The College of Business at Valparaiso University has developed both a major and a minor in the growing field of supply chain and logistics management. The degree will prepare business leaders to manage complex operations across myriad industries, from technology and manufacturing to consultancy and retail.
“The manufacturing and transportation hub of Northwest Indiana provides ideal career opportunities for supply chain and logistics management graduates,” said Sanjay Kumar, Ph.D., associate professor of information and decision science, who led the initiative to bring this program to Valpo’s College of Business. Kumar added that the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals reported that supply chain and logistics management careers provide high-paying jobs, with the demand of graduates exceeding the supply six to one.
Supply chain managers impact the overall success of a business and are involved in every element of the organization — purchasing, planning, transportation, production and storage, as well as the threads that connect the different elements. Valpo’s program will equip students for these cross-functional roles through new courses in global logistics management, advanced analytical methods and enterprise resource planning systems, which gives students hands-on experience with ERP software used in the workplace.
A recent study from Supply Chain Insights showed the top strengths required in the industry to be problem solving, strong analytical skills and the ability to see the big picture. The research firm also states that 25–33 percent of the supply chain workforce is at or past retirement age, leading to increased opportunities for the next generation to enter this in-demand industry.
Valpo’s College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, placing it among the top 5 percent of business schools internationally and affirming the college’s commitment to high-quality learning outcomes and innovative curricula. The major and minor in supply chain and logistics management joins existing programs in accounting, business analytics, finance, international business, management and marketing.