2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Supply Chain Management, BS

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Office of Undergraduate Programs, 215 Whitman School of Management, 315-443-2361


Karca Aral, Burak Kazaz, Gary LaPoint, Rong Li, Julie Niederhoff, Patrick Penfield, Zhengping Wu, Fasheng Xu

Effective management of supply chain is critical for business success in today’s complex, dynamic and globalized environment. A supply chain is a pipeline of material, information and financial flows, frequently global in scope. It includes not only the organization but also the suppliers, buyers, and others with whom it interacts.

Supply chain management requires a distinctive view of business: procurement, manufacturing, and distribution must be viewed and controlled as a seamless flow. Good supply chain managers eliminate delays, reduce the amount of resources tied up all along the chain, and mitigate potential risks that can disrupt operations. To perform effectively, a company must develop policies to ensure the seamless flow and learn to function with its partners like a single organism.

An understanding of supply chain management is an asset to any manager, and there is a strong demand for specialists who can comprehend and manage the entire chain. Building on long-established strengths, the undergraduate major offers a solid grounding in this exciting field.

Students have the opportunity to take various certification exams such as APICS, AST&L and others.


Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the comprehensive learning outcomes listed in the Whitman School’s Undergraduate Education description, students in this major are expected to achieve the following additional learning outcomes:

1. Explain the role of supply chain management in the context of business operations

2. Demonstrate how SCM is interrelated with other functional areas of management (e.g., marketing, finance, and information systems)

3. Apply appropriate techniques used to solve supply chain planning problems

4. Apply modeling, optimization, and analyses tools (e.g., Excel, SAP, etc.) in formulating a problem, solving it, and providing managerially insightful prescriptions

5. Analyze “core competency” in business operations by improving supply chain performance

Major Requirements

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