You see the perfect pair of jeans hanging on the sales rack. You walk by the store window and there, in the left corner, is the latest GoPro and you decide you have to have it for your next Spring Break. How were these goods created, and how did they get from the factory to Fifth Avenue?
The study of supply chain management can answer these questions and more. Supply chain management explores how goods are transformed from raw materials to finished goods or move from the manufacturer to the end-user, the customer.
Supply Chain Management is one of a series of undergraduate courses being offered as part of "Summer at Seton Hall." An online Stillman School course, it runs from July 5 through August 8, and is being by taught by Associate Professor Penina Orenstein.
"Supply chain has risen in prominence because of globalization, the explosion in information technology and the importance of data in the business process," notes Professor Orenstein. "Supply chain essentially links all parts of the business process, which makes it a critical area of study for any undergraduate student interested in business, no matter the major."
Over the past few decades, companies have been increasingly recruiting students who have a background in the supply chain field, especially as they scramble to develop innovative ways to move products from raw materials through manufacturing to customers more quickly and efficiently. This has created a high demand for the specialization and a solid career path for students, particularly in the tri-state area.
By taking the course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of strategic and operational issues relating to the management and the engineering of supply chains.
Specifically, through this course students will
- recognize salient strategic challenges and opportunities for managing supply chains;
- learn to use several basic analytical tools to assess performance tradeoffs and support decision making; and
- become familiar with the core supply chain concepts and strategies that have been adopted by leading companies.
The participants will also be able to design optimal control systems for manufacturing operations, materials management, inventory control, production planning and distribution. The use of case studies featuring well-known organizations such as Walmart, LEGO, Apple, Polaroid and CROCS will also be integrated into the course.
"We will go beyond the theory and work with real data and real examples," explains Professor Orenstein.
Don't wait, register for Supply Chain Management today.
Visit the "Summer at Seton Hall" website for more information.