To obtain the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management, the following 30 hours
of coursework must be completed.
Strategic Fundamentals: Strategic Integration (required)
Foundations of Supply Chain Management
Supply chain management is the integration of key business processes from end-user
through suppliers. This course focuses on the business fundamentals and core processes
that must be linked throughout the global supply chain to ensure the effective development
and delivery of products and services that satisfy customers. 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 professionals with a comprehensive
cross-functional view of demand-driven value networks.
Supply Chain Strategy and Change Management
Evaluate and select appropriate supply chain strategies, change management approaches,
and governance structures for business situations. This course leverages plan, source,
make, deliver, customer service, and new product development capabilities to meet
strategic and financial goals in demand-driven value networks.
Supply Chain Performance Management and Analytics
This course will examine standard and advanced analytical techniques used to transform
data into actionable business intelligence and students will gain hands-on experience
with these techniques. Students will gain an understanding of the practical considerations
that arise in real-world applications by means of a term project. They will gain exposure
to data science software capable of advanced predictive analytics and also through
cases, expose them to innovative ways in which firms are using analytics to improve
supply chain management processes.
Functional Expertise: Plan, Source, Make, Deliver, Enable (required)
Demand Planning and Inventory Operations
This course examines the integrated planning and management of supply chain activities
including, notably, demand forecasting and replenishment within sales & operations
planning. In addition to modeling related decisions both in within-firm and supply
chain contexts, strategic issues related to interfirm coordination and collaboration
will be discussed.
Global Procurement and Supply Management
In the global supply chain, sourcing and procurement plays a critical role in ensuring
supply, growing margins and contributing to reliable delivery to customers. This course
covers the core sourcing and procurement processes of strategic sourcing and supplier
relationship management and takes a leadership approach to those covering topics such
as change management and business alignment issues. It furthers learning by considering
how sourcing and procurement process and techniques can support progress in hot topic
areas and current challenges in the global supply chain, including digitization, supplier
enabled innovation for growth, sustainability and growing resilience in the supply
chain. Using hands-on projects and class discussions based on case studies and current
articles, students will explore how to incorporate and implement best practices and
tools covered in the course.
Achieving Operational Excellence
This course focuses on understanding the key manufacturing and service processes involved
in providing valuable products and services for customers as well as important approaches
(i.e., Lean and Six Sigma) to continuously improve these processes. Once improvements
are identified, project management skills are needed to develop new, innovative competencies
in supply chains. Learners will leave this course with skills necessary to continuously
improve the key manufacturing and service processes involved in providing valuable
products and services to customers, as well as the agile project management competencies
necessary to embed new, innovative capabilities in their supply chains.
Customer Service and Distribution Management
This course focuses on ‘deliver’ in the plan, source, make, deliver framework. It
is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the customer service
and delivery processes needed to drive demand-driven value networks. The emphasis
of this course will focus on systemic alignment across the functional capabilities
of customer fulfillment service quality, transportation, distribution and return capabilities
across the supply chain, with a specific emphasis on governance, performance management
and the integration of advanced technologies.
Technology-enabled Supply Chain Design and Optimization
This course focuses on supply chain network design and the established and emerging
digital technologies 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 design digital solutions that optimize supply chain
performance considering costs, constraints and structure. The course is a combination
of industry projects, development of working knowledge of supply chain technologies,
and supply chain optimization case studies (network-level planning, sourcing, producing,
Emerging Enablers: Financial, Resilience, Sustainability (choose electives)
Supply Chain Financial Management
This course addresses the question of how to make the “best” supply chain decisions
that result in the optimum operational and financial results. This course examines
the supply chain value proposition by understanding and applying the goals of maximizing
operating income and optimizing capital efficiency and the larger financial metric
of Return on Capital Employed (ROCE). Supply chain decisions, activities and investments
affect the financial results of the business organization. It is essential that the
supply chain professional has an understanding of how supply chain performance is
reflected in financial reporting, both internally (within the company) and externally
(to outside parties such as investors and creditors, and importantly ESG).
Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Explores key sustainability concepts across supply chain functions of supply management,
operations, and distribution. Course topics include values-based leadership, globalizing
sustainability, marketing sustainability, voluntary product standards and governance,
stakeholder engagement, reverse logistics, humanitarian logistics, and transportation.
Overall, we will consider the feasibility and role of firms in producing sustainability
in global supply chains. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing and Departmental Consent.
Supply Chain Risk, Disruption, and Resilience
Properly addressing risks and facing possible disruptions are of primary importance
to supply chains. With the wake of high consequence disruptive events and the constantly
changing political and technological landscapes, risk identification and disruption
response activities have become ever more critical. This course is designed to provide
students with a broad understanding of the fundamentals of Organizational Resilience,
Business Continuity, and Risk Management. The course focuses on methodologies for
assessing threats which may lead to disastrous events, evaluating control alternatives
and implementing strategies. The course discusses concepts and solutions to enable
an organization to mitigate risk, manage crisis and recover after a disaster.
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