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Updates from our MBA programs

  1. Graham Givens, a  recent graduate from our MBA program started his new role over the summer, and provided some great information and feedback on some of the lessons learned that he is experiencing based on his first month on the job.  This is hot off the press, and provides  good feedback for our faculty, students, […]

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  2. Fall semester at the Poole College of Management kicked off this week, and a new group of MBA and engineering students walked into our hallowed halls.  In my MBA 541 class on supply chain relationships, I spent some time introducing the students to some of the topics we will cover this semester.  Although some may […]

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  3. On April 19th and 20th the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held its bi-annual Board Advisory meeting and Partner Meeting in the Talley Student Center at North Carolina State University.  The program was really exceptional this year, and the riveting discussions left everyone with a lot of nuggets and insights to take with them to work […]

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  4. Great news this week for NC State as SCM World announced its top 25 supply chain management programs globally.  The NC State Supply Chain program was listed as one of the top 25 programs in the world, which says a lot about the dedication and work of our faculty and students over the past few years. […]

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  5. We kicked off the 33rd SemiAnnual SCRC Partner Meeting today, with a room full of people from various segments of government, industry, and academic attending.  We kicked off the session with a round of introductions, and an overview of the SCRC recent accomplishments achieved this past year.  A summary of these is shown below.  What […]

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  6. NORTH CAROLINA’S SUPPLY CHAIN Conduit for Commerce & Economic Development An Economic Impact Statement & Analysis This recent study on the state of the supply chain industry and its impact on the North Carolina economy was completed  by a team of who students recently presented both in front of the North Carolina Legislature (Subcommittee on State Logistics) and the […]

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  7. The concept of “Collaboration” has been getting a lot of grief lately. For instance, recent articles in the Harvard Business Review and the Economist emphasize that collaboration has reached the point of “godliness” in modern business, and that managers are overwhelmed with collaborative tools.  They complain that multi-tasking through collaboration is reducing the quality of […]

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  8. This is a guest post from Director Clyde Crider of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, based on an MBA panel he sat in on yesterday at NC State’s Poole College of Management. We are frequently asked to provide guidance and advice to students about how to be successful in their academic pursuits and professional careers.  […]

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  9. Bloomberg Businessweek released its MBA rankings today, placing the Jenkins MBA at number 29 among full-time MBA programs in the United States. This ranking is a notable jump from number 54 just a year ago and number 63 (out of 63) three years ago.  The full ranking is available on the Bloomberg Businessweek website, where you will find […]

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  10. The Supply Chain Management Review, one of the leading practitioner journals in the field of supply chain, is hosting their first ever conference in November at the Rosemount Hilton at O’Hare Airport in Chicago.  The conference, titled Supply Chain Outlook promises to be an exciting event, with many leading speakers and academics attending.  I look […]

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  11. Every fall, Betty Minton and Bill Collins (my trusted and capable student project advisors) and I play a game of musical chairs.  The challenge involves matching a group of bright, eager, and hungry young MBA and engineering students to a group of projects identified by a group of companies, through the now well-established Supply Chain Resource […]

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  12. As organizations continue to discuss the notion of procurement value transformation, there is a noticeable gap between the stated intentions of organizations to pursue value, and their actions as they pertain to on-going adversarial approaches to supplier relationships. As Gerard Chick and I noted in our recent book “The Procurement Value Proposition” (2015), many organizations see […]

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  13. A recent review by Peter Smith of my new book, “The Procurement Value Proposition”, co-authored with Gerard Chick, provides some solid support for the message Gerard and I were seeking to develop.  Peter Smith is a writer for the organization Spend Matters, which has spawned a UK division as well.  In his review, Peter calls […]

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  14. A recent report by Software Advice – a supply chain execution software reviews site – provides insights into what a group of executives surveyed is looking for from supply chain job listings.Software Advice analyzed 200 job listings to find out what it really takes to be a supply chain manager.  Some of the highlights included the following. On […]

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  15. A new Gartner 2014 Top US Supply Chain MBA Program Rankings report of top graduate supply chain programs within the United States came out yesterday – with the NC State Jenkins MBA and the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative advancing seven spots to 15th place. This follows the college’s undergraduate supply chain ranking of 24 in August, its first […]

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  16. Ben Filippo is Food System Coordinator for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, a farmer driven membership based 501c3 non profit organization to help people in the Carolinas grow and eat locally.  He also spoke in my class this week.  Ben notes that “a big chunk of what we do are work with artisans and our […]

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  17. 2013 has certainly been an interesting year!   I’ve had the good fortune to be presented with opportunities for compelling discussions with a significant group of leading thinkers, senior executives in procurement, logistics, and technology management over this past year.  I also worked with a team of leading thinkers in developing the Future of Procurement Report […]

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  18. In 2008, Jim Owens, the Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar,  gave the Poole College of Management a $2.2M gift to support the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative.  Part of the mandate Mr. Owens wanted was  to establish a joint program with industrial engineering in the supply chain area.  CAT recognized that they, like other companies, needed […]

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  19. Congrats to George Vincent, who took 1st place in the 2013 Student Poster Competition at the APICS Conference in Orlando.  George is a second year INdustrial Engineering student who has taken several supply chain MBA classes and worked on several SCRC projects, including one this semester. George discussed his project, which foucsed on how to […]

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  20. As we go into our 2013 fall semester, the SCRC team is pulling together the list of project summaries from our 15 corporate partners.  This is indeed a busy time for everyone as we go into full project planning mode… Prior to the beginning of each semester, we work with a SCRC project liaison from […]

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  21. A CPO in the financial services industry also noted that a need to redefine procurement’s role in the enterprise is happening, driven by the recognition that a new type of procurement capability is needed: Prior to our transformation, the ONLY metric by which our performance was measured is how much money we saved for the […]

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  22. I recently visited with a large services company, and learned a few things talking to their supply chain recruiters that provided some great insights for students to think about. First, the managers I spoke with talked about things every student who is serious about finding a job should do before an interview: –       Be prepared […]

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  23. As I’ve continued with my research on the future faces of procurement, a consistent theme that has come up again and again is the need for increased interaction between the legal and procurement groups in organizations.  Today, this interaction is often poorly handled, with clumsy templates being exchanged between the two groups, and in some […]

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  24. Jeff Holcomb, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations and US Transportation at Ralph Lauren’s offices in Greensboro, NC spoke in my MBA supply chain class last week.  He told the story of when Ralph Lauren came to visit the Greensboro offices, and shared his previous experiences.  Apparently, Lauren once had an idea about creating a […]

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  25. Every other year, a team of MBA students from the Poole College of Management take a one credit class I teach on supply chain sustainability.  As part of this class, students are assigned to teams to study a group of companies within a particular industry, and by applying the Supply Chain Sustainability index developed through […]

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