within the context of the Integrated Supply Chain Management Organizational Concept.
7202 - The Business of Healthcare
Course focuses on the evolving issues facing the healthcare industry today. Students will develop business and decision-making skills that will enable them to excel and advance under demanding circumstances in the competitive healthcare environment.