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Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

Earn an industry-validated Six Sigma Green Belt along with your International MBA

The GSCOM functional specialization produces graduates with knowledge and practical applied experiences in the twin competencies of operations and business process improvement and global supply chain design, analysis and improvement. Students are prepared for specific GSCOM careers in global manufacturing firms in production, purchasing, quality control, distribution and supply chain management; in service firms for general operations management and logistics/supply chain management; and in consulting firms as business process and quality improvement consultants.

Consisting of cutting-edge courses in lean systems, Six Sigma methodologies, and business reengineering process improvement approaches, project management, strategic sourcing, logistics and distribution, and supply chain modeling and optimization, the program focuses on not just learning but applying these skills through a capstone consulting project course. Student teams tackle a “live” operations, business process, or supply chain improvement project with an actual organization, thus preparing them for Six-Sigma Green Belt certifications. The capstone course class can potentially lead to a Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Candidates pursuing this functional specialization and aspiring to earn the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification are required to complete five courses (15 credit hours) beyond the core requirements; four of these courses are required and one may be chosen from a list of provided electives.

As one of their electives, candidates are encouraged to complete course MGSC-875 (“APICS” class). It delivers a curriculum used to educate professionals on essential terminology, concepts, and strategies related to demand management, procurement and supplier planning, material requirements planning, capacity requirements planning, sales and operations planning, master scheduling, performance measurements, supplier relationships, quality control, and continuous improvement. This class is designed to prepare students for the first four of five module exams of the APICS CPIM certification.
International MBA and one-year MBA students participated in faculty-led projects from different industries including:

Customer Service Performance Improvement

Fabrication Schedule Compliance

Plant Rationalization

Performance Assessment Process Improvement for Suppliers

Inbound Optimization of International Shipments

Inbound Freight Optimization
Trane/Ingersoll Rand

Distribution Center Space Optimizations

Flexibility Steering Tool Michelin

Dynamic Routing for Distribution Channel and Product Mix

  Global Supply Chain and Operations Management Functional Specialization

Required Courses: 
MGSC 871 - Global Sourcing: Strategies and Applications
MGSC 876 - Models in Supply Chain Management
MGSC 893 - Business Process Analysis, Design and Implementation
MGSC 897 - Graduate Capstone Consulting Project

Additional Courses:
MGSC 777: Advanced Quantitative Methods in Business
MGSC 872: Project Management
MGSC 875 - Supply Chain Coordination and Control (Course covers the topical material required by four modules of the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management CPIM).

Course Descriptions: 
(*Indicates required course for Global Supply Chain and Operations Management Functional Specialization)

*MGSC 871 - GLOBAL SOURCING: STRATEGIES AND APPLICATIONS: This course covers skills necessary to pursue sourcing related careers in manufacturing, services, retailing, and government agencies, including discussion of cutting edge negotiation and sourcing strategies pursued in exemplar firms. Course objectives; To expose students to leading edge concepts and principles in strategic sourcing as pursued by leading edge firms; To generate student interest in pursuing sourcing as a viable career opportunity, be it in retailing, manufacturing, government agencies or non-profit organizations; To provide applied learning opportunities in strategic sourcing through a combination of case analyses, negotiation exercises and a field project involving a sourcing strategy for a commodity; To develop student expertise in the areas of team building skills, presentation skills; analytical skills and report writing skills (Prerequisites: DMSB 718).

*MGSC 876 - Models in Supply Chain Management: Management activities and models in the areas of sourcing, inventory management, and logistics that help frame, structure, and solve decisions that pertain to various aspects of supply chain management. This class will help the students to learn concepts, insights, practical tools, and decision support systems important for the effective management of the supply chain. The course will help understand the linkage between a firm’s supply chain strategy and business strategy by means of case analysis and discussions, illustrate supply chain decision making using a simulation framework in which students will utilize firm resources more effectively, and coordinate the manufacturing and movement of goods and services through different echelons of supply chains to create a competitive advantage (Prerequisites: DMSB 718 or MGSC 791).

*MGSC 893 – Business Process Analysis, Design, and Implementation: Study of the concepts, tools and issues associated with analyzing and improving modern business processes including quality management, process control, systems and technologies for process support, and case studies. Course objectives include: To understand the “business process perspective of operations” and its critical importance of process management in manufacturing and service organizations in successfully executing their competitive strategies; To learn concepts and tools of “lean” strategy; To learn concepts and tools of “Six Sigma” strategy; To learn analysis of complex processes with interactions between various process elements (resources, process logic, customers) and variations through the use of a state-of-the-art computer-based process-modeling software tool; To understand the role of business process management in operations improvement strategies (Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MGSC 897).

*MGSC 897 - Graduate Capstone Consulting Project: This course entails a live consulting project in which student teams under faculty supervision apply GSCOM concepts and techniques to solve significant operational problems and identify improvement opportunities in real-world service and manufacturing firms. Teams write recommendation and implementation reports, oversee pilot or full-scale implementations when feasible, and make presentations of their work to the firm’s management group. Course objectives include: To plan and execute a real improvement project within the global supply chain and operations management domain; To gain an experience of applying technical/analytical and organizational/behavioral concepts and tools learned in previous GSCOM courses to an actual operations and business process; To gain first-hand experience in project execution, including data collection and analysis and effectively working together as part of a consulting project team; To create professional presentations and reports; To successfully convince client organization of the cost-benefits of suggested operations improvement strategies (Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MGSC 893. By written application only).

MGSC 777 - Advanced Quantitative Methods in Business: Students will gain experience using cutting-edge analytical tools to support business decision making, including advanced topics in data visualization, geographic information systems, and Excel development with VBA. In addition, this course has a focus on both written and verbal communication of analytical results.

MGSC 872 - Project Management: Management of projects including justification, planning, scheduling, monitoring, controlling, and auditing. The course makes extensive use of project management information systems. This course is designed to provide the student with a general understanding of the field of project management. This includes managerial issues as well as technical issues. Emphasis will be given to real-world applications of the materials covered in class. Materials presented in class will include many of the topics related to PMP certification and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

MGSC 875 - Supply Chain Coordination and Control: Design and management of systems that coordinate information and material flows within and between firms in a supply chain. Addresses planning basics, system alternatives, and advanced value stream synchronization. This “APICS” course covers the topical material required by four modules of the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) Program (Prerequisites: DMSB 718 or MGSC 791).