The Supply Chain and Operations Department promotes the development of an engaged community of industry professionals, faculty, and students who are advancing the supply chain management discipline and profession. The support and guidance from industry partners is central to the growth of a vibrant supply chain management community.

Organizations and supply chain leaders of all kinds can access the Carlson School's expertise in a variety of ways.

Hire Carlson School Students

Carlson School students are among the nation's best-prepared professionals. The School's world-class degree programs provide the skills, knowledge and critical competencies students need to meet the changing demands of today's complex business environment.

Connect with supply chain students and graduates

Initiate a Consulting Project

The Carlson Consulting Enterprise& partners with organizations ranging from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies to provide hands-on learning opportunities for high-caliber students. Client organizations pose strategic or operational challenges to student consultants, who gather crucial insights and analyze data to develop solutions.

Learn more about the Carlson Consulting Enterprise

Engage Faculty Experts

Supply Chain and Operations faculty continually seek solutions to the challenges companies face. Ranked fourth in the world for research productivity, these scholars address topics like supply chain management, global operations, quality, lean and six sigma, behavioral operations, technology and innovation, services, healthcare, sustainability, big data analytics and humanitarian logistics.

Discover how these experts can enrich your organization

Find Opportunities for Professional Development

Invest in yourself: Discover the skills, tools, and know-how you need to master tomorrow's business challenges. Carlson Executive Education offers short programs and certificates designed to help leaders analyze, strategize, and lead with confidence in today’s hyper-competitive business environment.  

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Join the Advisory Board

The Supply Chain and Operations Board of Advisors is comprised of industry leaders whose guidance enriches teaching and research at the Carlson School, and creates career opportunities for students. By partnering with member organizations, the School delivers real-world wisdom to inform the next generation of supply chain leaders.

The Board of Advisors offers its members opportunities to network with senior supply chain executives, engage in a discussion of cutting-edge issues, access Carlson School academic programs and resources, and make a difference in the lives of aspiring professionals by bringing their expertise to the classroom.

Board meetings are held twice per year, in the fall and spring. To join the board, contact contact KK Sinha at ksinha@umn.edu.

Sponsor the Case Competition

The National Undergraduate Supply Chain and Operations Case Competition provides a unique learning opportunity for undergraduate students to engage hands-on with supply chain business challenges while exploring the industry as a potential career path.

The competition's premier sponsor will present a real-world supply chain challenge the business faces, and give participating students representing top business schools from across the country 24 hours to devise a solution. Leaders representing the sponsoring organization will serve as judges, and draw on their experience and expertise to choose a winning team.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 National Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Competition, contact Steven Huchendorf at huche001@umn.edu or 612 624-4338.