Master of Business Operational Excellence
Faculty & Courses

From the time you apply till the time you graduate, you will be surrounded by leaders — from those who make up your class to the nationally recognized experts, guest lecturers, and visiting business executives whose expertise is setting the standard for Operational Excellence. More than a series of lectures, the MBOE program is an ongoing exchange of ideas and insights where students become teachers and teachers learn from students. This powerful marketplace of ideas allows you to learn, challenge assumptions, rethink what success looks like, and reorient your approach to solving problems. In addition to the traditional coursework, we've incorporated a social impact project

Meet the MBOE Faculty

  • Elliot Bendoly

    PhD, Operations and Decision Technologies, Indiana University. MS, Operations and Decision Technologies, Indiana University. BA, Economics (Industrial/Developmental), Case Western Reserve University. BS, Materials Engineering, Case Western Reserve University.

    Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students and Programs
    Distinguished Professor of Management Sciences

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  • R. Gary Butler

    MBA, University of Rochester, Simon Business School. BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh. 

    Senior Lecturer

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  • Aravind Chandrasekaran

    PhD in Business Administration, University of Minnesota. MS in Industrial Engineering, University of Minnesota. BS, College of Engineering, Anna University India.

    Associate Professor of Operations
    Associate Director, Center for Operational Excellence
    Academic Director, MBOE 

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  • John Draper

    PhD in Statistics, The Ohio State University. BS in Mathematics, Florida State University. BS in Statistics, Florida State University.

    Clinical Assistant Professor

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  • John Gray

    PhD in Business Administration, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. MBA, Babcock School of Graduate Management, Wake Forest University. BS in Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College. BA in Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College.

    Associate Professor of Operations
    Associate Director, Center for Operational Excellence

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  • Rick Guba

    MBOE, The Ohio State University. BS in Engineering, University of Dayton.

    Senior Lecturer

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  • James Hill

    PhD, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. MBA, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton.

    Chair, Department of Management Sciences
    Associate Professor of Management Sciences
    Associate Director, Center for Operational Excellence

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  • Larry Inks

    PhD, The Ohio State University. MA, The Ohio State University. BA, Purdue University.

    Clinical Associate Professor

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  • Peg Pennington
  • Tony Rucci

    PhD, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Bowling Green State University. MA, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Bowling Green State University. BS, Psychology and Mathematics, Bowling Green State University.

    Clinical Professor
    University Distinguished Teaching Professor

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  • David Schilling

    PhD in Management Science, Johns Hopkins University. BS in Physics, Miami University.

    Professor Emeritus of Management Sciences

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  • Jill Treece

    MBOE, The Ohio State University. BSN, Case Western Reserve University.

    Senior Lecturer

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  • David Veech

    MS, Industrial Management, Clemson University. BA, International Relations, Western Kentucky University.

    Senior Lecturer in Management Sciences


The curriculum consists of 15 graduate courses that are interwoven through the following sequential learning modules and eight on-campus sessions.


  • Understanding the Operational Excellence Play Book
  • Managing Product and Process Flows
  • Establishing Strategic Norms
  • Daily Management Systems
  • Building Operational Capabilities for Strategic Advantage
  • Understanding and Managing Tough Problems
  • Leading Innovation and Change
  • Sustaining the Operational Excellence Play Book

Laurie Spadaro
Director, MBOE

Fisher College of Business
Executive Education
110 Pfahl Hall
280 W. Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1144