Creating a culture of continuous improvement
Harvard Business Review
How do organizations remain committed to continuous improvement when the leader who championed lean strategies leaves? Researching within the health care industry, Aravind Chandrasekaran and John Toussaint identify a set of practices that can stop this backsliding and sustain a culture of continuous improvement after such departures.
May 24, 2019
The trouble with extroverted leaders
A good leader needs some kind of presence around the office—how else do you communicate that there’s an authority around? But it seems that while a little attitude can go a long way, too much of it can be counterproductive, according to research by Fisher's Jasmine Hu.
May 19, 2019
As leaks show lavish NRA spending, former staff detail poor conditions at nonprofit
New documents leaked about National Rifle Association top executive Wayne LaPierre's lavish clothing and travel expenses contrast with the culture of fear, poor pay and an underfunded pension described by former staffers. Brian Mittendorf, the Fisher Designated Professor in Accounting, helped NPR review copies of 2019 NRA pension documents.
May 15, 2019
There's a Better Way Podcast: Strategy deployment
Fisher College of Business
As part of the "There's a Better Way" podcast, Aravind Chandrasekaran, associate director of the Center for Operational Excellence, talks with Ellis Jones (MBOE '15), senior director of global environment, health, safety and sustainability for Goodyear, to discuss strategy deployment and how he'
May 14, 2019
Hutchins Roundup: Distressed banks, housing and black wealth, and more
Researchers including Fisher's Itzhak Ben-David, the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate, and René M. Stulz, the Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics, find that financially distressed banks don’t try to gamble their way out of trouble by making riskier loans or investments, but instead act to decrease their debt and raise additional equity.
May 9, 2019
Bad Bosses: Dealing with abusive supervisors
Bennett Tepper, the Irving Abramowitz Memorial Professorship at Fisher, coined the term abusive supervision. Complaints about bosses may be age old, but Tepper helped formalize the field by developing a 15-point checklist of bad-boss behavior, including “tells me my thoughts or feelings are stupid,” “tells me I’m incompetent,” and “lies to me.”
May 8, 2019
The mystery of the missing Berkshire Hathaway invite
Warren Buffett has snubbed KBW’s Meyer Shields from participating in his annual conclave for years. Why? The answer may lie in a difference of investing philosophies. Lu Zhang, the John W. Galbreath Chair in Real Estate at Fisher, points out that Buffett’s stock picking is value-oriented, a countercyclical style that has been out of fashion for much of the past decade. “Ten years is just too short to suggest Buffett should change his strategy,” Zhang says. “Over the long term, Berkshire has beaten any index, any index, hands down.”
May 7, 2019
The perils of a leader who is too extroverted
The Ohio State University
Extroverts are often seen as natural leaders in organizations. But a new study by Fisher's Jasmine Hu suggests that some leaders may have too much of a good thing. Researchers found that informal leaders were better liked and more sought after for advice when they hit a middle “sweet spot” on levels of assertiveness and warmth, two facets of extroversion.
May 6, 2019
Science says healthy scheduling habits make people happier
Selin Malkoc, a professor of marketing at Fisher, and her colleague discovered that when a leisure activity is planned, it’s less enjoyable than if it had taken place spontaneously: “It becomes a part of our to-do list. As an outcome, they [the activity] becomes less enjoyable," Malkoc said.
May 3, 2019
How companies like Amazon are shifting logistics to a consumer-centric approach
Retailers are now expecting supply chain companies to provide consumer-level speed, convenience and flexibility. Terry Esper, associate professor says that 67 percent of business buyers have switched vendors to get a more consumer-like experience, and in the days of Amazon, logistics matters more than it ever has.
May 3, 2019
Simple, not easy: Talking leadership with bestselling author Sam Walker
What seemed like a clear-cut research project on the “secret sauce” behind the greatest teams in sports history has evolved into a multi-year endeavor and bestselling book for Sam Walker, a Wall Street Journal columnist and one-time editor. Walker, who served as the kickoff keynote at The Ohio State University Center for Operational Excellence’s seventh-annual Leading Through Excellence summit, talked about the biggest takeaways from his book – and where the project is taking him next.
May 2, 2019
COE Summit 2019: A look back, in pictures
Each year, The Ohio State University Center for Operational Excellence brings together hundreds of process improvement leaders from across the country for a deep dive into leadership and problem-solving best practices at its Leading Through Excellence summit. Check out photos from the center's seventh summit this past April.
May 1, 2019
NRA legal troubles, Trump support drain finances
The Washington Times
Used to making news on Capitol Hill as one of the most powerful lobbying groups, the National Rifle Association is instead making waves in courtrooms, where its troubled finances and a lengthening list of legal entanglements are taking center stage. Brian Mittendorf, the Fisher Designated Professorship in Accounting, has studied the group's finances and said it hasn’t been spending like it is in turmoil.
April 24, 2019
Five Questions: An academic look at factors with Lu Zhang
Lu Zhang, the John W. Galbreath Chair in Real Estate, andhis research have challenged the status quo of traditional finance and have led to a better understanding of how assets are priced. He has also shown that many of the factors that investors rely on may not hold up as well as we think in the real world. He shares why that is and discusses his research into what drives stock returns.
April 24, 2019
Industry insiders can outperform the market
While most literature finds that individuals lose on average from trading, a few studies show that some individuals consistently outperform the benchmarks. Research by Itzhak Ben-David, the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate, illustrates how much of an advantage familiarity with the stocks and industries can be.
April 18, 2019
Concentration in the asset management industry: Implications for corporate engagement
Research by Itzhak Ben-David, the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate, and his colleagues shows that the asset management industry is getting more concentrated. Share of U.S. stock ownership by institutions has increased from around five percent in 1980 to about 22 percent in 2015.
April 17, 2019
There's a Better Way Podcast: Daily huddles at Mayo Clinic
Fisher College of Business
As part of the "There's a Better Way" podcast, Aravind Chandrasekaran, associate director of the Center for Operational Excellence, talks with Dr. David Rushlow, chief medical officer at Mayo Health Systems Southwest Wisconsin region and MBOE alumnus, about how adding 5-10 minute daily care team huddles has proven to be incredibly effective in improving performance in patient safety, quality and satisfaction.
April 16, 2019
Ohio State institute highlights efforts to stop distracted driving
The Ohio State University
Every day in the U.S., approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business is working to bring those numbers down.
April 15, 2019
Research proves we can reduce food waste by boosting consumer self-esteem
Pittsburgh City Paper
According to research published in the Journal of Marketing by Rebecca Walker Reczek, the Dr. H. Lee "Buck" Mathews Professsorship in Marketing at Fisher and her colleagues, consumers are less likely to pick "ugly produce" because doing so negatively affects how they think about themselves.
April 10, 2019
Study: Employees can handle criticism if it comes from lower on the totem pole
A study conducted by marketing PhD student Junha Kim and a colleague shows that when creative professionals or participants received criticism from a boss or a peer, they had a tendency to be hurt by that criticism, showing less creativity in what they produced next. However, if they received criticism from an employee who was lower on the totem pole than them, they became more creative.
April 9, 2019
What do mutual fund investors really care about?
CLS Blue Sky Blog
Do investors behave rationally? Itzhak Ben-David, the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate, and his colleagues examine why, despite three decades of research on mutual funds, it is unclear whether investors in mutual funds display rational behavior.
April 5, 2019