University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Supply Chain Courses

Be Prepared for careers in manufacturing, sourcing, planning, logistics, distribution, and new product introduction. Learn a systems approach to sustainably managing the flow of materials into and through a firm to its customers by applying analytical, technological, and managerial skills.

Supply Chain Courses

SCMT 2103. Integrated Supply Chain Management.
3 Hours

An introduction to integrated supply chain management. Core capabilities in plan, source, make, deliver, service/customer management, new product design & launch, strategy, governance, project management, performance management, technology enablement, and supply chain finance are explored to provide students with a comprehensive cross-functional view of demand-driven value networks.

The focus of the course will be to learn and integrate the following topics:

  • Demand-Driven Supply Chain & Competition
  • Customer Value, Customer Fulfillment & Service, and Customer Segmentation
  • SC Analytics & Performance Measurement / Finance
  • PLAN: Balancing Supply & Demand:
    • Forecasting / Demand Management
    • Inventory / Capacity / Operations Management
    • Sales & Operations Planning / Integrated Business Planning
    • Supply Chain Planning for New Product Introduction
  • MAKE: Manufacturing, Service, Operations, and Process Management
  • SOURCE: Sourcing, Procurement, & Supply Management
  • DELIVER: Logistics, Distribution, and Transportation Management
  • Agile & Responsive Supply Chains
  • Supply Chain Technologies and Innovations
  • International & Global Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Risk & Sustainability

Prerequisite: ACCT 2013 and WCOB 1033 each with a grade of C or better.

SCMT 3623. PLAN: Inventory and Forecasting Analytics.
3 Hours

Supply Chain Planning drives collaboration across teams that create and/or are users of inventory and forecasting management decisions. These teams cut across R&D, NPD, marketing, engineering, manufacturing, sales, customer service, sourcing, finance, and numerous governance activities.

Emphasis on aligning strategy, planning, and execution of forecasting and inventory into demand management, factory scheduling, distribution and supply planning, production capacity planning, sales & operations planning, integrated business planning, and enabling planning technologies.

In this course, coverage of the inventory specifically focuses on inventory control methods for stochastic demand and lead times. Besides a review of the associated theoretical bases, the implementation of such policies in Excel is a central component of the course, along with exposure to planning using the top digital planning technologies.

Forecasting topics covered in this course include a review of a variety of forecasting techniques and forecast error measurement. Moreover, the linkage between forecasting and inventory control is discussed within the overall sales and operations planning (S&OP) process.

As with inventory control, students will learn how to implement various forecasting techniques in Excel.

Prerequisite: ((ECON 2013 and ECON 2023) or ECON 2143) and SCMT 2103 with a grade of C or better.

SCMT 3613. SOURCE: Procurement and Supply Management.
3 Hours

This course covers the critical sourcing and procurement processes that support strategic sourcing, source to pay, and supplier relationship management. It covers innovative efforts to grow sourcing contribution to demand-driven supply chain integration, including supply chain finance, environmental and social sustainability, technology, and risk management.

Projects include industry-based data-intense analytics, visualization, and decision-making using the latest supply chain technologies and software. Emphasis is on strategic and tactical integration of sourcing/procurement with supply chain planning, manufacturing and production, logistics, and new product development and launch.

Prerequisite: ((ECON 2013 and ECON 2023) or ECON 2143) and SCMT 2103 with a grade of C or better.)

SCMT 3663. MAKE: Supply Chain Operations & Process Improvement.
3 Hours

The course focuses on the fundamental concepts, techniques, and tools for managing manufacturing production and improving business processes across the supply chain, in both manufacturing and service contexts.

Topics include history of manufacturing systems, design of different manufacturing, planning and control problems encountered in manufacturing, factory measurements and dynamics, variability, product-process portfolio matrix, push and pull production systems, capacity management, production execution technologies, and differences and similarities in manufacturing and service operations.

Student industry-based projects involve gaining the vision, deeply understanding the current situation by collecting qualitative and quantitative data, experimenting towards the challenge through tools and techniques from operations management, and practicing change management principles.

Philosophies, principles, approaches, and techniques students will learn and experience in this course include lean, total quality management, theory of constraints, practical scientific thinking, and Toyota kata.

Prerequisite: SCMT 2103 with a grade of C or better.

SCMT 3443. DELIVER: Transportation and Distribution Management.
3 Hours

Management of functional delivery and customer service capabilities in demand-driven value networks. Emphases on aligning the delivery and return interfaces with enabling capabilities such as governance, performance management, analytics, and technology enablement.

It covers domestic and international transportation modes, costing and pricing, negotiations, lane/network analyses, transportation government regulations and public policies, warehouse/distribution center operations, design, and functionality, receiving, stocking & restocking, picking, packaging, and packing, order fulfillment, and reverse logistics and value-added remanufacturing services to improve economic, environmental, and social triple-bottom line performance.

Live industry applied projects involve advanced Excel, Access, Power BI, along with commonly used routing & scheduling, online freight-matching tools, and distribution center management software tools.

Students will be exposed to common logistics management systems, such as JDA, Oracle, and SAP.

Prerequisite: ((ECON 2013 and ECON 2023) or ECON 2143) and SCMT 2103 with a grade of C or better.

SCMT 3633. Supply Chain Service and Customer Management.
3 Hours

Management of supply chain fulfillment service quality, relationships, and customer segmentation in demand-driven value networks to provide customer experiences that are seamless. An increasing emphasis is on understanding and utilizing customer-enabling technological advancements, particularly artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, digital twins, and blockchain to design and execute customer-centric supply chains.

Students will learn how to leverage supply chain expertise to enhance customer experience strategy and the corresponding enabling digital technologies to empower customer-facing personnel. Analyzing customer data from industry partners, students apply data analytics and data visualization to assess and recommend improvements that are applicable across functional interfaces.

These applied projects focus on performance measurement and integration opportunities for boundary spanning supply chain professionals with emphasis on co-creation of value with the customer and the measurement, improvement and personalization of the many aspects of the customer experience.

Prerequisite: SCMT 3613.

SCMT 3653. Project Management: Supply Chain New Product Development and Launch.
3 Hours

Applies principles and tools of project management to supply chain industry projects in the new product development launch process to ensure alignment with supply chain processes.

Industry-connected experiential learning in collaborative team settings facilitate new product development and launch solutions to demand-driven value network problems. Industry partners provide student teams with projects to manage that involve the design and launch of new products, including product design for manufacturing, distribution, and packaging, supply chain planning for new product introductions with short or long product life cycles, integration with sales & operations planning processes, product pipeline management, supply adaptability to demand volatility, and financial justification, operational feasibility, costing, quality, and service measurement of new product introductions.

Prerequisite: (ECON 2013 and ECON 2023) or ECON 2143.

SCMT 4653 Supply Chain Strategy and Change Management
3 Hours

Evaluate and select appropriate supply chain strategies and change management approaches for business situations. This capstone course leverages plan, source, make, deliver, customer service, and new product development capabilities to meet strategic and financial goals in demand-driven value networks.

Students will learn about supply chain management principles through readings, discussion, and experiential learning activities. Multiple team projects come directly from industry will be used to enable students to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the integrated supply chain management program.

Analytical problem solving will be required and team members will need to discuss potential solutions and make recommendations to external stakeholders.

After completing the course, students should be able to assess a firm and develop an appropriate supply chain strategy, and evaluate, select, and utilize capabilities that reduce supply or demand uncertainty.

Prerequisite: SCMT 3443 and SCMT 3613 and SCMT3623.

CMT 4633 Supply Chain Performance Management and Analytics.
3 Hours

Integrates the strategic directives and successful execution by using supply chain performance management and analytics to drive supply chains from end-to-end. Examines and applies data analytics and visualization tools to better manage conflicting supply chain objectives and trade-offs to drive towards integrated supply chain metrics.

Students learn to assess supply chain decisions against fundamental financial, accounting, behavioral, strategic, and sustainability metrics of the business. They also learn the language and techniques of business analytics that support making solid, information-based decisions to align with these supply chain metrics.

Modern supply chains are data-driven, so managers have to understand the different classes of analytics (descriptive, predictive, and discovery) that lead to prescriptive actions. Students need to become fluent in the languages of tools such as Excel, Power BI, Tableau and SQL. To achieve proficiency in these data-driven analysis and visualization tools, the students apply what they learn in the class to three supply chain projects that forces students to manage the trade-offs across supply chain planning, new product introduction, sourcing and procurement, manufacturing production, and delivery activities.

The assignments are designed to encourage the students to 1) critically think, 2) design and practice communication for a quantitative project, and 3) practice applying supply chain management metrics, analytical techniques, and tools to assess, design, and manage integrated supply chain performance.

Prerequisite: SCMT 3443.

SCMT 4103.002. Project Management: Supply Chain Technology Implementation

Applies principles and tools of project management to supply chain industry projects for innovation and technology enablement in manufacturing and service operations, sourcing and procurement, logistics, distribution and customer fulfillment, new product introduction and launch, and integrated supply chain planning processes within and across companies.

Working closely with industry partners, experiential learning in collaborative team settings facilitate development of innovative technology solutions to demand-driven value network problems. Students will learn how to collaborate with IT professionals to align the digital global business with the digital supply chain.

Students will learn to examine how emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital twins, robotics, and blockchain will affect their business, analyze and present the business case of such technologies, and decide where and how to invest.

SCMT 3103 Supply Chain Management Internship.
3 Hours

This class is designed to give students an internship opportunity to combine their formal academic preparation with an exposure to the supply chain profession. Prerequisite: Department consent, completed the pre-business core, already obtained at least 60 hours of credit, and have completed SCMT 2103 with a grade of C or better. The Supply Chain Internship Program is an academic program that requires students to gain degree-related experience prior to graduation.

It is a planned, progressive educational strategy in which the supply chain knowledge gained is equal to or greater than the knowledge gained in a traditional classroom setting. In additional to the educational experience, many internships subsequently result in full-time offers from the internship provider.The Supply Chain Department considers your internship to be an integral part of your overall University Experience.

As a result, you will also be expected to share insights from your internship to future students.

Participating students earn 3 academic credit hours for their internship program experience. After completing an approved internship, student outcomes should include:

  1. An enhanced and/or expanded knowledge of a particular industry or area of supply chain management practice.
  2. Awareness and development of specific employer-valued skills and workplace behaviors.
  3. An ability to apply prior coursework content to actual industry problems.

SCMT 4103.001. Supply Chain Design and Optimization.
3 Hours

This course focuses on supply chain network design and the underlying strategies needed to manage a supply chain as business conditions change and evolve.

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with design thinking skills that they can employ to reach design solutions that recognize constraints and tradeoffs. The course is a combination of lecture and supply chain optimization case studies (planning, network, new product introduction, manufacturing, logistics, sourcing)using data from industry partners. Students will be able to explain the concepts of supply chain strategy and design, understand design thinking, application of constraints and identifying resultant trade-offs, understand basic design: process(scope, data, model, analysis, decide) and understand key metricssuch as supply chain network, finance, operations, sustainability, risk, and be able to utilize supply chain design software (Llamasoft).

SCMT 3643. International Logistics.
3 Hours

Supply chain activities in international business with special emphasis on international sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution channels, international transportation, import and export procedures, international sale and payment terms, and documentation.

Special emphasis is placed on current events and their effect on the management of operations of U.S.-based organizations.

Prerequisite: ((ECON 2013 and ECON 2023), or ECON 2143) and SCMT 2103 with a grade of C or better.

SCMT 4103.003. Supply Chain Analytics to Action.
3 Hours

Too many real-world supply chain projects fail after the analytics is complete because of failure to provide compelling evidence for change. This course will explore effective visualization and communication strategies toguide decision makers from analysis to action. We will make use of some supply chain analytic tools (simulation, facility-location optimization, forecasting, inventory models, manufacturing production and capacity management) and basic coding in R and Python.

We will experientially learn in this course through application with industry data. This is primarily a hands-on course for building and presenting visualizations of the analytic results in line with what we know about human graphical perception.

SCMT 4123. Sustainable Supply Chain Management.
3 Hours

Explores key sustainability concepts across supply chain functions of manufacturing, sourcing/procurement, service operations, logistics, distribution, new product development, launch, and recovery, and the planning processes to balance supply and demand.

Course topics include values-based leadership, globalizing sustainability, marketing sustainability, voluntary product standards and governance, stakeholder engagement, reverse logistics, humanitarian logistics, sustainable manufacturing, ethical sourcing, risk management, transparency and traceability, resource scarcity, safety, carbon emissions, and human rights issues.

The triple-bottom line perspective is adopted, considering economic, environmental, and social sustainability behaviors and outcomes. Overall, we will consider the feasibility and role of firms in producing sustainability in global supply chains.

SCMT 4103.004. Manufacturing in Supply Chain Management.
3 Hours

The course covers and applies advanced principles, techniques, and tools for managing manufacturing production. Working closely with local manufacturing plants, students dive into Factory Physics and its application within the four walls of the manufacturing firm and its implications across the broader supply chain.

Emphasis is given both to application of various production processes within manufacturing, and to quantitative analysis of problems arising in the management of operations.Topics include historical manufacturing system sand evolution to modern manufacturing systems, flexible manufacturing systems, additive manufacturing, disruptive innovation in manufacturing, IoTin manufacturing, digital manufacturing, facility and work design, operations scheduling and sequencing, waiting and queues, capacity pooling, production line management, manufacturing planning systems, and project management in manufacturing settings.

Students will learn to identify the components of process and flow variability, how to measure these, and how to use models to predict their influence on manufacturing system performance. Students will learn the key parameters and performance measures of manufacturing systems.

Prerequisite: SCMT 3663. MAKE: Supply Chain Operations & Process Improvement.

SCMT 2103H. Honors Integrated Supply Chain Management.
3 Hours

An introduction to integrated supply chain management. Core capabilities in plan, source, make, deliver, service/customer management, new product design & launch, strategy, governance, project management, performance management, technology enablement, and supply chain finance are explored to provide students with a comprehensive cross-functional view of demand-driven value networks.

The focus of the course will be to learn and integrate the following topics:

  • Demand-Driven Supply Chain & Competition
  • Customer Value, Customer Fulfillment & Service, and Customer Segmentation
  • SC Analytics & Performance Measurement / Finance
  • PLAN: Balancing Supply & Demand:
    • Forecasting / Demand Management
    • Inventory / Capacity / Operations Management
    • Sales & Operations Planning / Integrated Business Planning
    • Supply Chain Planning for New Product Introduction
  • MAKE: Manufacturing, Service, Operations, and Process Management
  • SOURCE: Sourcing, Procurement, & Supply Management
  • DELIVER: Logistics, Distribution, and Transportation Management
  • Agile & Responsive Supply Chains
  • Supply Chain Technologies and Innovations
  • International & Global Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Risk & Sustainability

Prerequisite: ACCT 2013 and WCOB 1033 each with a grade of C or better. This course is equivalent to SCMT 2103.

SCMT 4003H. Honors Supply Chain Management Colloquium.
3 Hours

Explores events, concepts and/or new developments in the field of Supply Chain Management. Prerequisite: Junior standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

SCMT 466V. Independent Study in Supply Chain Management.
1-3 Hours

Permits students to explore selected topics in supply chain management, demand and supply planning, manufacturing, sourcing, logistics, new product introduction, project management.

SCMT 4853. Cross-Sector Collaboration for Sustainability.
3 Hours

This course explores how organizations in the three sectors of society work together in value creation by addressing social and environmental problems manifest in global supply chains. Focusing on business and nonprofit organizations, we investigate the forces that bring about and influence these collaborations from practical and theoretical perspectives.

Prerequisite: Junior Standing.

SCMT 4103.005 Supply Chain Leadership.
3 Hours

A capstone, integrative, case course in supply chain management leadership. Students participate in an Executive-in-Residence program that provides interaction with top-level supply chain management executives.

The focus of this course will be executive viewpoints in the field of supply chain management, particularly as it relates to skill development and leadership growth. Approximately once a week, an executive will speak with the students on a topic of his or her choice.

The growth of supply chain management throughout industry has led to an equivalent growth in the need for skills and leadership capabilities for supply chain professionals. These new leaders in industry have unique insights into various supply chain management issues.

The purpose of the course is to help students identify not only the current issues of the industry, but also gather various viewpoints about the topics and better understand how to lead change in today’s supply chains.

Prerequisite: Junior Standing.

Supply Chain Electives

In addition to the required courses, supply chain management students have the opportunity to take the following electives, depending on specific supply chain career interests:

SCMT 4123
Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management
SCMT 466V
Independent Study in Supply Chain Management (Sp, Fa)
SCMT 4853
Cross-Sector Collaboration for Sustainability (Sp)
ECON 4633
International Trade (Sp, Fa)
ECON 4643
International Macroeconomics and Finance (Sp, Fa)
FINN 3703
International Finance (Sp, Su, Fa)
ISYS 2263
Principles of Information Systems (Sp, Fa)
ISYS 3293
Systems Analysis and Design (Sp, Fa)
ISYS 4213
ERP Fundamentals (Sp, Fa)
ISYS 4243
Current Topics in Computer Information
ISYS 4293
Business Intelligence (Sp)
MGMT 4583
International Management (Sp, Fa)
MKTG 3633
Marketing Research (Sp, Fa)
MKTG 4343
Selling and Sales Management (Sp, Fa)
MKTG 4433
Retail Strategy (Sp, Fa)
MKTG 4633
Global Marketing (Sp, Fa)
SCMT 3633
Behavioral Supply Chain Management
SCMT 4003H
  Honors Supply Chain Management Colloquium