MBA - Supply Chain Management Emphasis

The Supply Chain Management emphasis trains students to strategically plan and manage supply chain activities for competitive advantage. The emphasis covers topics essential to efficient and effective management of supply chains such as operations management, operations strategy, quality management, product development, sourcing, and logistics.

MBA students that would like to earn an emphasis in Supply Chain Management must complete nine credits of the following courses.

MANGEMENT 738: Management of Innovation

No Prerequisite

This is a graduate course designed to acquaint the student with the foundations and the processes of research, development, technology, and innovation. This course draws upon current literatures in the management of engineering and technology-based organizations. Students are exposed to the workings of technology within the company, from its generation in the research and development function, to its commercialization as new products and services.

ITSCM 761: Supply chain Systems

Prerequisite: ITSCM 719

The course uses a supply chain management framework to study flow of material. Topics include capacity planning, production systems, production planning, material planning, sourcing, and delivery of products. In addition, the role of information systems in integrating operations throughout the supply chain is discussed. The course uses case studies and research papers.

ITSCM 763: Global Operations Management

Prerequisite: ITSCM 719 (can be taken concurrently)

The objective of this course is to enhance the student's ability to conceptualize and manage global operations effectively. A wide range of topics, concepts, theories, and tools related to the operations of both manufacturing and service firms are explored from an international perspective. In addition, the comparative position of U.S. production systems is evaluated with those of Japan, Europe, Latin America, and South East Asia. The focus is on covering those aspects of operations management that can help firms become more competitive globally. The aim of the course is to provide the managers with an understanding of the production of goods and services in an international environment through a review and critique of current literature.

ITSCM 768: Global Operations Strategy

Prerequisite: ITSCM 719

A course focusing on strategic implications of operations decisions facing the top manager, such as the operations vice-president or plant manager. Cases are used to identify, analyze and recommend solutions to specific problems resulting from corporate decisions taken in the areas of processes and infrastructure. Current trends in selected industries are discussed. 

ITSCM 769: Quality Issues in Operations

Prerequisite: ITSCM 719

A course focusing on qualitative and quantitative techniques used to study and improve quality of operations in manufacturing and service organizations. It covers topics such as quality philosophy, statistical process control (SPC), acceptance sampling, tools for quality improvement, product and process design. The role of quality in the entire cycle including product/ service design, development, production, delivery, and customer support is emphasized. An individual research paper covering the topic of interest will be used.