Knowledge of Supply Chain and Operations (SCO) enables organizations to strategically leverage their internal process capabilities and identify opportunities for collaboration with customers and suppliers. Despite technology and efficiency advances, most organizations have not yet realized the full capabilities of their supply chains.
An emphasis in SCO provides skills in managing the flow of raw materials, finished goods, information and services to deliver maximum value to the consumer. Rather than focusing on any single facet of delivering a product or service to the customer, SCO covers the entire process, from the suppliers of your suppliers, to the customers of your customers. The emphasis is designed to be flexible, with a wide range of course offerings to reflect the diversity of career opportunities.
A SCO position may include any or all of the following, depending on the size and complexity of the organization:
Successful candidates can lead, analyze, manage, and improve end to end business processes using strategic thinking and analytical skills. The ability to understand global management issues is also important since supply chain management activities traverse national boundaries. Most employers seek students that possess strong leadership skills and the ability to work effectively in teams.
Companies from a variety of industries come to the Carlson School for graduates with expertise in supply chain and operations: consulting, manufacturing, retail, service and transportation companies make up the majority of recruiters. Some seek students with information systems knowledge in addition to supply chain. Others seek a strong finance, marketing, operations or strategic management combination together with supply chain knowledge.
Because the field of SCO is extremely broad, the emphasis includes a wide range of courses that can be combined to best fit an individual student's career aspirations and interests. The total credits required for an emphasis is 12 credits, or 10 credits for students engaged in a related Enterprise experience. Courses are grouped into two categories: foundational and electives. The foundational courses serve as an entry point into different aspects of SCO. Electives provide deeper coverage of special topics.
Foundational Courses (choose at least 4 credits):
In addition to OMS courses, one might consider other complementary disciplines such as marketing, operations, information systems, finance or strategy and organization for further course work. The following courses have particular relevance for students emphasizing in supply chain and operations.
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