Supply Chain

 Trust — or the lack of trust — between suppliers and providers is an issue that has increasingly strained the health sector supply chain. “The recent healthcare policy changes have put increasing pressure on all stakeholders in the health sector supply chain,” explains Natalia Wilson, co-director of the Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “Money is tighter, quality expectations are higher. Suppliers and providers see that they have to work together. But how?”

The explosion of data can be traced to traditional internet sources, plus social media and new devices like smart phones, GPS, and tablets, but this expansion is equally apparent in everything from manufacturing to retail to health care. In this environment, being able to communicate what the data means can't alone answer the immediate need in business analytics  — there is strong, growing demand for leaders who can turn data into business solutions.

The annual research dissemination conference of the W. P. Carey School’s Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium is designed to bring practitioners and researchers together to talk about new knowledge and practical issue. The journals edited at the W. P. Carey School can also be a source of game-changing new ideas.

The W. P. Carey School’s supply chain management program has been and continues to be a key player in the development of the discipline, starting long before the supply chain concept coalesced from its component parts. Today, the demand for academic research in the area is strong, and companies are eager to hire graduates. In Part One of KnowSCM’s profile of the department, we take you on a windshield tour of its growth, going back to the very beginning.