Every organization has internal supply chains and links to external suppliers and customers. Interlinking organizations span the spectrum from raw materials to finished products and services in the hands of the consumer. The supply chain extends even to final disposition of the commodities consumed from concept to grave. The structured dependency of such chains, the uncertainty of forecasts, and systemic delays are amplified as individual links in the supply chain try to optimize their performance. Even minor changes in the market can cause wild swings in economic performance.
The solution to stabilizing the supply chain must be based upon cooperative, systemic measurements, correct communications between elements, rapid responses to actual demand, and careful selection of inventory buffers and locations. The contributions of design for manufacturability, six sigma quality improvement, operation theories, information systems, enterprise planning, and theory of constraints replenishment all contribute to understanding the solution. It is possible for supply chains of independent business units to reduce their inventory investment, shorten response time, minimize stock-outs, increase variety, and cut operations costs all at the same time. A well functioning supply chain can dramatically reduce waste and increase productivity and profits.
Career Benefits and Advancement
This certificate provides supervisors and managers with the knowledge and skills needed to be more effective in the workplace or prepares those who wish to pursue those roles and advance their careers. When completed, you will be able to:
- Understand strategy and tactics of supply chain management
- Explain the causes of dysfunctional actions
- Contribute to stabilizing individuals and linkages in the supply chain
- Establish the correct communication signals to improve response time with less inventory
- Correctly position protective inventory and know how to adjust the level as demand and variability require
- Know the right measurements to use inside and between supply chain linkages
- Describe ways to reduce chaotic variability and control the entire supply chain from start to finish
Students must successfully complete four courses (12 credit hours). No prerequisites required. Course descriptions and syllabi can be found on the Individual Courses page.
- E M 560 Integrated Supply Chain Management
- E M 530 Applications of Constraints Management
- E M 567 Systems Supportability and Logistics Management
- One of:
- E M 568 Risk Assessment and Management
- E M 590 Leading Design and Innovation
Minimum requirements for admission to the certificate program include:
- a bachelor’s degree
- 3.0 undergraduate GPA
- a personal statement
- a résumé
Because the certificates consist of regular graduate courses, admission to the graduate school is still necessary.