SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

In recent years, companies have worked to connect the different areas of their businesses to achieve
efficient movement of goods and services to the consumer. Supply chain management fills the gaps that
exist between departments and connects trading partners to create a smooth flow of information, services,
and products through the supply chain.

The supply chain management major combines courses in accountancy, decision sciences, management,
and marketing. This “aerial view” of the four disciplines allows supply chain management students to
understand the interaction among them and how to move goods and services in the most economical
way. This area of study is on the cutting edge of business practice. Students learn practical industry
applications with the aid of field trips, guest speakers, and simulations in the classroom.


         Students attracted to this major should be capable of applying quantitative techniques, working
well with information technology, and interacting with people. To be successful in the field one will need to
use principles of economics, cost accounting, operations management, purchasing, business-to-business
marketing, and written and oral communications.


Technical                                                 Communications
Scheduling activities between firms                       Leading discussions
Understanding operations                                  Presenting plans
Understanding reliability                                 Writing reports
Estimating quantities                                     Explaining procedures
Projecting future needs                                   Persuading individuals
Making financial comparisons                              Planning with others
Creating time-lines
Managing materials                                        Management Skills
Analyzing the market conditions                           Planning for the future
                                                          Understanding inter-firm processes
People Skills                                             Attending to finances
Eliciting divergent opinions                              Keeping communications open between supply
Reaching consensus                                        chain partners
Working out strategies                                    Evaluating personnel
Relating to individuals                                   Understanding quality
Maintaining perspective in                                Evaluating supplier performance
 disagreements                                            Monitoring inventory

Managing groups

Problem Solving
Evaluating information
Analyzing data
Assessing needs
Innovating solutions

                                       CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Business: all types                                      Service Industries
Product planner                                          Buyer
Procurement manager                                      Planner
Buyer                                                    Router
Traffic manager                                          Product manager
Expediter                                                Management trainee
Purchasing analyst                                       Facilities manager
Cost/value analyst
Materials manager
Quality specialist

NOTE: Some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the
bachelor's degree.


        An undergraduate degree in supply chain management prepares students for graduate study in
public and business administration.

                                   EXPERIENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES

        Summer or part-time work in business organizations of all types is helpful as well as volunteer or
paid work in public or private agencies and institutions. Involvement in student organizations such as
Ingenuity, Inc.: The Student Entrepreneurial Society; International Association of Students in Economics
and Business (AIESEC); the Student Chapter of American Production and Inventory Control/The Institute
for Supply Management (APICS/ISM); and other student groups that provide career guidance as well as
on-the-job experience.
                                SOURCES OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Department of Management                                 Business Academic Advising
307 Laws Hall, 529-4215                                  103 Laws, 529-1712
-Curriculum requirements                                 -Requirements
-Career opportunities                                    -Course selection

                                                         Student Organizations and Skills
Student Counseling Service                               Development
195 Health Services Building                             114 Laws, 529-4236
-Career Counseling                                       Career Services
-Career Exploration and Training Center                  114 Laws, 529-3831
  Computerized Career Development Program                241 Hoyt, 529-3831
  Dictionary of Occupational Titles                      -Career Resource Center
  Occupational Outlook Handbook                          -Dictionary of Occupational Titles
                                                         -Occupational Outlook Handbook

Developed by the School of Business Academic Advising Staff and the academic departmental offices
with adaptations from Liberal Arts and Sciences - Skills - Career Opportunities, Career Planning and
Placement Office, University of Michigan.


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