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Online MS Global Supply Chain Management Curriculum

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To earn a Master of Science degree in Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM), you must complete 30 hours of coursework in the following areas:
  • Operations Management (3 credits)
    As goods and services are produced and distributed, they move through a set of inter-related operations or processes in order to match supply with demand. The design of these operations for strategic advantage, investment in improving their efficiency and effectiveness, and controlling these operations to meet performance objectives is the domain of Operations Management. The primary objective of this course is to provide an overview of this important functional area of business.
  • Project Management (2 credits)
    This course seeks to introduce different phases of managing projects from conception to termination with particular emphasis on quantitative tools for planning, scheduling, resource allocation, monitoring, and control. In addition, topics such as risk management, communication, and conflict management will be covered. Students will also gain a working knowledge of both @Risk and MSProject softwares. By the end of this course, students will have: Understood the importance and challenges of managing projects of various types and sizes; Learned and applied tools for project selection, team formation, and requirements gathering; Created detailed budgets and schedules; Acquired analytical capabilities for monitoring projects and investigating variances in scope, budget, and schedules; and Improved their ability to concisely communicate project information to senior management.
  • Supply Chain Management (2 credits)
    A supply chain includes supply, production, storage, distribution, and selling facilities that are connected by material, informational, and financial links. The goal of Supply Chain Management (SCM) is to maximize the economic value that can be generated by managing the strategic design of such supply network and choice of its capacity; the tactical planning of this capacity and related management of production, inventory, and logistics activities; and the operational control of the flows of materials, information, and money and the stocks of physical goods in this network. This course explores how firms can make better SCM choices using various analytical tools and high-level insights needed by supply chain managers and consultants.

    Topics Covered: Supply Chain Performance, Network Design and Flexibility, Transportation, Sourcing Decisions, Demand Forecasting ,Supply and Operations Planning, Coordination and Contracting in Supply Chain, and Risk Management in Supply Chain.

  • Strategic Sourcing and Procurement (2 credits)
    With the relentless trend of globalization, procurement has moved from fighting for organizational significance to playing pivotal roles in the success of global firms. In global firms’ profit and loss accounts, the share of material cost and the share of purchased services are growing continuously, underscoring the increasing strategic importance of sourcing and procurement management. This course will address the process of procurement including terminology, metrics, and decision making. We will also explore the sourcing decision and the strategic ramifications of producing/providing goods and services internally or purchasing them from external organizations.

    Topics Covered: Classification of procurement methods, Centralized vs. decentralized of procurement functions, Building exclusive long-term supplier relationship vs. multiple sourcing, Auction design and e-procurement, Bargaining/negotiation, and Outsourcing (Core/Noncore business activity).

  • Global Supply Chain Management (2 credits)
    Global supply Chain involves the flows of materials and information among all of the firms in different locations that contribute value to a product, from the source of raw materials to end customers. We will integrate issues from marketing (channels of distribution), logistics, and operations management to develop a broad understanding of a global supply chain. By taking a strategic perspective, we will focus on relatively long-term decisions involving the investment in productive resources, configuration of processes, product designs, and development of partnerships with suppliers and channels of distribution. The course seeks to both improve your understanding of global supply chain strategies and enhance your analytical skills. The course will present several analytical techniques which would aid you in making decisions in the real world. In the meanwhile, the course will introduce you various aspects, issues, and initiatives in nowadays business operations.

    Topics Covered: Supply chain contracting under exchange risk, Operational hedging via selecting capacity portfolio, Global product design to mitigate regional demand risks, Global product proliferations and its impact on inventory management, Mass-customization and global sourcing strategy, and Impact of custom duty and exchange rate on global network design.
  • Supply Chain Analytics (2 credits)
    Supply Chain Analytics focuses on data-driven and rigorous decision making in supply chain management. It is a complete problem solving and decision making process, and integrates a broad set of analytical methodologies that enables the creation of business value.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Management (2 credits)
    The last decade has witnessed the rapid development of manufacturing technology. The internet-triggered revolution, termed Industry 4.0, is expected to change the landscape of manufacturing. The course starts with introducing the basic concepts and models for manufacturing planning and control. Building on the basic knowledge, we discuss the recent trends in manufacturing management triggered by Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which underscores the importance of data-driven decision making. Topics covered: Aggregate plan, production schedule, and rolling horizon, The role of buffer versus just-in-time, Cash-to-cash cycle planning, Process control and yield prediction, Individualized manufacturing, Integrated production and preventive maintenance, Manufacturing servitization, Integration of distributed manufacturing network

  • Ethical and Sustainable Supply Chain (2 credits)
    In today’s business environment, companies rely on globally dispersed and complex supply chains to manufacture their goods and services. While this strategy provides a competitive advantage in cost, quality, or variety, it also brings in significant challenges, especially in the context of environmental, social, and ethical practices. What are the environmental, social, and ethical practices that would move a supply chain towards the goal of sustainability? And, how can a firm ensure such practices are adopted throughout its entire globally dispersed supply chain? We answer these questions in this course through a mix of lectures, case discussions, simulations, and activities/exercises. Topics covered: Life Cycle Analysis; Introduction to Circular Economy: Eco-effectiveness; Design for Sustainability; Product Stewardship and Closed-Loop Operations: Remanufacturing, Recycling, and Reuse; Responsible and Ethical Sourcing; Compliance with Environmental and Social Regulations; Servitization: A Circular Economy Business Model; Evaluating Risks and Opportunities for Ethical and Sustainable Business Strategies

  • Frontiers in Manufacturing (1 credit)
    This course explores various types of technologies used in manufacturing today and the implication for future uses and applications. This course provides background, applications and current use cases of the various tools. Students conduct weekly research on various technology applications.
  • Python Programming (2 credits)
    The course is an introduction to the Python programming language and its applications in business settings. Lectures will be problem-driven and mostly group-work based. Students will gain hands-on experience with a wide range of business problems. The focus of the course is to learn the basic elements of Python as a foundation for advanced topics such as data analytics. The main purpose is to develop the ability to write programs to solve real-world business problems. In addition to in-classroom time, this course may also meet in computer-based labs for hands-on instructions and implementation.
  • Negotiations in Organizations (2 credits)
    Negotiations permeate every aspect of our lives both inside and outside companies. We negotiate with everyone from our spouses to potential employers, yet studies show this vast experience does not translate into aptitude. In other words, most of us simply are not good at negotiating, though we use the skill constantly. Despite popular opinion to the contrary, good negotiators are made not born. In a course based on experiential learning using cases from Kellogg School of Management’s Dispute Resolution Center, students will learn tools and techniques for maximizing their outcomes in both business and personal negotiations, an invaluable skill in today’s globally competitive marketplace.
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  • Change Management (2 credits)
    The purpose of this course is to provide you with essential tools and concepts you need to help create and sustain needed change in your personal and/or professional life, your work teams and your organizations. The course is taught in an executive-style format intended for working future managers. Emphasis is placed on knowledge application and experiential learning.
  • Exploring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (1 credit)
    Navigating diverse work places is an important skill every business professional must know and understand. This course allows students to explore diversity issues in work. Leading research experts and industry professionals will discuss current research findings and workplace policies designed to create a more inclusive and equitable work environment. At the end of this course, students will design an action plan to combat diversity issues in the workplace and create an equitable workplace for all employees.

GSCM students can choose one of the following courses:  Negotiations or Change Management or Exploring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; towards fulfillment of the required 8 credit hours needed towards their GSCM Electives.  If a student takes more than one of these courses, the credit hours will count towards their Free Electives requirement.

For free electives, students may choose elective courses to suit their individual interests. They may use as free electives any MGMT, ECON or OBHR courses or credits that they have NOT used for filling other requirements.