Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management (SUPC)

From the Fortune 500 manufacturer to the small firm that produces, sells, or distributes products, all companies have a supply chain management function that must be effectively managed to be competitive. A supply chain manager is typically involved in making critical decisions about such matters as the modes of transportation used to move the company's materials and products, inventory policies, warehousing needs, customer service standards and the location of facilities.

As companies become increasingly involved in global markets as both buyers and sellers, supply chain managers play a major role not only in assessing the feasibility of international activity, but also in developing supply and distribution networks to support that involvement. The policies that these managers help formulate are major determinants of a company's success in the international arena.

The academic work in the supply chain management concentration flows from introductory courses that address the decisions outlined above through advanced study of the formulation of supply chain strategies. The program culminates in a senior seminar that not only introduces students to industry leaders in the field, but also focuses on development of individual research and presentation skills.

Because supply chain managers frequently interact with those involved in other areas of management, many students choose to complete a second concentration in another area such as marketing, finance, or international business.

In addition to finding career opportunities with manufacturers, retailers and distributors, supply chain management students may find opportunities with companies that sell supply chain services or transportation services in the marketplace. Consulting firms and government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels provide other career options.

For more information, please visit the Supply Chain and Information Management Group.