What sort of code of ethics should you hold yourself to?

What sort of code of ethics should you hold yourself to?

As a student you are representing your university to all employers. Misrepresentations or inaccuracies concerning your qualifications on your resume or within your online profile are a serious violation of most schools' recruiting standards and could result in your loss of access to all of their placement related services. Here are examples... Misrepresentation Students are required to present themselves truthfully and ethically to employers, the University, and Career Services. GPA’s,...
Will technology replace supply chain jobs?

Will technology replace supply chain jobs?

No, not if you develop your soft skills and learn how to use the technology to do your job better, faster, and cheaper (with a focus on strategic issues). My first SCM job was very tactical and has been replaced by technology and automation. Over half of our SCM students also minor in Business Analytics (e.g., big data/analytics, database management, data mining, project management, SQL, Python, PMO, Tableau, Power BI)....
Advice on getting a Ph.D. in business (i.e., SCM – any desire to be a college professor)?

Advice on getting a Ph.D. in business (i.e., SCM – any desire to be a college professor)?

I actually had a couple of students inquire about getting their Ph.D.'s in SCM. Pasted below is my generic response to students to sell them on the opportunity. Let's begin with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HTWvJ-tSLU&t=936s Salary Ranges for Associate Professor Supply Chain Management. The salaries of Associate Professor Supply Chain Management in the US range from $136,000 to $204,000 , with a median salary of $170,000 . The middle 67% of Associate Professor Supply Chain...
Notice what happens to salaries as you get certified and get a graduate degree…

Notice what happens to salaries as you get certified and get a graduate degree…

Careers in Purchasing and Supply Management Average Salaries (this is actually a few years old so the current numbers are even bigger) The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) surveyed supply management professionals during January and February to determine average salaries in the supply management profession. This report presents summary results of the survey that is based upon salaries earned during the calendar year. A full report is available to ISM...
How much Python do I need to know in order to excel in supply chain data analytics?

How much Python do I need to know in order to excel in supply chain data analytics?

I am very comfortable in saying Python and R are the two most popular languages in analytics, but I think Python prevails. Python is a nice tool for statistics, machine learning and data mining. Most students that are learning Python for data analysis are likley learning in the Jupyter environment. This combination offers a wealth of data analysis and visualization tools, which are covered in our CIS 2650 (Data Analytics)...
If a company wanted to get started with using Robotic Process Automation (RPA), where and how should they begin?

If a company wanted to get started with using Robotic Process Automation (RPA), where and how should they begin?

Have you heard of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)? That is basically software that makes use of ML and AI to do routine manual SCM activities like process a Purchase Order. The process is manual, tactical, and clerically driven. However, that RPA software is learning from itself on how to do things better, faster, and cheaper. For example, RPA could start saying things like: I think we are paying too much,...
Will I have to learn and do a lot of coding in SCM?  Answer: No, but…

Will I have to learn and do a lot of coding in SCM? Answer: No, but…

I would say very very little coding. Our Business Anaytics minor does require a Python class, but I would not call it a coding class, far from it.   This describes our Python class (CIS 2650): CIS 2650 is not just a "Python" class, but instead a Python class for analytics (big difference). In a traditional Python class, people teach Python straight for the whole semester with tons of syntax, data structure, software development, etc. That type of class is mostly designed...
What technology classes should I take?

What technology classes should I take?

Why was the WMU ISM supply chain program ranked 2nd in SCM technology by SoftwareAdvice?Answer: Because our students minor in Business Analytics* *(e.g., big data/predictive analytics, database management, data mining, project management, SQL, Python, PMO, Tableau, Power BI, etc.) CIS 2640 - Applied Analytics Foundations This is the first business analytics course designed to give students comprehensive skills and in- depth knowledge to summarize, filter, present, transform and analyze business...
How important are engineering skills in Supply Chain Management? Can you talk to engineers?

How important are engineering skills in Supply Chain Management? Can you talk to engineers?

A company forwarded me a job posting for an entry level position in supply chain & they especially wanted a SCM major with some of these skill sets (Special Product Procurement Specialist):1. Collaborate with engineers, manufacturing team members, designers, suppliers, tool builders, and associates to complete Engineering Change Orders. (Our students learn this in EDMM 1420: Engineering Graphics)2. Must be familiar in the use of common quality system processes such...
Another student question:  What subjects are required in supply chain management?

Another student question: What subjects are required in supply chain management?

Note, WMU requires twice the SCM coursework of most programs, the difference is in our CIS and engineering classes. MGMT 2800—Intro to Supply ManagementMGMT 3200—Managing ERP Systems (SAP)MGMT 3810—Experiential Live Six-Sigma Lean Problem-Solving (DMAIC & A3)EDMM 3280—Quality Assurance and ControlEDMM 1420—Engineering GraphicsEDMM 1500/1501—Intro to Manufacturing/Processes and Materials in ManufacturingMKTG 3720—Sourcing and PurchasingMKTG 4630—Supply Chain LogisticsMGMT 4640—Production Management and ControlLAW 4840—International Business Law or LAW 4860—Marketing and Sales Law (Advanced Contract Negotiation)...