What is Supply Chain Management?

Supply chain management has evolved over the past 50 years to become a highly sophisticated, technology-dependent and collaborative discipline that combines the business functions of purchasing, operations, inventory management and warehousing, customer service, and logistics.

Operations and supply chain management is focused on managing the flow of goods, information and cash, while exceeding customer expectations at the lowest total cost possible.

Supply chain management occurs globally in organizations and represents a strategic advantage for many companies. In a supply chain role, you will face challenges across operational, tactical and strategic levels of business decisions.

How the supply chain works:

Supply chain management career possibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Distribution manager
  • Supply chain analyst
  • Operations supervisor
  • Warehouse management
  • Production planner/scheduler
  • Customer service analyst
  • Purchasing planner
  • Commodity specialist
  • Sourcing specialist
  • Procurement specialist

Degree programs

Undergraduate: Operations & Supply Chain Management Major
In order to major in Operations & Supply Chain Management (OSCM), College of Business Administration students will need to take these six classes: OSCM 3001, OSCM 4010, OSCM 4130, one of OSCM 4020 OR OSCM 4025 OR OSCM 4040, and two OSCM electives along with other requirements in the college. Students entering Marquette University as of Fall 2017 will need to complete a required internship in order to graduate with the OSCM major.

Operations & Supply Chain Management Minor

Graduate: MBA with a specialization in Operations & Supply Chain Management