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Distribution Center Best Practices

Distribution Center Best Practices

Distribution centers are driven by technology and focus on relationships with suppliers and customers. Safe and efficient practices are necessary to reduce errors, labor and cycle time, and increase accuracy and service.


4 Reasons to Choose a Supply Chain Management Career

4 Reasons to Choose a Supply Chain Management Career

Supply chain management is among the fastest growing career fields in the U.S., with high demand for knowledgeable professionals. Here are four reasons to actively seek out a career in supply chain management.


Baking Teamwork Into the Company Culture

Baking Teamwork Into the Company Culture

Teamwork can be essential to any company's success and it is no accident leading organizations strive to make it part of the business fabric. With the right ingredients, you can instill a culture of teamwork that can spread through the entire organization.


Potential Career Paths in the Hospitality Industry

Potential Career Paths in the Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry offers several career paths for professionals at all levels to hone their skills and gain knowledge in areas such as hospitality operations, management and leadership. Here are three potential career paths in the hospitality field, along with their education requirements, earning potential and projected job outlook.   


How Education Can Help You Move Up in Hospitality Management

How Education Can Help You Move Up in Hospitality Management

Education is becoming more important in hospitality management jobs. A hospitality management certificate or bachelor's degree can provide job seekers with enhanced prospects as competition for jobs in the industry increases.


Actionable Tips to Analyze Unstructured Data

Actionable Tips to Analyze Unstructured Data

Structured information can define or identify behaviors while unstructured data provides a more complete explanation, description or prediction of a particular behavior or change in demand. The key is to extract what you need to know to make informed decisions for your organization.


Using Data-Driven Recruitment to Bolster Engagement and Productivity

Using Data-Driven Recruitment to Bolster Engagement and Productivity

A number of corporations are learning how to gather big data through behavioral analyses and other methods to reveal the things they don’t know or aren’t even thinking about when it comes to prospective employees.


How Business Analytics is Changing the Way Companies Market to Consumers

How Business Analytics is Changing the Way Companies Market to Consumers

Big data helps marketers gather insights about their customers in order to engage with them more effectively. Using business analytics helps companies develop smarter business strategies and target customer needs by focusing their messaging of a product or service on what is best for the consumer. 


Analytics in College Hoops

Analytics in College Hoops

Analytics has become a driving force in college basketball. Data is examined and analyzed when making decisions about player recruitment, team building and management, game planning, and strategy to find ways to achieve results beyond relying on athletic ability.


MSU's Online Degree Program the Answer for Globetrotting Executive

MSU's Online Degree Program the Answer for Globetrotting Executive

As her professional responsibilities took her around the world, company executive Elizabeth Blass was still able to pursue her graduate degree through Michigan State's online MS in Management, Strategy and Leadership program.


The Value of a Graduate Certificate

The Value of a Graduate Certificate

Graduate certificates can provide a more focused, cost-effective alternative to acquiring additional knowledge in a specialized field for professionals unable to make the time or financial commitment to earning a master's degree.


Spotlight: Nancy Taylor

Nancy Taylor, director of the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program at Michigan State University, discusses how supply chain is a broad, strategic profession that can propel students forward in their careers.


Beyond the Horizon: Supply Chain Integration

Beyond the Horizon: Supply Chain Integration

Successful supply chain management involves working across multiple functions, processes and firms to bring value to the end consumer, says Michigan State University Professor Judith Whipple.


Retail Restructuring: Managing Change in the Age of Amazon

Retail Restructuring: Managing Change in the Age of Amazon

Large retailers have seen sales at store locations dip significantly as they struggle to compete in light of consumers with ever-increasing options both online and in stores. 


Executing Smooth and Permanent Organizational Change

Executing Smooth and Permanent Organizational Change

People often resist change because they fear being disengaged from the familiar, or don't feel they were involved in decisions surrounding the change. However, there are a number of ways to overcome resistance and ensure a smooth transition.


The Missing Element to Help Your Restaurant Take Off

The Missing Element to Help Your Restaurant Take Off

Knowledge of marketing, accounting, leadership and other management abilities can be essential to a restaurant's success. Restaurant managers who learn these aspects of the business can ensure guests receive the top-level service they expect.


What is Business Analytics?

What is Business Analytics?

Using business analytics, companies explore data to make smart decisions based on relevant information extracted. Built on statistical data, analytics can drive business planning even though it requires a comprehensive understanding of the volume and variety of information.


MSU Degree Prepares Business Owner for New Positions, Challenges

MSU Degree Prepares Business Owner for New Positions, Challenges

From setting strategy to mapping outcomes and building better relationships, entrepreneur Ellen Lux is applying concepts learned in MSU's online MS in Management, Strategy and Leadership program.


MSU's Master of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership Now Ranked 16th Best Online Graduate Business Program

MSU's Master of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership Now Ranked 16th Best Online Graduate Business Program

U.S. News & World Report released the latest edition of its Best Online Graduate Business Program rankings. Michigan State University's Master of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership (MSMSL) took the number 16 spot in the non-MBA category.


MSU Faculty to Lead SCLA Peer Groups

MSU Faculty to Lead SCLA Peer Groups

Michigan State University Professors David Closs, PhD, and Judith Whipple, PhD, will lead discussion about the impact of technology on inventory planning and management during the Supply Chain Leaders in Action Annual Executive Business Forum.


Supply Chain Management Video Lecture

Supply Chain Management Video Lecture

Dr. David Closs explores the importance of Supply Chain Management by defining it in terms of the physical entities involved, and identifying key requirements for improving supply chain performance.


MSU Student Spotlight - Xuesi Li

MSU Student Spotlight - Xuesi Li

Xuesi Li's passion for shoes and supply chain led her to, "The King of Supply Chain Talent." "I appreciated the education I received from Michigan State, which has shaped me into a strong person and prepared me to handle different challenges in the competitive business world," Li said. 


Distribution Fulfillment Video Lecture

Distribution Fulfillment Video Lecture

Wondering how your product gets into the marketplace? Dr. Bixby Cooper explains the outcomes of channel mapping, map links, and alternatives for flows and functions.


Manufacturing Planning & Control Video Lecture

Manufacturing Planning & Control Video Lecture

Dr. Sri Talluri takes you through the Manufacturing Planning and Control System process while taking a deeper look into the specific areas of manufacturing and supply chain management.


Michigan State Grad 'Driven by Learning'

Michigan State Grad 'Driven by Learning'

U.S. Army veteran and business owner Mark Thompson says the MS in Management, Strategy and Leadership he earned online from Michigan State University provided the necessary tools for career success.


Strategic Sourcing Video Lecture

Strategic Sourcing Video Lecture

Learn the basic concepts of quality management, how they are applied and how they add value to procurement. Dr. Tobias Schoenherr shares his knowledge.



Strategic Negotiation Video Lecture

Strategic Negotiation Video Lecture

Think like a negotiator! Dr. Don Conlon explains the key concepts from research on the thinking patterns of negotiators.


Technology Executive's Quest Leads to MSL Program

Technology Executive's Quest Leads to MSL Program

When Jeff Day decided to return to school for a graduate degree, he sought out a Management, Strategy and Leadership program that aligned with his passions and interests. Michigan State offered "the credibility of industry experience and thought leadership."


Strategic Human Resource Management Video Lecture

Strategic Human Resource Management Video Lecture

Discover the responsibilities of human resource management. Dr. John R. Hollenbeck discusses the roles and activities conducted by a company's human resource team.


MSU Grad Revving Up Career at Harley-Davidson

MSU Grad Revving Up Career at Harley-Davidson

Since completing his MS in Management, Strategy and Leadership online, Ryan Farage has further advanced his career by taking on a new position as manager of Global Dealer Development Strategy with the iconic motorcycle company.


Dr.Gary L. Ragatz Discusses Supply Chain Management and Strategic Sourcing

Dr.Gary L. Ragatz Discusses Supply Chain Management and Strategic Sourcing

Dr. Gary L. Ragatz, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, talks about the connection between strategic sourcing and supply base management, and how supply base management is a method used to meet objectives strategic sourcing defines. Dr. Ragatz teaches courses in procurement, operations and supply chain management. 


Dr. John Hollenback on Potential Reasons for GM's Bankruptcy

Dr. John Hollenback on Potential Reasons for GM's Bankruptcy

MSU's Dr. John Hollenback speaks on the reasons behind General Motor's bankruptcy and how other large companies can avoid doing the same.


 Strategic Leadership Video Lecture

Strategic Leadership Video Lecture

Dr. Robert Wiseman explains how to recognize the difference between a good and bad strategy. Learn how to outmaneuver your partners by the value proposition you offer.


Online Classroom Delivers Real-Life Connections

Online Classroom Delivers Real-Life Connections

Learn how these Spartans built relationships and extended their professional networks in the online MS in Management, Strategy and Leadership program.


Strategic Decision Making Video Lecture

Strategic Decision Making Video Lecture

Think of decision making as problem solving. Dr. Richard Z. Gooding takes you through the stages and steps of the problem-solving process.


MSU Online Student Finds Network of Support

MSU Online Student Finds Network of Support

Learn how the support system for online students at Michigan State University eased a working mom's concerns about returning to grad school.


Hospitality Leadership Video Lecture

Hospitality Leadership Video Lecture

Learn how to attract the very best people to your organization. Dr. Ron Cichy identifies the most important keys to becoming a successful leader.


Introduction to MSU's Eli Broad College of Business from Dean Sanjay Gupta

Introduction to MSU's Eli Broad College of Business from Dean Sanjay Gupta


Dr. Robert Wiseman Explains the Value of a Company Wide Perspective

Dr. Robert Wiseman Explains the Value of a Company Wide Perspective

Michigan State University's Dr. Robert Wiseman discusses the value of a a company wide perspective for leaders making strategic decisions.