Global Supply Chain Management

In an increasingly globalized business environment, understanding the intricacies of supply chain management is now essential for many executives. To compete on a global scale, create value for shareholders, and leverage the considerable opportunities present in emerging markets, managers must possess a firm grasp on the principles of global supply chain management.

Focusing on the managerial implications of global supply chain management, the Global Supply Chain Management concentration at MBA@UNC is divided into six modules: inventory and information management, distribution and transportation, global operations, supplier management, management of product variety and electronic supply chains.

A Curriculum Grounded in Leadership and Management

Although the advent of heightened globalization has transformed virtually every aspect of business in the 21st century, it is no longer enough for organizations to focus solely on forging relationships with international manufacturing partners or utilizing the most inexpensive distribution systems. Today’s businesses must be able to identify and adapt to changing market trends, capitalize on new opportunities, and maximize resources to deliver quality products and services while increasing value for shareholders.

The MBA@UNC program offers ambitious professionals an unparalleled academic experience that builds expertise in subjects such as modeling, in which businesses draw upon market and research data to forecast projected expenses, and project management, an increasingly important skill in today’s complex globalized corporate environment.Core business principles will be covered extensively, in addition to how the emergence of e-commerce and technological developments have disrupted traditional approaches to supply chain management.

Suggested Electives

MBA@UNC enables professionals to tailor their educational experience by selecting any combination of available elective courses. Recommended elective courses for the Global Supply Chain Management concentration are:

  • Global Supply Chain
  • Increases in product variety and customization in the past few years have posed challenges to firms in terms of delivering products to customers faster and more efficiently. With the prevalence of the usage of the Internet for business, electronic business transformations are occurring in every business. One of the fundamental enablers for electronic commerce is effective supply chain management. Thus, supply chain management has become the focus of attention of senior management in the industry today.

    This course considers management of a supply chain in a global environment from a managerial perspective. The focus is on analysis, management and improvement of supply chain processes and their adaptation to the electronic business environment. The course is divided into six related modules, namely, Inventory and Information Management, Distribution and Transportation, Global Operations, Supplier Management, Management of Product Variety and Electronic Supply Chains. Several new concepts including Prognostic Supply Chains, Build-to-Order, Collaborative Forecasting, Delayed Differentiation, Cross Docking, Global Outsourcing and Efficient Consumer Response will be discussed. The course will focus on traditional supply chain concepts and also introduce students to changes in supply chain management practices due to the emergence of the Internet. Analytical and simulation approaches utilized in industry will also be introduced. At the end of the course, a student will have the necessary tools and metrics to evaluate a current supply chain and recommend design changes to supply chain processes.

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  • Modeling
  • The purpose of this course is to provide exposure to a number of different modeling techniques that are used in operations management, developing your skills both in building models and interpreting the output of these decision tools. Although the emphasis of this course is on operations, the tools that we will discuss have practical applications in a wide variety of functional areas, including marketing, finance and human resource management. The objective is not to create expert mathematicians; we will discuss the theoretical underpinnings of these techniques only as needed. Rather, the emphasis is on assessing the applicability of these tools in practical situations.

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  • Project Management
  • Gain exposure to the general concepts and tools needed to manage a broad range of business projects (M&A integrations, new product launches, geographic expansions, outsourcing initiatives, IT projects, etc.). This course is designed for general managers; you will learn basic qualitative and quantitative skills you can apply throughout your career.

    Most MBA graduates will spend a significant portion of their career taking part in and leading projects. The use of projects in organizations is only increasing. In many areas, ranging from consulting and investment banking to product development and service delivery, organizations deliver their primary output through projects. In other organizations projects are used to implement strategic decisions. Also, projects provide an opportunity for high-potential individuals to hone and prove their capability prior to taking on the responsibility of managing a larger business. While every project has its unique components, in many ways projects in organizations are quite similar. It is these commonalities that permit us to explore project management generally. In this course we will examine a range of contexts – e.g., outsourcing, product development, geographic expansion, construction, merger integration – to help students become familiar with the tools and concepts of project management. The objective of this course is to prepare students so that they have the ability to effectively take part in and lead projects. The goal is to equip individuals across any career concentration, rather than extend the expertise of project-management specialists. Therefore, this class will be highly interactive consisting of active case discussions each day that will be supplemented with short lectures when appropriate. We will cover both quantitative and qualitative aspects of project management.

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