OPERATNS 828 - Supply Chain Management

Course Description

A supply chain is a network of organizations that are involved in the different processes and activities that produce value in the form of products and services.  Increased competition, expanding product variety and more demanding consumers require more efficient supply chains.  Supply chain management is an essential competitive tool.  Innovations arise from three main sources: application of information technology; reconfiguration of the supply chain network; and modification of incentives.  Effective supply chain management can enable companies to increase market shares, reduce costs, and improve customer service.

In this course, we will introduce main concepts, best practices, and key strategies of supply chain management.  We will address the following specific issues:

Operations management students and students interested in a consulting career will find this course particularly relevant. Marketing students directed towards brand management or channel management will find this course complementary to their interests. Other students may appreciate the course's timely and interesting material.

This course, as a more advanced version of the core Operations Management course, is NOT more quantitative than the basic course on Operations Management.  Instead, it just has a broader treatment of the more complex factors that drive the effectiveness of supply chain management.  This course will have case discussions, lectures, and guest speakers from various industries.