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Supply Chain Management is a Growing Field

April 2017


tomThe College of Business has introduced the new Global Operations and Supply Chain Management (GOSCM) concentration in the management program at St. Ambrose University.

More than a year in the making, this new track is in direct response to the growing number of positions in this arena, both regionally and across the nation. Anchoring the new curriculum is Tom Christensen, PhD, Executive-in-Residence and recent retiree from Deere & Co. Tom brings more than three decades of experience to the classroom setting.

Every organization needs managers with the skills to see the big picture and who can then translate it into the detailed actions that spell outsized sustainable profits. Our new concentration in GOSCM will help develop those skills including Manufacturing Operations, Supply Chain Management, Order Fulfillment, and a culminating capstone in global simulation.

Students will quickly appreciate how product or service design leads to sourcing/costing strategy, manufacturing/quality processes, delivery, and customer support. Their appreciation of integrating these elements of the value chain into a sustainable environmentally-sound strategy will contribute to long-term financial success of the firms they join.

Peter Doyle, a 2016 SAU graduate, credits his supply management class with helping steer his career goals down a new path.

"The Global Operations and Supply Chain Management course was instrumental in motivating me toward a career in the transportation industry," Doyle said. "It provided me with great information that I used during the interview process that landed me a great job in the Dayton Freight management training program." 

Contact Dr. Tom Christensen at ChristensenThomas@sau.edu for more information about the Supply Chain Management program. Tom will be seeking firms with interests in interns in this field. Have an interest? Get in touch with him!

 

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