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Broad Hosts Supply Chain Industry Trends Meeting

The Broad College of Business Department of Supply Chain Management hosted an interactive fall meeting to help industry leaders understand how trends in the field are affecting their businesses. “How Does Your Firm Measure Up with the Mega Trends” was held September 30 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. SuppylChain_4133

Dave Closs, department chair and the John H. McConnell Chair in Business Administration, and Pat Daugherty, Donald J. Bowersox and Robert W. Thull Chair in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, presented a benchmarking session. This session reviewed trends, organized firm representatives into focus groups to discuss them, and then reported out on the status and leading practices identified by each group. The benchmarking exercise provided a deeper understanding of “Mega Trends” and insight regarding how Supply Chain Council firms are adapting.

Phil Gardner, executive director of the MSU Career Network and director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute, spoke later on “Young Professionals Today: What They Bring to the Table & What Are Their Prospects.” The session previewed this year’s hiring outlook, released October 4, and its implications for supply chain talent. It also provided information on 22- to 32-year-olds (Millennials) as a cohort and myths and truths about their differences from other professionals in the workplace. He closed with thoughts on the anticipated changes in recruiting and how graduates will be facing constant disruptions in their careers.

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