Published: Aug. 15, 2013

MSU co-leads study to redefine supply chain management

Contact(s): Sandy Cameron Broad College of Business office: (517) 432-9176, David Closs Supply Chain Management office: (517) 432-6406

Researchers from Michigan State University’s top-ranked Department of Supply Chain Management will co-lead an ambitious new project that aims to redefine the future of supply chain management on a global level.

Working with the APICS Foundation, the researchers will identify and examine the capabilities necessary for strategic supply chain success.

“Supply chain optimization goes far beyond being better, faster and cheaper,” said David Closs, chair of the supply chain department in MSU’s Broad College of Business. “We need to understand the factors that facilitate and inhibit the transformation of a supply chain from tactical to strategic.”

The two-year study, “Supply Chain Management: Beyond the Horizon,” will examine factors in three areas: an organization’s business model, management and the interrelationship between the business model and supply chain operations.

“This major undertaking will generate relevant, actionable insights that promise to advance the design and execution of supply chain operations going forward,” said Sharon Rice, executive director of the APICS Foundation.

APICS is the world’s largest association for supply chain and operations management professionals.

Support for the study is provided by the MSU Executive Development Programs and the John H. McConnell Chair in Business Administration at MSU.

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU’s supply chain program for undergraduate students No. 1 in the nation and the university’s supply chain program for graduate students No. 2.

David Closs, chair of Michigan State University's Department of Supply Chain Management

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