Don’t just go with the flow; manage it.
Move materials, products, or information from Point A to Point B. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? Yet, supply chain management is a complex field, especially considering how many companies’ markets have become global. In reality, there are a number of stages between Points A and B.
By becoming familiar with the flow of materials and information in global networks of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and customers, you’ll learn how “deliverables” become “delivered.”
You’ll use real-world case studies to see how global supply networks are design, planned and operated and you’ll focus on key areas of the supply chain process.
- Supply chain coordination
- Inventory and supply planning
- Risk management
- Global sourcing
The supply chain’s role within an organization is a significant one and you’ll come to understand the key managerial decisions related to the supply chain, including the need to align competitive and supply chain strategies. Once in place, supply chains perform an important function and you’ll learn to define the metrics that track that performance.
You’ll gain hands-on experience in using a commercial, state-of-the-art software package for the design, testing, and deployment of supply chains.
In learning how supply chains work effectively, you’ll also explore many of the obstacles that can render a supply chain dysfunctional. You’ll take an in-depth look at how distribution systems are designed and how demand/capacity allocation decisions are made.
Operations managers often use aggregate planning to determine the overall levels of internal production and outsourcing in order to counter variability of demand and you’ll see how this can help achieve an acceptable balance of supply and demand.
You’ll also explore strategies for global risk management, supplier selection, sourcing, and safety inventory to develop a comprehensive view of the challenges and opportunities organizations encounter through supply chain management.
Sample Course Topics
- Supply Chain Strategy
- Supply Chain Drivers and Metrics
- Supply Chain Coordination
- Distribution Systems and Network Design
- Global Sourcing and Risk Management
- Inventory and Risk Pooling
- Delayed Diffrenetiation and Component Commonality
- Optimal Availability
- Sales and Operations Planning
Explore this and more in OM 540.
What You’ll Learn
In OM 540, you’ll gain solid experience using the concepts underlying the design, planning, and operation of global supply networks.
- Appreciate the strategic role of the supply chain and its significant impact on the success of the firm.
- Know the key drivers of supply chain performance and managerial levers that can be used to improve that performance.
- Understand the quantitative models and approaches commonly used to analyze supply chain problems.
- Be familiar with practical strategies for handling product variety, for managing risk and uncertainty, and for enhancing coordination and collaboration between supply chain partners.
Every link of a supply chain plays a specific part in the delivery of goods and services. For more information about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Business Administration degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.
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