Study Abroad Programs in Degree

Strategic Control

Design of strategic management control systems and use of managerial accounting data to support strategy implementation, performance monitoring, and change.

Strategic Decision Making

HCM818

Develop and refine your strategic decision-making skills as an individual and in working with a management team. Learn key decision-making concepts and processes necessary for developing and implementing long-term strategies that create a competitive advantage for your organization. Understand factors that impact individual and group decision-making processes as well as tools and techniques to improve strategic decision making. Learn how to avoid common decision-making errors and blunders that lead to failure in the competitive marketplace. This course is essential for executives leading the strategic decision-making processes as well as managers who participate in the process and want to impact the strategic direction of their organization.

 

Technology and Product Innovation Management

SCM883

In Technology and Product Innovation, students study the analysis and decision-making techniques that go into assessing new product innovations for a profitable high-tech company. Product planning concepts, tools and techniques and product development processes will be reviewed prior to live course sessions. These sessions apply concepts covered in the reviews and discuss case studies within organizations — detailing their strategies for innovation, planning, marketing, and execution of design. This course is open to master’s students in the Supply Chain Management major and intended for those focusing on the management of technology and product development. It is offered online in the fall, spring and summer terms.

Field Study/Research Project

SCM882

The Field Study/Research project is designed to help students apply the knowledge gained during the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program to research, analyze and develop a viable solution to an existing problem or opportunity within your organization. You are encouraged to work with your organization’s management team to identify a project area, gain support and develop a topic for study or research. All topics must be approved by the instructor prior to the start of the project. Upon completion, you will prepare a report detailing your analysis, results and recommendations. The course is offered in the fall and spring terms and is open to master’s students in Supply Chain Management who have completed SCM870, with a recommended completion of 21 credits in MS-SCM.

Logistics Operations Methods and Systems

SCM876

Logistics Operations Methods and Systems focuses on the microanalysis of logistics and transportation including customer service, order fulfillment, distribution, purchasing and operation of transportation services and supply chain strategy. You’ll develop a detailed understanding of how logistics management integrates and coordinates all logistics activities. You will also explore how to integrate logistics with other functions including marketing, sales, manufacturing, IT and finance. Complete the course with the knowledge to define the components of the logistics system, explain the relationship between logistics and other business systems, summarize the changing role of logistics in the global marketplace and illustrate network design basics and supply chain strategies. This course is open to master’s students in the Supply Chain Management major who have completed SCM870.

Strategy and Applications

SCM879

Students in Strategy and Applications explore the analysis and solution of supply chain management cases and simulations. This is the capstone class to MSU’s Master of Science in Supply Chain Management and integrates material from throughout the program. You will discuss the fundamental building blocks of routing, vehicle routing and facility location modeling using techniques covered in previous courses. During a three-day on-site logistics simulation, you will also engage in a dynamic supply chain simulation allowing you to operate a supply chain across nine time periods. This course fully explores the teamwork, communication, and job skills that are essential for leadership in the field and is open to master’s students in Supply Chain Management who have completed SCM870. 15 credits in MS-Supply Chain Management are recommended.

Analysis of Supply Markets

SCM848

Analysis of Supply Chain Management reviews how companies develop and design “category sourcing strategies” to support their business operations. You will examine why the design of a company’s supply base is important and how to evaluate and assess suppliers when developing the supply base. Other elements of sourcing strategies that will be covered include cost modeling, identifying and mitigating supply chain risk, finance, digital procurement and collaborative supplier relationships. This course is open to master’s students in the Supply Chain Management major and is offered in the fall, spring and summer terms.

Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management

SCM870

In the Intro to Logistics and Supply Chain Management course, students will learn why logistics, operations, and procurement are essential components within the supply chain and how together they work to deliver value to the customer. Taught by Dr. Judith Whipple, Bowersox-Thull Endowed Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Faculty Director of the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program, students will explore concepts crucial to understanding the fundamentals of supply chain management, including product flow, procurement, sourcing, forecasting, demand fulfillment, reverse logistics, production and operations management, as well as discover tools and techniques for analyzing and improving supply chain processes. By the end of the course, students should expect to have a thorough understanding of the flow of products from raw material sourcing and acquisition through delivery to the final customer.

Global Supply Chain Management

SCM881

Global Supply Chain Management is designed to help students better understand a firm’s global supply chain strategy. This course helps students understand decision-making strategies regarding the planning and operational aspects of global supply chains. You will learn to identify and leverage industry globalization drivers, explain worldwide infrastructures for supply chains and understand the logistics for purchasing and operations internationally. This course is open to master’s students in the Supply Chain Management major and is available on demand.

Distribution Fulfillment

SCM872

Distribution Fulfillment teaches students how to manage a firm’s value creation from initial product development through consumption. You will explore alternative approaches to developing customer value with an emphasis on transportation and the role of the supply chain in creating order fulfilment strategies. Topics will include examining motor carrier operations, importing strategies, aggregate inventories, operational issues in order fulfillment, international issues in distribution and ordering and strategies in fulfillment for brick-and-mortar retail. The course is open to master’s students in the Supply Chain Management major who have completed SCM870.

Applied Data Analysis

SCM871

Applied Data Analysis gives students a familiarity with quantitative and statistical methods which are widely used in the supply chain, operations, logistics and similar business-related functions. This course begins with a statistics tutorial to explain basic foundations, followed by in-depth study of hypothesis testing, regression and correlation analysis, linear programming and forecasting from analytics. By the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to perform case analyses by applying the methods you’ve learned. This course is open to master’s students in the Supply Chain Management major and is offered in the fall, spring and summer terms.

Manufacturing Planning & Control

SCM875

Manufacturing Planning and Control examines the functions required to match supply and demand in a manufacturing firm. You will explore the concepts needed in manufacturing planning and control, with emphasis on both short- and long-term demand forecasting, aggregate planning, cycle and safety inventory management, productivity analysis and sourcing and ordering policies. The role of information and modeling for inventory planning will be discussed as well as how to identify factors in forecasting and evaluating suppliers when making decisions. This course is open to master’s students in the Supply Chain Management major who have completed SCM870.

Communication in Supply Chain Management

COM874

Communication in Supply Chain Management focuses on helping students develop the interpersonal skills to excel in business settings, including presentations and interviews. You’ll explore casual conversation in relationship development, the role of customer engagement and critical conversations, how to adjust communication styles to the situation, problem-solving and negotiation and many more critical topics to help you be a confident leader in Supply Chain Management. This course is open to master’s students in the Supply Chain Management major with the approval of the department.

Change Management

Discover the role and process of organizational change management. Recognize types of change, know how to identify the need for change, and understand the change management process.

Strategic Sourcing

SCM886

Strategic Sourcing is intended to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of sourcing and how it forms the foundation of a company’s supply chain. It explores the integration and coordination of product innovation, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution and logistics for global competitiveness. The course provides insight into what strategic sourcing means to a firm, the importance of establishing a supplier portfolio, developing collaborative relationships with suppliers and leveraging capabilities with supply chains.  This course is open to master’s students in the Supply Chain Management major, offered in the fall, spring and summer.

Total Quality Management and Lean Enterprise

SCM874

TQM and Lean Enterprise is designed to help students develop and lead an efficient enterprise. You will study total quality management tools and practices and lean systems that focus on cost reduction, minimizing waste and quality improvement. The curriculum is focused on how to identify variance and reduce waste within the workplace structure and explores how to measure performance with the correct data to capture loss in a timely manner. This course is open to master’s students in the Supply Chain Management major who have completed SCM870 and is offered in the fall, spring and summer terms.

Leadership & Team Management

Develop your leadership and team development abilities through evidence-based management, readings, and laboratory application.

Skills: Leadership, Strategic Thinking, People Management, Collaboration/Coordination, Communication, Innovation/Creativity, Analysis, Coaching, Emotional Intell, Global Mindset, Change Management

Fundamentals of Human Resource Staffing

Scientific, legal, and administrative issues in talent acquisition, placement, and promotion.

Skills: Strategic Thinking, People Management, Collaboration/Coordination, Communication, Decision Making, Analysis, Culture/Cross-Culture, Global Mindset, Critical Thinking 

Leading A Strategy Change

Analyze issues related to role of leadership in the change process, with an emphasis on the need for and execution of change in strategy.

Skills: Leadership, Strategic Thinking, People Management, Communication, Culture/Cross-Culture, Adaptability, Emotional Intelligence, Change Management

Corporate Strategy

Discover the management strategy behind multi-business firms, conglomerates, and business groups. Topics will focus on mergers and acquisitions, firm scope, strategic alliances, corporate governance, and strategic leadership.

Skills: Strategic Thinking, Communication, Decision Making, Analysis, Conflict Resolution, Adaptability, Global Mindset, Change Management, Critical Thinking 

Analyzing Your Organization

Analyze how your organization manages people, group processes and organizational design. You’ll have the opportunity to review various aspects of your organization’s processes related to the management of people and suggest a plan to improve process effectiveness related to motivation, diversity, leadership, group performance and culture.

Talent Management & Development

How do you manage human resources to realize an organization’s goals and mission? Learn strategies for employee recruitment and development, performance management, succession planning and retention, career management and leadership development.

Skills: People Management, Coaching

Developing Reward & Compensation Systems

Learn how to apply compensation principles to organizational objectives and strategically use compensation systems to attract, motivate and retain employees. You’ll also discover the managerial aspects of paying employees at all organizational levels.

Skills: People Management, Analysis, Global Mindset, Critical Thinking

Negotiations and Conflict Resolution

This course will cover important topics regarding strategic negotiations, negotiation preparation, buyer-supplier relationship assessment, international negotiations, and negotiation simulation.

Skills: Collaboration/Coordination, Communication, Decision Making, Analysis, Culture/Cross-Culture, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, Adaptability, Global Mindset