W.C.  Benton

W.C. Benton

Edwin D. Dodd Professor of Management
Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management

Management Sciences

Background

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 ColloquiumThe 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.

Awards

  • Best Paper published in the IIE Transactions Journal, 2014–2015.
  • Best Paper published in 2014–2015 in the Journal of Operations Management, 2014.
  • One of the top five most cited paper in the Journal of Operations Management, 2013-2016.
  • Five articles are currently included in the Top 25 articles within the Journal of Operations Management.
  • Featured in Research in the state of the University research address, 2013.

Areas of Expertise

Industries

  • Healthcare

Production/Operations Management

  • Manufacturing Planning

Logistics/Supply Chain Management

  • Inventory Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Education

  • DBA, Indiana University
  • MBA, Indiana University
  • BBA, Texas Christian University

Publications

Published Articles

Books

  • W.C. Benton, Supply Chain Focused Manufacturing Planning and Control for Supply Chain Management (Cengage/Southwest, 2013).
  • W.C. Benton, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2013).
  • W.C. Benton, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2010)
  • W.C. Benton and Linda McHenry, Construction Supply Chain Management(McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2009).
  • W.C. Benton, Purchasing and Supply Management (McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2006).
  • W.C. Benton Jr., “Materials Requirements Planning Systems,” Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science (2010).
  • W.C. Benton Jr., “Push and Pull Production Systems,” Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science (2010).
  • W.C. Benton Jr. C., “Just-In-Time/Lean Production Systems,” Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science (2010). 

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Courses

  • BUSMGT 4261 - Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

    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. Prereq: 2320 (330), 2321 (331), 3230 (630), and AcctMIS 2200 (211), 2300 (212); and BusMHR 2291 or 2292 (BusADM 499.01). Not open to students with credit for 735.

  • BUSMGT 7202 - The Business of Healthcare

    Focuses on the evolving and competitive issues facing the industry today, giving students the tools to adapt and excel under demanding circumstances. Students work to become effective leaders by gaining in-depth knowledge of business concepts, analytical skills and a broad understanding of health-care industry dynamics. Prereq: Enrollment in MBA or WPMBA program. Not open to students with credit for 814.