Supply Chain Management

Today’s supply chain management industry requires professionals who can integrate and optimize all the steps required to produce the right amount of the right product or service and deliver it to the end user at the right time. The interdisciplinary role of supply chain management spans logistics, distribution, purchasing, manufacturing, inventory management, marketing, and product development. It involves diverse skills and knowledge, along with multicultural and global perspectives.

Overview

A focus on Supply Chain Management – managing the processes involved in the creation of any product or service, from raw materials to the final customer and after sale – within the Jenkins MBA Program means students must prepare for an interdisciplinary education that will require thorough analytical skills.

They’ll come to understand the components of the process, including flow of information, financial flow, coordination with marketing functions to match demand, and so on – essentially coming away with an understanding of each department within an industry in order to be successful.

Regular interaction with real-world companies is key, including meeting with company representatives, mock interviews, and presentations as conferences. The largest culminating event is the SCRC Gallery Walk, where supply chain professionals from more than 20 companies gather. There, students studying supply chain management have the opportunity to present research findings, as recruiters and the public have the opportunity to see the innovative solutions that students have developed through practicum and other applied learning projects. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to share their industry experience with future employers, since all students focusing on supply chain management take part in a practicum experience.

Students come away with a full understanding of supply chain management, from how to organize sourcing processes, to how to negotiate contracts, evaluate options, analyze a process, service or production process, and how to design and deliver a network. Analytics are key, as students learn how to approach complicate situations in the supply chain process and make decisions for success.

Operations and supply chain management are the core of everything in business.

Seb Heese, professor of supply chain management

Due to the interdisciplinary nature, graduates who focus on supply chain management may go into traditional roles such as supply chain analyst and project manager positions, but find that they can quickly advance to management roles. Their deep understanding of how all of the departments within an organization tie together, as well as the analytical skills and people skills they’ve gained are all talents that lend themselves to leadership. They can progress to COO and even CEO roles, Heese points out, because the COO must understand the company and its functions, later making him or her a natural fit for CEO.

Curriculum

Full-time MBA Concentration

Required
MBA 549: Supply Chain Practicum (3hrs) *P
Electives (Select three from the following)
MBA 541: Supply Management (3hrs)
MBA 542: Supply Chain Logistics (3hrs)
MBA 543: Planning and Control Systems (3hrs)
MBA 545: Decision Making Under Uncertainty (3hrs)
(formerly MBA 590: Decision Modeling and Analytics)
MBA 553: Business Process Design and Analysis (3hrs)
MBA 590: Analytical Supply Chain Management (3hrs)
MBA 590: Healthcare Supply Chain Analytics (3hrs)
MBA 590: Operations Analysis (3hrs)
MBA 590: Strategic Operations Management (3hrs)

Practicum courses are marked with *P

Professional MBA Area of Emphasis

Electives
MBA 541: Supply Management (3hrs)
MBA 542: Supply Chain Logistics (3hrs)
MBA 543: Planning and Control Systems (3hrs)
MBA 553: Business Process Design and Analysis (3hrs)
MBA 545: Decision Making Under Uncertainty (3hrs)
(formerly MBA 590: Decision Modeling and Analytics)
MBA 590: Analytical Supply Chain Management (3hrs)
MBA 590: Healthcare Supply Chain Analytics (3hrs)
MBA 590: Operations Analysis (3hrs)
MBA 590: Strategic Operations Management (3hrs)
Practicum
MBA 549: Supply Chain Practicum (3hrs) *P

Student Insight

A Day in the Life: Lindsay Schilleman, MBA’17

Lindsay Schilleman is a 2017 NC State Jenkins MBA alumna and Supply Chain Analyst at VF Corp. Lindsay shares her thoughts and experiences on choosing supply chain as a field of study at NC State, the perks of working in supply chain, and what’s necessary to be successful in her field.

Supply Chain Resource Cooperative

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) provides resources to support the efforts of students, faculty, and professionals with focused, concise, and unbiased information on supply chain management topics. Supply chain professionals focus on improving performance of their company supply chains and help define student projects that will improve their supply chain processes. As our students and faculty research and document emerging issues, they disseminate this knowledge to our participating companies for the advancement of the industry.

Vision

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative is built on ongoing interaction between students, faculty, and company participants in class projects, internships, and focused research that address real industry needs.

Mission

  • To be an information tool for busy SCM professionals
  • To cover topics of practical interest
  • To identify and report on emerging issues
  • To provide a digest of advancements in the field

Through the SCRC, valuable information is created, documented and distributed through its website, member meetings, and other industry channels to enhance and advance the practice of supply chain management in business today.