The GSCI Difference
For nearly a century, the University of Tennessee has paved the way as an institutional leader in supply chain education. From its roots in transportation and logistics through to its current focus on end-to-end supply chain management, UT prepares the next generation of researchers, professionals and executives in the discipline.
Created in 2011 by the Department of Supply Chain Management and Graduate and Executive Education in UT’s Haslam College of Business, the Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI) establishes the university’s place as the preeminent global hub for supply chain thought leadership and talent development.
- As of fall 2022, supply chain management is UT’s most popular academic major. There are more than 1,450 undergraduates, 550 collaterals, and 400 graduates currently enrolled in one of our programs.
- Undergraduates who complete the program earn median incomes of $60,000 post-graduation. Those who participate in the honors program known as Scholars of Distinction earn a median income of $68,000.
- 86% of undergraduate majors are placed with a company by graduation. More than 130 companies actively recruit UT SCM students each year.
- Since 2020, undergraduate majors have increased by 19%. Enrollment in the Master of Supply Chain Management online program has increased by 76% during the same time period.
- The university’s twice annual Supply Chain Forum is among the leading industry events for supply chain practitioners, providing them with an opportunity to network as well as gain insights from top academic researchers in the discipline. It is the largest event of its kind, with hundreds of industry professionals from more than 70 businesses in attendance each spring and fall.
The Supply Chain Management Journal List, which ranks universities by research output in leading academic journals, ranks UT No. 3 in the nation. Research.com, the top research portal for scientists, ranks two UT SCM professors among its Top 500 Best Scientists in the area of business and management.
What is Supply Chain Management?
The University of Tennessee is home to supply chain management programs that are consistently ranked among the best in North America for quality, relevance, and value.
Graduate supply chain program in the U.S. (Gartner, 2022)
Undergraduate supply chain program in the U.S. (Gartner, 2022)
- #1 U.S. EMBA program for alumni satisfaction (Financial Times, 2022)
- #1 Online graduate business program for student veterans among public institutions (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
- #2 Online graduate business program among public institutions (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
- #3 Graduate supply chain program among public institutions (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
- #4 Undergraduate supply chain program among public institutions (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)
- #6 Nationally for custom executive education programs (Financial Times, 2020)
- Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management
- Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Online
- Full-Time MBA, SCM Concentration
- Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain
- PhD in Supply Chain Management
- SCM Foundations
- SCM Leadership Academy
Advanced Supply Chain Collaborative
An initiative that partners faculty with companies to serve as a collaborative think tank for exploring advanced concepts in supply chain management. Recent projects include economic inclusion and diverse supplier development, the economics of urban delivery, aligning data valuation and governance for digitalization success, organizational agility and the ROI of agility.
- Bush Brothers & Company
- Kenco Logistics
- Pfizer, Inc.
- Shaw Industries
- Schneider Electric
Composed of senior leaders from Supply Chain Forum partners, the board meets twice yearly to help GSCI chart the course for how best to fulfill its goals
GSCI’s archive of white papers produced by faculty, often with the collaboration of external partner organizations, are a vital resource for supply chain professionals and students seeking to explore the latest trends and challenges and learn best practices and innovative approaches to their work.
A selection of recently published papers:
- Winning Supply Chain Transformational Leadership Practices
- Understanding and Valuing the Impact of Agility in Your Supply Chain
- Unlocking Value through Sustainable Procurement
- When Is(n’t) Blockchain Right?: A Decision Guide for Supply Chain Professionals
- Advancing E2E Agile Resiliency in Supply Chains
Supply Chain Forum
For 25 years, the forum has gathered professionals from a range of industries to network and learn from each other and UT faculty. The forum is open to industry partners, which now total more than 70, including Amazon, CVS Health, Lowe’s, Nissan North America, Schneider Electric, and Sysco.
Tennessee on Supply Chain Management
GSCI hosts a popular monthly podcast and produces a newsletter covering the most relevant issues in supply chain management.