IU Kelley School of Business to Offer MBA With a Concentration In Supply Chain Management
August 13, 2008
In today’s global economy, consumers demand quick, innovative and pensive business solutions. With increased competition worldwide and ever-changing technology, optimizing and understanding the business processes involved in building supplier networks, planning, sourcing, and delivering goods are increasingly more critical to the financial sustainability of a company. For this reason, more businesses are seeking experts with skills in the area of logistics and supply chain management. Beginning in the fall, the Kelley School of Business will add supply chain management as a concentration in the Evening MBA Program, which holds classes on the IUPUI campus and in Carmel. The school currently offers an undergraduate degree concentration.
“More and more companies today have to worry about a network of customers, suppliers and distributors that spans the globe- that makes supply chain management a critical part of doing business,” said Mohan Tatikonda, associate professor of operations and technology management at the Kelley School of Business at Indianapolis. Tatikonda is a well-regarded expert in the supply chain management industry.
Logistics and supply chain management not only drive the world economy, but also offer a sustainable competitive advantage to manufacturers and distributors who rely on them. For Indiana, with its quintessential location in the heart of the Midwest, this industry has been an important economic force that provides jobs, which in turn support the local economy. It is for this reason that in June of 2007, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), an alliance of chief executive officers of major regional employers and university presidents, launched Conexus Indiana. Conexus Indiana works to develop a highly skilled manufacturing workforce, create industry collaborations to explore new business opportunities and market Indiana’s manufacturing and logistics strengths.
“In Central Indiana alone, logistics employment is projected to grow 20 percent over the next five years - we believe that Kelley graduates will be leading this trend, and help solidify Indiana’s position as a global supply chain hub,” Tatikonda said. “Because of our geography and infrastructure, Central Indiana’s logistics sector is growing and creating a demand for talent that we can help meet.”