From the Director
After surveying and interacting with numerous corporations in the Chicago and Midwest region, the message was quite clear: there is an urgent need to have a university fill the void and become the go to place in the Chicago area for supply chain management. To meet this growing need the Supply and Value Chain Center of the Quinlan School of Business was launched earlier this year. Practitioners from various industries, along with academics and students will now be able to come together to exchange ideas about the world of supply and value chain.
The vision of the SVCC is to be the go to place for all facets of the global supply and value chain. In addition to conducting research on the core components of the chain such as product life cycle management; product design; sourcing; manufacturing; warehouse management; transportation management; etc. a focus will be placed on benchmarking; lean and six sigma; risk and sustainability; collaboration; and innovation and emerging technologies.
The Supply and Value Chain Center will have a laser-like focus on achieving our goals: producing research that is second to none; offering timely executive supply chain management education programs, workshops, symposiums, and certification; bringing thought leadership to the table; providing a hub for collaboration between industry, government and academia; and delivering a sound perspective on future trends in the global supply and value chain arena.
The bottom line is that we plan to make a significant positive contribution and difference, with regard to the supply and value chain, in both the business and academic communities.