How To Join The Supply Chain Management Job Revolution in San Francisco
Like blockchain, the phrase supply chain management has been retconned into an inexact wallpaper of business jargon. But it doesn’t change the fact that supply chain managers (SCMs) are in higher demand than ever.
The supply chain industry grew by a remarkable 11 percent, according to Garter, from 2016 to 2017, and is expected to continue growing through the next few years, with “digitization” adding even more capital.
SCMs can be thought of as the logistical overlords of any operations—overseeing how all the parts of their product, including raw materials, information, and finance, move from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer. As more and more MBAs find employment as SCMs, more business school have added courses and concentrations in supply chain management.
If you’re a prospective MBA in the San Francisco metro, take this deeper dive into these supply chain management programs.
Edward S. Ageno School of Business – Golden Gate University
Golden Gate University’s Ageno School of Business offers supply chain management concentrations and certificates for MBAs who want to work in high-tech manufacturing, engineering and construction, biotech, and consumer retail. The school offers an MBA concentration that covers product and process design, choosing appropriate technology, adopting efficient work methods, planning (including location and facilities layout), streamlining the flow of people and materials, and continuously improving the quality of the final product.
Meanwhile, GGU’s Graduate Certificate program is designed to train students to become successful in the global supply chain management arena. The certificate is for folks who wish to expand their understanding of the supply chain field, but may not want to commit to an entire MBA program.
Haas School of Business – UC Berkeley
One of the general management fundamentals taught as part of the Haas MBA is Operations and Information Technology Management. Topics covered in this section of the MBA program includes semiconductor yield management, information management on the Internet, information technology in financial markets, electronic markets, testing of digital circuits, management of product variety in supply chains and new product development in software industry. The school’s Supply Chain Management Initiative and the Fisher Center for Information Technology and Management have also created opportunities for extended interaction with industry. The Berkeley MBA program also features a technology emphasis, which features specialized offerings for students like Supply Chain Management and Cleantech to Market.
Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Stanford University offers a Supply Chain Management: Strategies and Innovations Executive Education Program through the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The rigorous program costs $12,600 and teaches various strategies for containing costs, improving margins, and reducing a products time to market. However, this program may not be for all MBAs: It is recommended for supply chain leaders and senior-level executives with a broader level of strategic responsibility who recognize the importance of supply chain innovation to their organization’s overall success.
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University of San Francisco School of Management
The University of San Francisco School of Management offers MBA 6512 Supply Chain Management to it’s MBA students. The course covers concepts ranging from marketing, operations, information technology and international business while exposing students the important principles of lead-time reduction, risk pooling, postponement, inventory placement, and information value.
Lucas Graduate School of Business – San Jose State University
All Lucas Graduate School of Business MBA students are required to take the Operations and Supply Chain Management course. The class is an analysis of effective and efficient flow of materials, products, services, and information within and across organizations. Topics covered included: process flow analysis, capacity planning, quality, lean supply chain, layout, aggregate planning, supply chain networks, inventory management, sourcing, ERP, and logistics planning.
The school also offers am elective course called Advanced Topics in Global Supply Chain Management. The class is an in depth analysis of current issues in global SCM with emphasis on industry best practices from around the globe. Students learn more about continuous replenishment, value of information, outsourcing, collaboration, strategic alliances, e-SCM, supply chain risk, performance metrics, and SCM simulations.
San Francisco State University College of Business
The San Francisco State University College of Business offers an MBA emphasis in Decision Sciences/Operations Research. Students on this track will learn how to apply analytical methods and computer-based tools to problems in a wide variety of settings. The emphasis features coursework such as DS 855: Supply Chain Management. According to the school, the class covers the concepts of competitive strategy and sustainability, aggregate planning and managing the marketing/operations interface, inventory management and procurement strategy, design of supply chain networks, and the role of IT.