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Developing Superior Supply Chain Talent

The job market for supply chain professionals is changing. In the past, people who wanted to prepare for a career in supply chain management focused on the narrow, specific education centered around supply chain itself. Now, however, the market requires new professionals who have a larger understanding of how supply chain fits into the business as a whole. This article from SupplyChainBrain explains this trend, how supply chains are reaching out to more areas of the business than before, and how academic institutions are attempting to adjust to the new needs of students and the companies that hire them alike: … Michigan State’s supply chain school is actively working with the other schools to develop people who know how to work in teams with people outside their core areas. “We bring them together to solve unstructured problems, the type of problems they are likely to see in industry, with the same type of team environment,” Closs says. “Universities typically are very good at in-depth and not so good at cross-functional, so what we are doing at MSU is working together in a proactive way to force interchanges between students and faculty. This ranges all the way from how faculty does research to how we put together classes and how we evaluate overall performance.” Universities are now making the effort to collaborate projects between students of multiple disciplines in order to more accurately replicate the world of supply chains. To this end, universities like MSU are linking supply chain, packaging, and engineering students together on the same projects in order to more accurately teach the flexibility and interdependence needed in business.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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