BUS 553 - Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management refers to the practice of planning and coordinating the specific physical activities, information flows and business relationships required to support demand for a firm's goods and services. Although, these activities are critical to both service and manufacturing firms, the rules that define the "ideal" management policies relating to them continue to change as information technology and the nature of global markets evolve. The design of this class is to provide students already familiar with topics taught in introductory coursework with an opportunity to explore this changing landscape. Business cases, class activities and the use of management decision-support tools will supplement the discussion of topics such as facilities management, distribution, purchasing and corporate partnerships.