What is supply chain management?

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What is Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management is the coordination and integration of end-to-end business activities:

  • procuring materials and services
  • transforming them into products or services that respond to market demands
  • and delivering them to customers

Success requires developing relationships with partners, managing flows of information and materials, and having keen insight into cash flow and profitability.

Increased competitive pressures, the global environment, sophisticated customers, fast-changing markets, and technological innovations influence organizations to explore their interactions with trading partners for sources of competitive distinction.

Supply Chain Management Program Mission

Deliver student-focused and technology-driven pedagogy and content that meet and exceed the expectations of employers, professional SCM societies, and the academic discipline so graduates will be able to:

  • Manage supply chain resources, processes, and relationships to ensure effective and efficient satisfaction of each participant’s value proposition.
  • Integrate, synchronize, and manage the flows of materials, services, information, and capital from basic producers through the supply chain to end users.
  • Implement best practices consistent with supply chain principles and supported by analysis of critical metrics.
  • Apply decision-making processes using real-time analysis of data derived from enterprise systems to resolve supply chain weaknesses.
  • Lead within the cross-functional and inter-organizational reality of modern supply chains.
  • Compete for in-demand supply chain careers in global business environments.

Supply Chain Management Major (B.S.B.A)

The Supply Chain Management major is an interdisciplinary business curriculum whose core and elective courses respond, by their design and delivery, to today’s competitive pressures, global environments, sophisticated customers, fast-changing markets, technological innovations, and sustainability challenges. The program prepares students for high-growth occupations, emphasizes collaboration, and integrates professional standards. This program cultivates relationships with senior management of regional, national, and international businesses to offer students experiential opportunities that enhance learning and help students become “work ready” upon graduation. Dedicated faculty having both academic and professional qualifications collaborate to ensure a fully integrated, technology-rich, dynamic curriculum delivered using best teaching practices.

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Supply Chain Management Minor

The supply chain encompasses activities associated with the sourcing, creation, and delivery of products and services. For any business, doing these in the most effective and efficient way is critical, but few accomplish this on their own. Instead, businesses establish networks of partners to form supply chains. SCM is the discipline that manages the linkages between external partners and internal functions to optimize the flow of products, services, information, and money. Changes in practices such as reliance on information technology, just-in-time inventory systems, global sourcing, demand-driven strategies, and environmental sustainability initiatives combined with an environment that features greater market volatility and risks have made supply chains more complex and more strategically important. No matter how a company chooses to satisfy its customers and achieve financial objectives, the supply chain is a potent strategic resource to help it deliver more value, lower costs, and faster, more agile responses in the face of steady change.

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