Vision, Mission, & Values

Here is what makes CSCR®, CSCR®. We are committed to our mission, vision, and values, and we invite you to take a look at what they are!

The Center for Supply Chain Research® (CSCR®), part of the internationally ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business, connects researchers and professionals from leading organizations within a community that is shaping the future of the supply chain discipline. 

Although research is in our name and a core part of what we do, it is just one aspect of a mission that includes knowledge enhancement through educational offerings, access to emerging talent from one of the nation’s leading supply chain institution, and opportunities to network with other supply chain professionals.


Shaping smarter supply chains, giving people and organizations the thought leadership, skills, knowledge and connections that deliver meaningful impact for life.


To serve as a leader in supply chain education and research, making meaningful impacts by:

  • Providing an unmatched, distinguished center of excellence
  • Bridging higher learning with industry
  • Building the pillars of supply chain research, innovation, and world-class knowledge
  • Fostering a mutually beneficial relationship between students, alumni, partners and faculty


CSCR® is committed to upholding the Penn State Values and the Smeal Honor Code. In addition, we strive to uphold to our own set of values which include:

  • Humility: We believe in allowing for self-awareness and strive for self-improvement are crucial catalysts for both career and individual growth.
  • Lifetime Partnership: We aim to not only serve as a center with resources for you in the present but also as a lifetime partner you can collaborate with on forward-looking endeavors.
  • Thought Leadership: We esteem our center's students, alumni, partners, and faculty for their ability to lead, to inspire, to maneuver and to persevere — to serve as an invaluable resource for the supply chain industry — we are proud to work with you.
  • Lifelong Learning: We find that active and engaged learning leads to lifelong learning, where we never really leave that phase of being a student.
  • Inclusive Diversity: We fully invest the center in being as inclusive as possible; the more diverse opinions there are, the better our research, the better our leadership, the better our center, the better our learning.
  • Evolving Expertise: We know times are ever-changing and the adaptability to change along with them is what our executive, lifelong learning programs and courses are all about.
  • Receptive Listening: We uphold the importance of respecting the needs, the dreams, the goals of our students, alumni, partners and faculty.