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For more than 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 & World Report as the #1 undergraduate supply chain management business specialization in the nation since 2010.


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.

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,” begun in spring 2015, shows 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 Department of Supply Chain Management to provide superior knowledge and educational products.