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Emphasis in Supply Chain and Information Systems

Program Overview

The Supply Chain and Information Systems Ph.D. Program spans the boundary of two primary fields: supply chain and information technologies. From an interdisciplinary perspective, the diversity of processes within supply chain and information systems provides abundant opportunities for the application of a broad array of rigorous research methods to a diverse set of interesting and relevant research topics.

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You will conduct research in two concentration areas. The supply chain concentration includes topics such as supply chain coordination and contracting, closed-loop supply chains and reverse logistics, procurement management, procurement auctions and market design, inventory management, production and distribution management, supply chain network design, and supply chain analytics. The information systems concentration provides a combination of contextual courses that build knowledge of modern information technologies and information systems analysis, design and implementation, and advanced seminars covering research topics in information systems.

Areas of Study

The interdisciplinary program encompasses theoretical and empirical research methods and many vital areas of study such as:

  • Design of Supply Chain Networks
  • Logistics
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Procurement
  • Manufacturing and Services Strategies
  • Transportation Systems Operation and Infrastructure
  • Customer Service and Order Fulfillment Systems
  • Cash Flow Interrelationships
  • Reverse Logistics/Closed-Loop Supply Chains
  • Business Process Design/Sense and Respond Systems/RFID
  • Behavioral Operations Management

About the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department

The Supply Chain and Information Systems Department at Smeal integrates the source, make, deliver, and return processes, along with the information systems as the critical enabler of supply chain efficiencies and responsiveness. The department’s faculty and graduate students actively pursue both theoretical and applied research, often collaborating with colleagues in other disciplines or in industry. Through involvement in research, extensive interaction with practicing executives, and continuous development of new teaching materials and processes, the department strives to provide students leading-edge learning opportunities.

The department has been ranked No. 1 for the third time as a leader in supply chain education according to a survey conducted by Gartner, Inc. Supply chain faculty are nationally and internationally recognized scholars, holding editorships, associate editorships, and editorial board memberships on more than twenty prominent refereed journals.

Learn more about the Smeal Supply Chain and Information Systems Department.

For more information on Research Information with the Smeal Ph.D. Emphasis in Supply Chain and Information Systems, contact:

Dr. Hui Zhao
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management
Department of Supply Chain & Information Systems
Smeal College of Business
The Pennsylvania State University
419 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-1940
Fax: 814-863-7067
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