Peter Ward

Professor of Operations Management

Peter Ward

Fisher College of Business
Phone: 614-292-5294
Topics: auto, corporations

Chair, Department of Management Sciences;
Richard M. Ross Chair in Management;

Professor of Management Sciences;
Director, Center for Operational Excellence (COE)

Areas of expertise
Lean management
Continuous Improvement
Six Sigma
Operations strategy
Managing technology

DBA, Boston University
MSBA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BBA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Peter Ward is Professor of Operations Management and holds the Richard M. Ross Chair in Management at Ohio State University's Max M. Fisher College of Business, located in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Peter is also Chair of the Department of Management Sciences at Fisher College, and he is Academic Director of Fisher’s Master of Business Operational Excellence program. Peter participates frequently in executive education programs including developing several successful certificate programs in lean management. 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.

Peter is 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 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 has also been appointed the Otto Mønsted Guest Professor at the Technical University of Denmark. Peter has served as a consultant to a number of leading corporations. He currently serves on the boards of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) and the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).

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 2007 distinguished operations management scholar from the Academy of Management, Shingo Prize for research in 2004, and Fisher College’s Pacesetters Research award in 2003. He is associate editor for Journal of Operations Management and Decision Sciences Journal and senior editor for Production and Operations Management Journal. His research focuses gaining competitive advantage through operations.

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