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Operations and Supply Chain Management

Operations and supply chain management has been a recent focus of activity as many firms are looking for graduates with the right mix of analytical skills, understanding of information technology, and supply chain management knowledge who can help with the planning and execution of supply chain reengineering processes. Such processes frequently result as part of major supply chain software system implementation projects or strategic sourcing and global logistics network redesign projects.

The intention of this platform is to provide the right mix of skills to our graduates in order for them to qualify for supply chain management and consulting jobs. Large scale technology and supply chain reengineering projects account for the majority of billed consulting hours and represent the bread-and-butter of major consulting firms. Strategy aspects of consulting projects are also attractive.

Thus, many of our graduates, either in combination with the Strategy Consulting Concentration (under the Consulting and General Management Platform) or as a stand-alone undertaking, will find this platform appealing. The depth of coverage and the development of analytical skills, in combination with the emphasized practical component and project implementation skill building, clearly differentiate it.

Fast-changing consumer demand, the Internet, digital technology, growing competitive pressures, and globalization create new opportunities and challenges on how firms can efficiently deliver the right product to the right place at the right time. Practitioners have responded to drastic market changes through innovative strategies such as supply chain redesign. These challenges have also attracted academic attention and inspired new supply chain research.

This platform will provide students with state-of-the-art knowledge, industry language, and the skill set necessary for successful careers as a:

  • Consultant
  • Product/Process Manager
  • Consulting Engagement Manager
  • Project/Program Manager
  • COO
  • CEO

Download PDF of Operations and Supply Chain Management foundation courses and concentrations.

  • Operations and Supply Chain Platform Director: Sergio Chayet, Senior Lecturer in Operations and Manufacturing Management
  • WCC Career Advisor: Brad McLeod and Keith Wigington
  • MBA Programs Liaison: Jan Snow
  • Olin Club: Supply Chain and Operations Club
  • Credit Requirements: 20 or 21.5 credits (9.5 foundation credits, 9 concentration credits, and at least one experiential learning component for an additional 1.5 or 3 credits)