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Professor Terry Harrison Selected to Lead Smeal College of Business Sustainability Efforts

Terry Harrison, professor of supply chain and information systems, has been selected to lead the Penn State Smeal College of Business sustainability initiative. The main focus of the sustainability program is to bring challenges into discussion through cross-functional outlets such as teaching, research, outreach, and operations.

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Penn State Ranked #1 Among the Best Online Master in Supply Chain Management Degree Programs

Penn State World Campus’s online M.P.S. in Supply Chain Management has been ranked #1 by TheBestSchools.org.

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Why Aren't Consumers Buying Remanufactured Products?

Firms looking to increase market share of remanufactured consumer products will have to overcome a big barrier to do so, according to a recent study from the Penn State Smeal College of Business. Findings from faculty members Meg Meloy and V. Daniel R. Guide, Jr., indicate that consumers perceive many categories of remanufactured products as dirty and disgusting.

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CSCR Research Director Weighs in on the "Future of Business: Supply Chain"

Christopher Craighead, research director for the Center for Supply Chain Research and Rothkopf Professor and associate professor of Supply Chain Management in the Supply Chain and Information Systems department, weighs in on a study by The Economist Intelligence Unit on the use of data and analytics to significantly improve supply chain connectivity and agility.

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CSCR Sponsors and Recruiters Named in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

The Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) would like to congratulate all the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25.  We are especially pleased to report that we have involvement with over half of the Top 25 through CSCR sponsorship and/or recruitment activities with Smeal College of Business graduate and undergraduate supply chain students.

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Collaboration with Industry Shapes 25 Years of Center for Supply Chain Research

The Penn State Smeal College of Business Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) celebrated its 25th anniversary at its spring 2014 Corporate Sponsor meeting, held at the end of April at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

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Smeal Professor Balances Supply and Demand with Honors Program

Robert Novack, an associate professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems in the Smeal College of Business and associate director of the Center for Supply Chain Research, recently completed his first year as a member of the Schreyer Honors College's Distinguished Honors Faculty Program (DHFP). DHFP introduces Schreyer Scholars from across the University to participating faculty members' interests and expertise.

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Erb Receives 2014 Pashek Award

Pamela Erb, the vice president of Supply Chain for Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., received the 2014 Pashek Award at the 24th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium held on April 24th at University Park, Pennsylvania.

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Smeal's Center for Supply Chain Research Names Next Executive Director

On Aug. 1, Steve Tracey will become the next executive director of the Penn State Smeal College of Business Center for Supply Chain Research. As executive director, Tracey will lead the vision and strategy for the center and serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for supply chain activities at Penn State.

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Early Career Professorship Honoring John Coyle Will Support Faculty Recruitment

In honor of Professor John Coyle, an anonymous donor has committed a gift of $334,000 to establish the Dr. John Coyle Early Career Professorship in Supply Chain. Coyle is currently professor emeritus of business administration and director of corporate sponsors for the Center for Supply Chain Research. The Penn State Faculty Endowment Challenge has agreed to match funds, making it worth a total of $500,000.

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CSCR Announces New Faculty Affiliates (Spring 2014)

CSCR is pleased to announced four new faculty affiliates for Spring 2014.  Matthew Davis, Jason Acimovic, Christopher Parker, and Aydin Alptekinoglu will be joining the team.  The role of faculty affiliates are to provide support to the Center for Supply Chain Research in various areas such as distribution, warehousing, transportation, procurement and supply, customer service, systems modeling, logistics, information systems, and more.

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Penn State Supply Chain Education Highly Ranked

Smeal College of Business Supply Chain Education has been ranked #3 according to a recent article in last year’s Chief Supply Chain Officer Report.

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Penn State Names New President

The 18th president of Penn State has been named by the University's Board of Trustees. Eric J. Barron, a former dean at Penn State and current leader of Florida State University, will begin as Penn State's next president on May 12, 2014.

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The 24th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium

The 24th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium, Innovative Logistics – The Supply Chain Strategy Enabler, will be held on April 24th, 2014, at The Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park, PA.

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Supply Chain Alum Wins “2014 Distinguished Alumni Award”

Karen Quintos, Dell Chief Marketing Officer, has been selected as one of eight to receive the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Karen holds a master’s degree in marketing and international business from New York University and a bachelor of science in supply chain management from Penn State University.

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CSCR Announces New Corporate Sponsors (Spring 2014)

CSCR is very pleased to announce that nine new Corporate Sponsors have joined the CSCR family.  We are grateful for their support and look forward to their participation in shaping CSCR’s future.

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Terry Harrison Says Results-driven Procurement Requires Strategic Reevaluation

In an effort to take control over sustainability and social innovation in the Smeal College of Business, Professor Terry Harrison and students began working with the institution’s procurement services departments to get hands-on experience in implementing sustainable, cost- effective sourcing practices while also promoting green logistics within the university.

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John Jordan Delivers Address At TEDxPSU

On Sunday, March 2nd, TEDxPSU, the Penn State chapter of TED talks, one of the largest non-profit conferences in the country, welcomed 14 speakers to its “Go Further ” conference.

John M. Jordan, Clinical Professor, Department of Supply Chain and Management and Information Systems at Penn State, was one of the 14 featured speakers.

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"The Perfect Storm?"

Recently, the Supply Chain Management Review published an article called, "The Perfect Storm."

Authors, Kusumal Ruamsook, Research Associate at CSCR and Christopher Craighead, Director of Research at CSCR came together to discuss how they believe that a supply chain talent perfect storm could be in the offing.

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