Logistics and Supply Chain Management
What is Logistics and Supply Chain Management?
Presently, the globalized economy has generated a constant high flow of goods (from a variety of different industries) that starts from production to consumer consumption. This demand has ultimately led to a high demand for Logistics and Supply Chain Management professionals. The Logistics and Supply Chain Management major concentrates on the basic principles and operations used by modern-day industry professionals. Some of the essential components of this program include Demand Forecasting, Inventory Control, Purchasing, Distribution Center Management, Global Transportation, and Material Resource Planning. Additionally, this program includes a course of study in Business Management to prepare students for leadership and management positions in the industry.
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Tomorrow’s CEOs Will Come from an Unlikely Place: The Supply Chain
As the operational dynamics of the supply chain become top-of-mind in this age of instant gratification, businesses are at an existential crossroads. Their so-called “operators” are their secret weapon to maintaining a competitive edge. Given this environment, it’s clear that supply chain professionals are poised to become the most powerful executives in the world, overseeing the heart and soul of global commerce and transforming the way companies run.
How a Background in Supply Chain Can Set You on the Path to CEO
Better supply chain management means better businesses, and better businesses make for a better world.
To the obvious extent that supply chain management is a way to not just maintain a business, but to guide and grow it, leadership within organizations can benefit from looking closely at what they are doing to attract top supply chain talent and include that talent in executive capacities. Previous generations of industry required little more than purchasers; today, thanks to the rise of technology and globalization, success is built on a much more elaborate approach to procurement.
For those who aspire to lead or influence the future of business -- whether employees, students, educators, or others -- the way forward is to embrace the concepts above, spread them far and wide, and leverage them for individual and organizational benefit. Better supply chain management means better businesses, and better businesses make for a better world.
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Collins, Keith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Business
In the past few years, there have been more examples of Supply Chain professionals stepping not just into the C-suite, but into the coveted Chief Executive position itself.
Among the more prominent supply chain leaders who’ve made it to the top slot, we can count Tim Cook of Apple, Mary Barra of General Motors, and Brian Krzanich of Intel. More recently we’ve seen Fabian Garcia, formerly of Colgate Palmolive, tapped to take over at Revlon and John Hendrickson recently promoted to CEO of Perrigo.
- By Kevin O’Marah, Forbes Magazine