Webcast: Leading with Lean

Dr. Peter Ward, The Ohio State University

Operational Excellence really seems to work. Evidence shows that organizations that employ the principles of operational excellence perform better than those that don't. This leads to the question of why every organization has not been successful in deploying operational excellence if it works so well. There are plenty of answers, but they all seem to boil down to leadership.

In this recorded Webcast, Dr. Peter Ward from The Ohio State University will present some evidence that operational excellence works to improve performance dramatically across a spectrum of industrial settings. He will also discuss some common leadership pitfalls and opportunities.

In this session, the following key points will be covered:

Dr. Peter Ward, The Ohio State University

Peter T. Ward, DBA, MSBA, is the Chair of the Department of Management Sciences at Ohio State University's Max M. Fisher College of Business. Peter is also Academic Director of Fisher's Master of Business Operational Excellence program and Co-Director of the Center for Operational Excellence at Ohio State, a consortium of thirty companies dedicated to excellence and thought leadership in operations. He is the first president of the Lean Education Academic Network (LEAN), a global community of university educators dedicated to teaching systems thinking in universities.

Dr. Ward's research has resulted in numerous articles which have appeared in leading operations management journals and he has been recognized with a number of awards including the Shingo Prize for research in 2004, the distinguished operations management scholar from the Academy of Management in 2007, and the Bostic-Georges Pacesetter Award for Service in 2010. He is a fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute. His research focuses on gaining competitive advantage through operations.

Dr. Ward has served as a member of the advisory board of Ford Motor Company's Lean Resource Center and as a judge for Industry Week's America's Best Plants Program. He currently serves on the boards of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) and the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)