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It's official! You can now major in supply chain management at UNIBusiness

3 years ago
UNIBusiness Editor
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One of the most critical yet overlooked components of doing business is managing the supply chain logistics of getting a product from point A to point B. As it is a relatively young discipline, supply chain management is not typically the answer most incoming freshmen will give you when asked what they want to study. But now, due to the hard work and dedication of our staff, particularly Assistant Professors of Management Dan Bumblauskas and Andy Anderson, supply chain management has not only gotten more exposure in UNIBusiness, it is now officially its own major.

When Bumblauskas and Anderson both joined UNIBusiness in the fall of 2013, supply chain was an emphasis under the management major with approximately 40 students enrolled. As of fall of 2015, in only two short years, that number had more than tripled to around 130 students. Because of the growing interest from the students and the growing demand from employers, the decision came to make things official.

Under the leadership of Anderson and Bumblauskas, the curriculum has been redesigned and now the major has been officially approved to offer UNIBusiness students this option. The management department felt making supply chain management its own degree would bring benefits to all involved. A stand-alone title brings more credibility from an employer’s perspective, making these graduates even more in  demand than they already are as the  program currently has a 90+% placement rate within six months of graduation.

Bumblauskas feels this is a great move for the College and would encourage students to look into majoring in supply chain management for several convincing reasons. He explains that first of all, with supply chain being very much in demand right now, employment opportunities are plentiful. At this point in time, we don’t have enough students graduating each year to meet the demand of  employers.  Second, this is a field that will never stop growing. It’s driven by continuing to improve meaning there will always be room for new ideas and better ways to do things. And finally, this is an area with an extremely bright future. Traditionally it has been more visible on the manufacturing side, but companies in every industry are beginning to place more and more of an emphasis on supply chain. Supply chain management, in the service sector especially, is starting to accelerate its pace of adaptation and is really beginning to take off.

Congratulations and thank you to all who have made this possible; working tirelessly, filling out paperwork, and giving advice as well as support in this process. For more information about the major, check out this link or contact Dan Bumblauskas or Andy Anderson at daniel.bumblauskas@uni.edu or john.r.anderson@uni.edu.

 

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