India Gateway Visited by Fisher College of Business Dean and Professor

Dr. Ward with TMTC TATAPeter Ward, senior associate dean for management and director of the Center for Operational Excellence in the Fisher College of Business, and Aravind Chandrasekaran, associate professor of operations and associate director of the Center for Operational Excellence, recently traveled to Mumbai and Pune to discuss a dual degree certificate program with various multinational industrial giants of Indian origin or with operations in India. The presentation was followed by key meetings with companies such as Tata, Mahindra, John Deere, Bharat Forge, Kotak Bank, Marico, Motilal Oswal, TMTC, Mastek, India Steel, Orange, Godrej, Bharat Forge, MIT and BASF- We Create Chemistry.

WhatsApp Image 2017 10 27 at 12.47.25 PMThe Certificate in Operational Excellence program leverages lean thinking in problem solving, process efficiencies and waste reduction. This program aims to produce candidates who are trained in the practice of value stream management, employee inclusion in problem solving, waste reduction and innovation which results in talented leaders who can successfully guide their organizations toward operational excellence. The program involves four distinct styles of learning: classroom, distance, Gemba, —learning where the work is done — and project work that ensures learning and drives greater return on investment from the program. The first session will start on February 5, 2018, at the IIT-Bombay campus.

Ward and Chandrasekaran's engagement with various industries not only helped introduce the course to Indian industries but also fostered relationships for future collaboration in business and research. Ratnesh Bhattacharya, director, Priya Kurle, assistant director, and Manjo Garai, international corporate manager of the Ohio State India Gateway accompanied Ward and will continue engagement with industry partners.