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STARKVILLE, Mississippi—Since 2020, most consumers around the world have been impacted by issues in the global supply chain. From toilet paper shortages to pending ports, the pandemic and socio-political issues have strained the systems that produce goods, transport them and place them on store shelves.
Mississippi State’s new supply chain logistics program, the only one of its kind in the state, prepares students to help solve these problems affecting local, state, regional, national, and global economies.
“What people today call supply chain management has been around for a long time. It has always been part of us. You can’t have a civilized society without it,” said Frank Adams, MSU Mary Jo and Paul Karre Fellow and Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing, Quantitative Analysis, and Business Law at MSU College of Business. “We have a talent-driven program here that blossomed at the right time when industries were looking for solutions.”
Launching in the 2021-22 academic year, the Bachelor of Business Administration in Supply Chain Logistics builds on the core courses taught at MSU College of Business along with those specific to logistics, operations, sourcing and transporting goods and materials through global supply chains. Students must also take international and supply chain-related electives focused on distribution management, forecasting, and predictive analytics; consumer’s behavior; personal selling; commercial transaction law and other areas.
The new major reflects a decade of growing interest in the field. In 2012, the then concentration, which was added to the business school’s marketing degree, consisted of two students. Six undergraduates received the first major’s degrees in December, followed by 22 this spring and summer. About 78 students are working on their degrees this year, many of whom are pursuing double majors, along with another 36 students, which represents the last supply chain concentration that preceded the current major. To accommodate this growth, the program has added faculty including Chris Boone, assistant professor of supply chain management; Lu He, supply chain management instructor; and Jason Shin, assistant professor of supply chain management.
Early on, the Supply Chain Logistics faculty saw the potential of the concentration to become a full degree program, organized internal support and generated interest by linking industries and regional professionals to students and former students.
“We made it work by being very employer-centric, going out there and finding out who these people were and letting them know we were here. We understood that if we created a student attraction, the rest would take care of itself,” Adams said.
Early in the concentration, Adams hosted roundtables that connected students with a few industry professionals, many of whom were alumni, each semester. As interest in supply chain logistics grew, so did these networking events. The final Brown and White Supply Chain Day brought together 70 students and over 40 industry professionals, including 10 recent graduates from the supply chain program.
“When people think of supply chain, they think of being a truck driver or a warehouse worker. There’s so much more to it,” said Renee Graham, a supply chain logistics and marketing double major. Supply Chain, Tennessee, who is president of Maroon and White Supply Chain, the program’s student organization.”There’s so much you can do. There’s a place for everyone in supply chain logistics.” supply; it’s not just a one-size-fits-all major.
For more information about MSU’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Supply Chain Logistics, visit www.business.msstate.edu/academics/department-marketing-quantitative-analysis-business-law/supply-chain-management-concentration.
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