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Peter Ward

Peter Ward

Chairman, Lean Enterprise Institute

Peter Ward is Professor of Operations Management and holds the Richard M. Ross Chair in Management at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. Peter participates frequently in executive education programs including developing several successful certificate programs in lean management. He is the founder of the Lean Education Academic Network (LEAN), a global community of university educators dedicated to teaching systems thinking in universities. Peter is founding director of Fisher’s Master of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE) program, an innovative degree program aimed at mid-career professionals involved in transforming their organizations through operational excellence.

Peter is Academic Director of the Center for Operational Excellence at Ohio State, a consortium of forty organizations 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.  Peter has served as a consultant to a number of leading corporations.  He currently serves on the boards of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), the Center for Lean Engagement and Research in Healthcare, and Catalysis.  Within Ohio State, Peter has served as chair of the Department of Management Sciences (12 years) and, more recently, Senior Associate Dean (4 years).

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, and Fisher College’s Pacesetter Research award, and the Bostic-Georges Pacesetter Award for Service.  He is a fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute. His research focuses on gaining competitive advantage through operations.

Articles by Peter Ward
Are Lean Thinking and Practice Business Strategies?
Explore the nuances of leadership and strategy with Lean Enterprise Institute Chairman Peter Ward. More »
What You Will Learn by Reflecting on Your Organization's Work-at-Home Experience
Reflecting on your work-from-home experience promises to provide needed insights about knowledge work and the routine work that accompanies it—both the work itself and its underlying processes. Here's a guide to help you get started. More »
Making Pivots Operational
Learn how NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) hospital (NYP) pivoted to meet crisis-level demands at the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic -- thanks to their existing daily management system. More »