Olin Announces New Degree in Supply Chain Management
The Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis will launch a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS/SCM) specialized program in September, 2009.
Dean Mahendra Gupta calls the new 12-month, 36-credit-hour program timely and exciting as it brings together faculty renowned for scholarly and consultative research in risk management and supply chain management. A statement released by the school says the cutting edge curriculum will include active collaboration with industry leaders and the supply chain issues they encounter.
Program director Panos Kouvelis (also director of Olin’s Boeing Center for Technology, Information and Manufacturing), says demand for expertise in supply chain management is growing as companies expand and compete in the global marketplace. The recession, Kouvelis says, has highlighted the crucial role supply chain management plays in corporate strategy.
“The economic crisis has forced all companies to look at ways to better control their costs and renew their capabilities across their global supply chains. These days there is competition among supply chains, not just firms, and the better chains will win.”
According to the news release, the MS/SCM program is designed to appeal to students with undergraduate degrees in business, engineering, economics, mathematics or science.
“This program is for those with an interest in managing complex systems with high levels of variability and uncertainty,” Kouvelis says. “The program applies equally to those interested in manufacturing or services such as healthcare or non-profit management such as humanitarian logistics organizations.”
The specialized degree will also be available to students in the two year MBA program at Olin.
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