MBA Supply Chain

Sep 7, 2019  |  Articles

Physician Preference Cards: The Key to Hospital Low Inventory Utilization and Waste

Almost every hospital or IDN faces significant challenges in managing their operating room inventory, which can be traced to a simple concept:  utilization.  Utilization is simply a ratio of the $ value of clinical purchases BILLED to patients or insurance, […]

Jun 8, 2019  |  Articles

A Brief History of the Founding of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC)

The following is a transcript of the speech I gave to individuals who attended our SCRC 20th Anniversary Event this past April 2019.  It covers a bit about what motivates our team and how this organization evolved to what it […]

Apr 27, 2019  |  Articles

Closing the Gap Between Buyers and Sellers: “Everything is Changed, Nothing is Different”

We hosted an extremely successful set of speakers at our SCRC meeting this past week.  One of my core beliefs, that I’ve espoused over the 30 years that I’ve been working in this field, is that working together for mutually […]

Apr 21, 2019  |  Articles

Guest Post: An MBA student’s perspective on the ISM Meeting 2019

This week’s guest post is from my MBA student, Nikhil Singh, who accompanied me to the recent Institute for Supply Management conference in Houston.  I enjoyed hearing his perspectives on the sessions, and invited him to post to my blog.  […]

Feb 17, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Hospitals Suffer from a Lack of Market Transparency: New Evidence from a Research Project with SCWorx

Healthcare in the United States of America is a USD $3.2 Trillion industry, yet is often described by experts as a “cottage industry” due to the lack of maturity surrounding its contract management and supply chain practices.   Research suggests that […]

Oct 14, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Women in Supply Chain Panel Offers Great Advice to Future Supply Chain Leaders

I had the opportunity to sit in on the Women in Supply Chain Panel at the Innovative Women’s Forum, held at NC State University this past Friday October 12.  The panel included a number of powerful women, including Amy Rumford, […]

Sep 18, 2018  |  Director's Blog

The Value of Company Collaboration in an MBA Supply Chain Program

The NC State Poole College of Management’s Jenkins MBA supply chain management program rose four places to No. 15 in Gartner Research’s 2018 ranking of graduate supply chain programs in North America. Results of the survey were published on August […]

Apr 12, 2018  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Meeting on Relational Contracting: Echos of Jimmy V…

The upcoming Supply Chain Resource Cooperative Bi-annual meeting is taking place on April 19, in historic Reynolds Coliseum, (with the memories of Jimmy V echoing in the hallways).   It is only fitting that this year’s meeting takes place in a […]

Jan 18, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Off to another exciting year of student-industry engagement at NC State on cutting-edge supply chain projects

In a prior post on 2018 supply chain predictions, I shared how NC State’s Poole College of Management engages directly with industry through student-led projects.  I also predicted how this type of engagement would continue to grow in the future, […]

Dec 22, 2017  |  Articles

Supply Chain Predictions for 2018: Real-Time, Innovation, Cognitive, Blockchain, Industry-Academic Partnerships, and Taking a Stand!

I had an opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects this past year, and in the process, spent a lot of time talking about digital supply chains with a lot of really informed people.  Here are a few […]