1. Michigan State University
Michigan State's Eli Broad College of Business has announced plans for a new research institute, located in Midland, Mich., that will focus on value chain management. The institute, which is being bankrolled thanks to $15.5 million in pledges, will focus on evidence-based tools; quantitative assessment, monitoring and management of integrated supply chain solutions; and food- and water-focused research projects. Institute researchers plan to work with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers and corporate collaborators.
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In addition to housing the prominent research Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL) on the Cambridge, Mass., campus, MIT has established an international presence as well on several continents. The MIT Global SCALE (Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence) Network began about a decade ago with the Zaragoza Logistics Center in Spain, and the SCALE Network has since expanded with centers in South America (Colombia) and Asia (Malaysia). SCALE aims to create local supply chain talent in different regions of the world while opening up new opportunities for innovation.
3. Pennsylvania State University
The Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems at the Penn State Smeal College of Business offers undergraduate, Masters, PhD and executive education programs in supply chain management. The curriculum looks at the full spectrum of traditional supply chain processes, from procurement to manufacturing to fulfillment to logistics and reverse logistics, while also offering opportunities for students to develop information systems skills. Two new executive education programs were recently launched: a supply chain analytics program, focused on interpreting Big Data related to logistics and supply chain functions; and a transportation operations and sourcing program.
4. Arizona State University
Beginning in the fall of 2014, Arizona State will offer Classes will a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management and Engineering degree, believed to be one of the first such programs in the U.S. The degree program will be a joint effort between the W. P. Carey School's Supply Chain Management Department and the Industrial Engineering program in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Course work will take 21 months, culminating in a “capstone” project where students will apply their supply chain skills in a business environment.
5. Stanford University
The Value Chain Innovation Institute, part of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, is a collaborative effort that brings together faculty and students from multiple schools, departments, and disciplines within Stanford in partnership with practitioners in the business community. While Stanford may be best known for its studies of the bullwhip effect on supply chains, in recent years the school has conducted research in such areas as healthcare in developing economies, corporate social responsibility, greenhouse gas emissions, and logistics optimization.
6. Georgia Institute of Technology
The Supply Chain and Logistics Institute (SCL) at Georgia Tech, a unit of the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, focuses on supply chain engineering, a discipline the school defines as “the application of scientific principles to optimize the design and integration of supply chain processes, infrastructure, technology and strategy.” SCL, along with Broward College, recently was awarded a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop eight supply chain and logistics certifications in the areas of supply chain principles, inventory control, warehousing operations, transportation operations, customer service operations, demand planning, procurement, and manufacturing & service operations.
7. University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee is well regarded for its supply chain research projects, such as a study on the effects of the Hours of Service regulations on the trucking industry as well as a recent study on the challenges of integrating purchasing and logistics. UT also hosts twice-yearly Supply Chain Forums that include over 150 senior executives from top corporations, aimed at addressing key supply chain strategies, as well as recruiting UT’s business students. In addition, UT offers auditing capabilities to help companies benchmark their supply chains versus a best-in-class database.
8. Harvard University
In addition to publishing numerous influential supply chain studies in the HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW, the Harvard Business School has conducted research in several areas of supply chain management, focusing in particular on the role of SCM in sustainability, climate change, regulatory issues and risk management. A recent study looks at how various social factors can influence the auditing of supply chains in developing countries, and the role of international labor laws and codes of conduct in ensuring that workers are not being exploited.
9. Ohio State University
Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business includes faculty within two departments—Marketing & Logistics and Management Science—who are experienced with logistics management, operations management and supply chain management. Researchers have developed a supply chain framework that has been adopted within industry, including Coca-Cola. The school also hosts the Global Supply Chain Forum, a twice-yearly gathering of practitioners and academics. Current members include 3M, Amazon, Cargill, Dow Chemical, and Limited Brands.
10. Purdue University
Is it possible to shape a consumer’s behavior to the point that they will reliably purchase a particular brand? That’s one of the questions Purdue researchers are attempting to answer. Ongoing research at Purdue’s Krannert School of Management includes a project focused on shaping consumer demand within the supply chain. Researchers are developing a technique to predict an individual consumer’s behavior in response to a certain price or product promotion, and are testing the technique using transactional data from an online retailer.