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Supply Chains in the Eye of the Storm

Supply Chains in the Eye of the Storm

Supply chain managers have an array of SCM concepts, strategies and tools at their disposal to predict and mitigate disruptions caused by natural disasters.


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.


Being an Effective Leader Without Losing Respect

Being an Effective Leader Without Losing Respect

Anyone who takes on a leadership position in an organization has a tough line to walk. So should managers choose compassionate leadership or “no more Mr. Nice Guy”?


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.


Revisiting the Basics Can Help You Solve Sophisticated Hospitality Problems

Revisiting the Basics Can Help You Solve Sophisticated Hospitality Problems

These basic resources can be very helpful in addressing many of the problems confronting today’s hospitality operators.


7 Aspects of Business Analytics All Managers Should Understand

7 Aspects of Business Analytics All Managers Should Understand

Business analytics has become an important tool for developing detailed project plans and is key for managing how to invest and allocate resources.


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.


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.


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.


How Hiring the Right People Can Increase Overall Hotel Quality

How Hiring the Right People Can Increase Overall Hotel Quality

Hospitality leaders want to hire and retain great employees with a positive attitude and the appropriate knowledge and skills, or the ability to learn and acquire them.


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.


Faculty Spotlight: Jack Ninemeier

Faculty Spotlight: Jack Ninemeier

Professor Ninemeier speaks about the integrated nature of MSU’s hospitality program and its focus on the business of hospitality makes it a good fit for people seeking to enter the hospitality field.


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.


How to Manage a Green Stadium Through Supply Chain Management

How to Manage a Green Stadium Through Supply Chain Management

With a focus on sustainability, the NFL has taken steps to "go green" through the use of supply chain management. Read on to discover how the NFL is already accomplishing its goal, and what strategies they are using to reduce waste and improve stadium sustainability.


An Era of Opportunity for T-Shaped Supply Chain Talent

An Era of Opportunity for T-Shaped Supply Chain Talent

Supply chain professionals who can effectively optimize the end-to-end operations and be strategic leaders - also known as T-shaped professionals - are now in demand for their in-depth disciplinary knowledge, as well as their ability to see and influence the bigger picture.


Technology Transforming the Seafood Supply Chain

Technology Transforming the Seafood Supply Chain

The seafood industry is using traceability technology to boost transparency and efficiency along its supply chain. The challenge lies in getting companies to integrate new technology into existing processes.


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.


Knowledge and Endless Possibilities

Knowledge and Endless Possibilities

Learn how an assignment in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake inspired Rasheen Chatmon, a maintenance warrant officer in the U.S. Army, to pursue a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University.


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.


A Degree of Global Renown

A Degree of Global Renown

For Ana Cifuentes Gonzalez, a senior purchasing manager with German supermarket chain Lidl, the top-ranked MS in Supply Chain Management program at Michigan State University offered prestige and flexibility.


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.


Reward System for Success

Reward System for Success

While serving in the U.S. Navy, Jennifer earned an associate's in computer technologies, bachelor’s in computer science, master’s in business administration, before earning her Master of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership degree from MSU.


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.


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. 



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.