Bridging the gap between university and industry: experiences with a senior level undergraduate supply chain course

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Steenhuis, Harm-Jan and Bruijn de, Erik J. (2005) Bridging the gap between university and industry: experiences with a senior level undergraduate supply chain course. In: Sixteenth Annual Conference of POMS, April 29 – May 2, 2005, Chicago, IL.

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Abstract:Teaching operations and supply chain management courses can be challenging
especially because textbook materials and “real” life experiences don’t always coincide.
At Eastern Washington University a new approach has been introduced with a heavy
emphasis on practical knowledge, i.e. oriented towards careers in supply chain
management.
The approach taken is comprehensive, i.e. both purchasing and logistics aspects of
supply chain management are treated, and focuses on analysis and the application of
theories rather than for example memorization of textbook material. More than half of
the time, students were interacting with companies either in company visits, during which
students had to analyze the specific supply chains and their implications for management,
and in small projects during which students performed quantitative analysis to help
companies.
Despite several challenges, the approach has led to increased industry interaction, more
practically oriented knowledge for students, increased knowledge on job opportunities
and requirements, and industry feedback on class content
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
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Management and Governance (SMG)
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