Supply Chain

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.

Graduation is a proud day at a university, for students, family and the school. Today we introduce you to the May 2012 Outstanding Graduating Senior. In other news, supply chain management faculty publish in top tier journals, but the ideas generated here are disseminated in the popular and business media as well. Here's a small sample of what the world is reading about us. We also bring you news about an instructor whose talent in the classroom wins awards year after year. But enough about us; what are you up to? We're inviting you to let us know!

In his position as head of the procurement supply chain at BP, Dave Connor is responsible for managing a worldwide supply chain that operates in an environment of high risk. Recently, Connor was on campus for graduation, where the latest class of BP managers would receive the W. P. Carey MBA with a special emphasis on supply chain management. KnowSCM sat in on a conversation between Connor and Professor Dan Brooks as the two discussed the development of the supply chain discipline, managing risk in a supplier network, and how best to prepare for a career in this challenging field.

Chairman John Fowler reviews some of the highlights of the department of supply chain management in his welcome message for the first 2012 issue of KnowSCM.