Fisher College of Business Center for Operational Excellence

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The Center for Operational Excellence is a 36-company consortium of global organizations committed to improving processes by removing waste, developing dynamic leaders, and creating a culture of continuous learning. COE members partner with Fisher by attending professional development events, accessing faculty research, and networking with students, who volunteer and participate in events. COE, in turn, sponsors a number of student organizations and helps students connect with member companies for internships and full-time positions.


IMPACT. 1: COE is one of the longest-standing outreach centers at Fisher, having been founded in 1992 with only four corporate members and championed by former Dean Joseph Alutto. -- 2. COE maintains a close relationship with Wexner Medical Center and, over the years, has consulted on initiatives and coordinated student projects in clinical and infrastructure areas. -- 3. COE works closely with Fisher's Office of Career Management and, on average, helps place 100 students in internships and full-time jobs at member companies annually.
OSU PARTNERS: Fisher College of Business; Department of Management Sciences; Department of Marketing; and Logistics
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Columbus-area COE members include: Abbott Nutrition; American Electric Power; Boehringer-Ingelheim Roxane; Cardinal Health; Grange Insurance; Greif Inc.; Honda R&D; Huntington National Bank; T. Marzetti; Mills James; Nationwide Insurance; Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.; Worthington Industries
PRIMARY CONTACT: Peg Pennington (



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