This course is integrative in nature, drawing upon concepts originally introduced in your core courses on operations management, statistics, marketing and strategy. As we shall see, quantitative approaches are often useful in leading us toward possible solutions. However, in many situations, it is sufficient merely to understand the critical issues and major tradeoffs involved. While many of the operational processes that we will consider in this course will appear familiar, most of you will find yourselves viewing them from a different perspective. Ultimately, this course aims to provide you with a conceptual framework and a set of analytical tools to enable you to understand the fundamental concepts, opportunities and challenges in the area of global supply chain management so that, as a manager, you can act wisely and to the best advantage.
(Offered Spring 2014)