MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES IN SUPPLY CHAIN

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Second Year Courses

The following courses represent the typical course sequence and schedule for your second year.

SCM 897C (840): Supply Chain Project Management, Fall Semester (4 credits)

Manufacturing and service operations strategy plays a vital role in the success of all supply chains. The objectives of the course are to help students understand (a) the value of strategic operations management in the ‘Make’ portion of the supply chain, including how operations interfaces with ‘Source’ and ‘Deliver’ and (b) the proper use of manufacturing strategy in the development and improvement of business processes to build a competitive supply chain advantage. The objectives of the course are accomplished by studying problems, tools, and cases covering (1) manufacturing strategy; (2) process design and control; (3) process improvement through project management, six sigma, and lean techniques; and (4) capacity, scheduling, and location planning.

SCM 594: Professional Paper, (1 credit in each of the Fall, Spring, Summer semesters)

During this three-semester sequence each student will develop a research proposal, conduct an inquiry and write a report to include finding, conclusions and recommendations.  Students are encouraged to develop a research topic in consultation with senior managers in their place of employment. A faculty member will advise each student through the research and writing process and evaluate the quality of interim and final products for rigor, completeness and clarity, students enroll in this course for one credit each semester of their second year of study.

SCM 850: Supply Chain Design and Strategy, Spring Semester (4 credits)

The focus of this course is the strategic design of supply chain networks. The course provides an examination of (1) the role of supply chain network design within the context of the firm’s competitive strategy, (2) alternative supply chain designs and the factors that influence network design decisions, (3) a framework for the network design process, and (4) the principal models and techniques used for the design of supply chain networks.

SCM 860: Supply Chain Transformation and Innovation, Summer Semester (4 credits)

This course focuses on strategic supply chain transformation, innovation, and organizational change. The course examines current issues and best practices with respect to supply chain strategy; value creation through design and redesign of supply chain capabilities; transformational outsourcing; supply chain role in new product design, development, and market introduction; technology adoption; and change management. Supply chain transformation initiatives offer firms great potential for improving profitability and competitive positioning, both within the market and within the supply chain. Because sustainable competitive advantage is not found in one set of supply chain capabilities, strategic transformations must constantly assemble and reassemble the key capabilities that give the firm and its supply chain successive temporary advantages. This assembling or redesigning of capabilities chains should be an on-going process as the most significant value producing capabilities in any given industry change over time. The ability to consistently assemble the set of capabilities that produce competitive advantages is what some refer to as the ultimate core capability.