There's a Better Way is a podcast series focused on exploring how operational excellence principles can provide solutions in your personal and professional life. Each episode, Dr. Aravind Chandrasekaran, professor and academic director at The Ohio State Fisher College of Business, will sit down with a prominent expert or faculty leader to discuss problems we all face in our world today. This program is brought to you by the Master of Business Operational Excellence.  

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  • Episode 12: Reshoring
    June 25, 2019

    Join us this week as Aravind talks about reshoring with Dr. John Gray, associate professor of operations at Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Reshoring refers to returning the production of goods back to the company's original country and is a hot topic in politics. Dr. Gray’s research has been published in top multi-disciplinary management journals and he's also created an elective course regarding Global Sourcing.
  • Episode 11: The Changing Operations at Mid-Ohio Foodbank
    June 11, 2019
    Foodbank operations go beyond providing meals to those in need. Matt Habash, president and CEO of Mid-Ohio Foodbank, sits down with Aravind to discuss how foodbanks are transforming, and how providing regular access to fresh food is positively affecting healthcare costs and outcomes. Mid-Ohio Foodbank is changing the way customers talk and think about their services, so more people will access the help they provide. The Mid-Ohio Foodbank has been around over 40 years with a mission to end hunger one nourishing meal at a time.  Currently, the MBOE cohort is working with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to address some of their challenges.
  • Episode 10: Managing Effective Teams
    May 29, 2019

    What's the best way to build and manage a team? Dr. Tanya Menon, associate professor at Fisher, sits down with Aravind to discuss team building, micro vs. macromanaging, office space layouts, brainstorming and more. Dr. Menon conducts research on decision making, influence, culture, teals and networks, and she's been cited in various media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and The Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Episode 9: Strategy Deployment: Structure, Environment, Capability
    May 14, 2019

    Ellis Jones, senior director of global environment, health, safety and sustainability for Goodyear, and MBOE alumnus, sat down with Aravind to discuss strategy deployment and how he's used principles of Operational Excellence within his role.
  • Episode 8: Never Stop Learning
    April 30, 2019
    Why do we struggle with learning and how can we improve? Dr. Bradley Staats, professor of operations at University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, sat down with Aravind to discuss learnings from his book, Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive.
  • Episode 7: Daily Huddles at Mayo Clinic
    April 16, 2019
    Dr. David Rushlow, chief medical officer at Mayo Health Systems Southwest Wisconsin region and MBOE alumnus, speaks with Aravind 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. 
  • Episode 6: Center for Operational Excellence
    April 2, 2019
    The Center for Operational Excellence  at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business works alongside their members to foster a problem-solving culture that’s grounded in tried-and-true operational excellence tools, and that’s constant and far-reaching. This week Aravind sits down with Kelly Reo, executive director, and Matt Burns, associate director of marketing, to learn more about the mission of COE and how they're helping companies in and outside Central Ohio. 
  • Episode 5: Retail Revolution
    March 19, 2019

    This week, Thomas Goldsby, professor of logistics at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, sits down with Aravind to discuss the retail revolution and how retailers aren't able to survive if they're not willing to adapt to new consumer demands. 
  • Episode 4: Women in Leadership
    March 5, 2019

    To celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, Aravind sat down with Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce, executive director of University Hospital and professor of surgery. Dr. Moffatt-Bruce shares her journey from clinician to senior-level administrator, and her advice to others who are looking to grow as an individual and as a leader.
  • Episode 3: Diversity and Inclusion 
    February 19, 2019

    Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Steffanie Wilk, will join us this week to talk about diversity and inclusion in organizations, and how the lack of diversity may affect your operations. 
  • Episode 2: The Better Way to Gift Giving
    February 5, 2019

    With tax season upon us, this week we sit down with Dr. Brian Mittendorf, chair for the department of accounting and managerial sciences at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. During our conversation, Dr. Mittendorf will explore the options of gift giving, for companies and individuals, and the differences between cash and non-cash gifts.
  • Episode 1: Lean Thinking at the Columbus Regional Airport Authority
    January 22, 2019

    How does a government shutdown affect the operations at the John Glenn International airport? What about an approaching snow storm? This episode, we'll sit down with Charles Goodwin, director of airport operations at Columbus Regional Airport Authority and MBOE class of 2012, who will discuss how lean thinking and standard work allow for smooth operations even during a time of uncertainty. 


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