Demand for supply chain professionals exceeds supply by a ratio of six to one. Looking forward, it appears that demand for supply chain professionals will only increase. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that demand for supply chain talent will increase by 26 percent between 2010 and 2020 – a growth rate that is twice as fast as 14 percent of all occupations.
In response to the demand for supply chain professionals, universities have introduced undergraduate majors, MBA concentrations and even entire degree programs dedicated to procurement, inventory management and global supply-chain strategy. The Wall Street Journal has gone so far as to declare supply chain management the “hot new MBA.”
The University of New Hampshire Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics is one university which offers MBA courses focused on supply chain management. Students in the school’s Supply Chain Management MBA course learn how to design, plan, and operate supply chains for competitive advantage; develop an understanding of how the key drivers of supply chain operations can be used to improve performance; and develop knowledge of logistics and supply chain methodologies and the managerial context in which they are used.
For the second year, Fronetics Strategic Advisors has had the opportunity to work with students in the school’s Supply Chain Management MBA course. Our work with the students focused on the the role and importance of content for companies within the supply chain industry.
This post begins a series which will include topical supply chain management articles written by MBA students. The students are inclusive of full-time graduate students and professionals who attend the MBA program part-time. The articles point to the diversity of this group of students as well as to the student’s breadth of knowledge on supply chain issues.
Thank you to the students and to Russell Miles, faculty lecturer in the Decision Sciences Department at the University of New Hampshire’s Paul College of Business and Economics. We enjoyed working with you and look forward to working together again next year.