Top Supply Chain Management MBA Programs 2018

Looking for talent? Try recruiting from these top-rated supply chain management MBA programs and schools.

We have written before about the importance of recruiting and strengthening the relationship between academia and the supply chain industry as means to solve the growing supply chain talent gap. If your company is looking to hire, consider strengthening your rapport with schools that offer supply chain programs or specialties.

Recently U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings, including the top supply chain and logistics MBA programs. Of course, U.S. News is not the be-all end-all. But this list gives companies in the supply chain and logistics industries an idea of where some of the brightest graduates, who will be seeking employment in the upcoming months, will be coming from.

U.S. News’ top 10 supply chain management MBA programs 2018

  1. Michigan State University (Broad) – East Lansing, MI
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) – Cambridge, MA
  3. Arizona State University (Carey) – Tempe, AZ
  4. University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor (Ross) – Ann Arbor, MI
  5. Ohio State University (Fisher) – Columbus, OH
  6. Pennsylvania State University—​University Park (Smeal) – University Park, PA
  7. Stanford University – Stanford, CA
  8. University of Tennessee—​Knoxville (Haslam) – Knoxville, TN
  9. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—​Newark and New Brunswick – Newark, NJ
  10. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) – Pittsburgh, PA

See all 23 ranked schools.

Recruiting and retaining new talent

We’ve been writing a lot lately about the supply chain talent gap and ways to recruit and retain millennials. Here are 3 must-read articles for companies looking to hire young talent this year.

3 Ways to Attract Millennial Talent for the Supply Chain

By the year 2020, millennials are estimated to make up a majority of the workforce. In addition, a 2014 study found that 46% of B2B buyers were millennials, and that number is on the rise. This seismic shift in workplace demographics calls for a new approach to attracting and retaining talent. Read

Could Liberal Arts Grads Fill the Supply Chain Talent Gap?

Supply chain companies want to find talented employees that can succeed in junior-level positions now but that also could move into management down the road. “Soft skills” like creativity and problem-solving are crucial to both roles — not to mention, every role in between. Liberal arts graduates bring these abilities to the workplace. Supply chain companies could be actively recruiting these qualified and eager graduates to fill open junior-level positions now, and then groom them to become future leadership. Read

The Art of Overcoming the Supply Chain Talent Shortage

Rodney Apple, founder and president of SCM Talent Group, has almost 20 years of experience as a supply chain recruiter. He has filled more than 1,000 supply chain positions ranging from executive-level at Fortune 500 companies to leadership and staff-level roles across large networks of manufacturing and distribution facilities within the United States. In this interview, Apple discusses the supply chain talent gap and advice for overcoming it. Read

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