The 2013 COER Conference will be held on May 15-16, 2013.
Consortium for Operational Excellence in Retailing (COER) is focused on advancing retail operations from a combined academic and business perspective. We hold an annual conference in May, alternating between Harvard Business School and The Wharton School, where we present cutting edge academic research for participants to exchange ideas, thoughts, and challenges. COER attracts companies and academics from various parts of the world - at the 2010 COER conference for example, participating companies were drawn from 8 countries, Argentina, China, Great Britain, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and the United States.
COER began as the Harvard/Wharton Merchandising Effectiveness Project in 1996, started by Marshall Fisher of The Wharton School and Ananth Raman of Harvard Business School. The academics in COER have published dozens of papers in leading journals and many case studies that are taught at top business school. The work produced by COER was summarized recently by Fisher and Raman in the book "The New Science of Retailing," Harvard Business School Press. COER has facilitated the work of numerous doctoral students, many of whom currently are on the faculties of leading business schools.
COER grew out of the understanding that while the retail industry now has the analytical tools to make merchandising more effective, there are still many areas where academia can help to push the retail industry forward from an operational perspective. We welcome any companies that would be interested in joining our efforts (participants at our annual conferences, beta site for a research study, etc.); please contact Anna C. Sheen at email@example.com.