Top 10 US supply chain management schools

Top choices include MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics; The Wharton School; Stanford Graduate School of Business; and Scheller College of Business

MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

Director: Yossi Sheffi
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The MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics is a research centre based at MIT that focuses on transportation and logistics systems. 

It was founded in 1973 and is dedicated to advancing knowledge and technology in transportation and logistics, and improving the performance of these systems in both the public and private sectors.

It has two supply chain management masters options and also runs a six-week course for supply chain professionals, on transforming climate pledges into actionable strategies through better supply chain management. 

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Dean: Jon Levin
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The Stanford Graduate School of Business is a top-ranked business school located in California. It was founded in 1925 and is one of the seven schools of Stanford University. It is known for its focus on technology and innovation in the supply chain industry.

Topics covered include: definition of a supply chain; coordination difficulties; pitfalls and opportunities in SCM; inventory and service trade-offs; performance measurement and incentives; global SCM; supplier management; design and redesign of products and processes for SCM; tools for analysis; industrial applications; and current industry initiatives.

The Wharton School 

Dean: Erika James
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The Wharton School is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1881 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious business schools in the world. It offers undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD programs in business and management. 

Its Supply Chain and Operations course focuses on the strategic aspects of supply chain management. Wharton's six-week online Global SCM Program provides a comprehensive understanding of today's global supply chain challenges.

Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Dean: Ravi Anupindi
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The Ross School of Business was founded in 1924 and offers undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD programs in business and management.  It’s known for its commitment to developing leaders who make a positive impact in the world.It offers a wide range of academic concentrations, including supply chain management. 

The course offers “a holistic, hands-on understanding of supply chain management”, and promises to lead students through any challenge in this evolving industry”. It is a 10-month, STEM-designated program for college graduates and is focused on end-to-end, global supply chain management.

Scheller College of Business

Dean: Maryam Alavi
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The Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology is known for its emphasis on technology and data analytics in the supply chain sector. It’s highly regarded for its supply chain management program, which is consistently ranked among the top programs in the country. 

The school's research centres include the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, and the Institute for People and Technology.

Carnegie Mellon University

Leader: Inki Sul, Visiting Assistant Professor of Operations Management
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Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. It was founded in 1900 by the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and is known for its strengths in technology, engineering, and business.

Its Supply Chain Management (SCM) course covers inventory planning, the inventory-order interface and network design. It tackles real-world supply chain management challenges, with an emphasis on approaches to increase the flexibility and responsiveness of supply chains. 

Haas School of Business

Dean: Ann Harrison
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The University of California, Berkeley was founded in 1868. Its Haas School of Business is highly regarded for its focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability, as well as its strong supply chain management program.

The programme centres on sustainability and social responsibility in the supply chain industry. The aim being to help students understand the environmental and social challenges of complex supply chains, and ways to match supply and demand that don’t contravene social and environmental issues.

McCombs School of Business

Leader: Jay Hartzell, President
The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas is well-regarded for its focus on technology and analytics in the supply chain industry. The course looks at the systems approach taken by companies, suppliers, and partners to deliver manufactured products and services to the end customer. It offers global study trips, consulting projects with real companies, and entrepreneurship programs.
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Krannert School of Management

Leader: David Hummels
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Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management has a focus on quantitative analysis, data-driven decision-making, and entrepreneurship, as well as a strong supply chain management program.  

Supply chain students learn the processes involved in the complete product cycle, from supplier to customer. It says of its course: “Successful future supply chain and operations leaders need a broad understanding of many business functions, from finance to accounting to human resources and leadership, and that's what we provide.”

Sam M Walton College of Business

Leader: Matt Waller, Dean
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The Sam M Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas offers students learning based around technology and analytics in supply chain. It was founded in 1926 and is named after Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, who was an alumnus of the university.

It prepares students for careers in carrier management, logistics management, and with companies that manufacture, sell, and distribute consumer goods to retailers. The school's research centres and initiatives include the Center for Business and Economic Research, the Center for Supply Chain Management Excellence, and the McMillon Innovation Studio.


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