Developing Supply Chain Leaders with a Passion for Supplier Diversity

Today’s students can get a degree in supply chain management. Looking at the topics covered in a typical program's curriculum, it becomes readily apparent that supply chain professionals must develop competence across a broad spectrum of business principles and activities. They include managing product flows, plant and logistics, global supply chain management, purchasing, sourcing, demand fulfillment, supplier relationship management, and Human Resources management, and that is just the basics.

What is missing are courses on developing a diverse supply chain and helping smaller suppliers grow capacity and competencies. Also missing are courses on promoting innovation in the supply chain. Some of these topics may be embedded in the basic curriculum courses, but if so, the competencies in these areas are not highlighted in a way that separate courses would achieve.

The fact there are so many schools offering degrees in supply chain management is indicative of the gr...

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