The MSU Supply Chain Management Council

Department of Supply Chain Management Supply Chain CouncilFor over 40 years the Supply Chain Management Council has supported the teaching, research, and business involvement of MSU faculty and students in purchasing, operations, transportation, and logistics management. Today’s globally competitive environment and increasing emphasis on quality, customer service, and responsiveness have made supply chain management more critical than ever. As MSU’s SCM Program prepares effective managers for industry, the Council helps fund the operating expenses supporting extracurricular activities, such as national student competitions and the Leadership Academy. Council support for extracurricular activities is a vital factor in achieving and maintaining our ranking by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 undergraduate Supply Chain Management business specialization in the nation since 2010.

Mission: The Council supports SCM undergraduate education and academic activities through funding, advice on curriculum, classroom case development, undergraduate leadership development, career readiness, job-search skills, internship recruitment, cooperative learning, and full-time employment opportunities.

Criteria for Membership:Membership on the Council is gained by either invitation or request and requires a three-year commitment with an annual contribution. The 2014 contribution was $8,000 per year to the SCM Program. A discount is offered on the three-year membership with a one-time payment. Some members designate part of their contributions for specific activities, such as leadership development or the Supply Chain Challenge. Additional contributions are gratefully accepted.

Role of Members: SCM Council members are encouraged, whenever feasible, to recruit students from the SCM Program for internships, co-operative work, or full-time entry-level positions; to participate in the annual SCM career fair and Council meetings; and to engage with students and faculty in extracurricular activities. Assistance in these efforts will be provided by the Corporate and Student Relations Office.

Value Proposition for Members: Members become closely affiliated with the most respected supply chain management educational program in the nation, which gives them strong name recognition among students and faculty and enhances their reputations among business peers. Member company names are showcased in our lobby, an entryway for visitors and a meeting space for students. Members may participate in mock interviews for SCM students, take part in classroom presentations, work with faculty on projects, and meet with the student-led Supply Chain Management Association. Collaboration with the College of Engineering on “Design Day,” beginning in Spring 2015, will show members how SCM students work with engineering students on projects proposed by the Council to solve real-world issues. Also, the department shares information on recruiting, current research, collaborations, and other relevant topics at Council meetings.

Value Proposition for SCM: For MSU, membership funds help to create a standard of excellence in supply chain management education, enabling the SCM Department to provide superior knowledge and educational products.

2014 Members of the Council:



Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc.

BASF Corporation

The Boeing Company

Chrysler Group LLC

Dow Chemical Company

Dow Corning

Ford Motor Company

General Electric

General Motors Foundation

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Great Lakes Wine and Spirits

HAVI Global Solutions

Hess Corporation

John Deere

La-Z-Boy Incorporated

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation

Shell Oil Company

United Technologies Corporation