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The UT Global Supply Chain Institute: Leading Cutting-Edge Supply Chain Management and Strategy

Supply chain management is constantly evolving. “Supply chains exist within the broader external business environment that consists of geopolitical forces, government regulations, industry and competitive factors and the changing nature of market and demands,” says Ted Stank, the Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Business Excellence and professor of Supply Chain Management at the Haslam College of Business. As technology, regulations and markets shift, the supply chain must be able to adapt, which requires nimble leadership. Innovation and continuous improvement are critical to the success of the supply chain.

Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI) serves as an international hub for research and talent development. By bringing together organizations with Haslam’s top-ranked research and educational programs, GSCI helps industries better understand how the supply chain can create opportunity and drive value. GSCI distinguishes itself as cutting-edge in nine ways:

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Expert faculty

In addition to being outstanding teachers, Haslam faculty are leading experts in supply chain management, operational excellence and collaborative business. Through GSCI, Haslam’s faculty consults with organizations to conduct research, improve performance, develop processes and build strategies.

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Corporate partnerships

More corporate partners work with GSCI than any other university-based supply chain management program. Partners include Fortune 100 companies such as Amazon, Google, Dell, FedEx Services, PepsiCo, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Walmart and more. You can see a full list, here.

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Industry-leading white papers

GSCI regularly publishes industry-leading white papers. Written by Haslam faculty and sponsored by corporate partners, these white papers define best practices and set benchmarks for everything from supply chain integration strategy to collaborative strategies to navigating the digital supply chain. Most recently, GSCI has published:

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Media presence

GSCI’s white papers are frequently cited in the news by outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, DC Velocity, Harvard Business Review and many more. Furthermore, Haslam’s faculty are regularly sought out for their expert opinions, giving interviews and writing articles on topics like ethical and viable sourcing, the damaging effects of sweatshops on the bottom line, predictive analytics, and how drones will impact the supply chain.

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The Supply Chain Forum

Twice a year GSCI hosts the Supply Chain Forum, where more than 300 professionals from greater than 80 of the world’s top companies meet to attend keynote presentations, network, learn and discuss current supply chain challenges and opportunities. Attendees range from managers to CEOs. Speakers include top executives as well as Haslam’s distinguished faculty. Past keynote presentations have featured topics such as:

  • Next Gen in Supply Chain Management–Roles and Dynamics for the Future: presented by Karl Gernandt, executive chairman, Kuehne Holding AG
  • Supply Chain Innovation, Pharma, Leadership: presented by Michael Ku, vice president, Global Clinical Supply, Worldwide Research, Development and Medical, Pfizer Inc.
  • Economic Overview, National Outlook to Local Impacts: presented by Don Bruce, Douglas and Brenda Horne Professor of Business, Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research, UT
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Thought leadership

Haslam understands the supply chain as both operational and strategic. GSCI drives a holistic view of the supply chain through its benchmarking white papers, Supply Chain Forum and approach to learning. This holistic vision of the supply chain is reflected in white papers like “Driving Shareholder Value With Your Supply Chain,” where J. Paul Dittman presents the case for supply chain leaders who go beyond risk assessment, becoming comfortable with financial language and ideas and finding growth opportunities.

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From corporate partnerships and the Supply Chain Forum, to talent development, student programs and recruitment opportunities, GSCI brings together thought leaders, research experts, industry executives and professionals at all stages in their careers with students. “The Haslam College of Business does a great job of making sure that both students and employers have top-of-the-line resources,” says a partner at Kimberly Clark. “They offer so many different avenues for forum members to connect and make an impact with the students. When students take advantage of these opportunities, they come into a company with a background of knowledge, a pre-established relationship with the employer through networking and the skills to start right away.”

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Historical leadership

GSCI is renowned for cutting-edge supply chain strategy and management, but that vision is rooted in a deep history of supply chain expertise. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been a leader in supply chain management since introducing one of the nation’s first and most well-respected logistics degrees in the 1930s. Today, GSCI continues making history by fostering innovation and creating new opportunities for value with the supply chain.

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Mission and vision

Underpinning all that sets GSCI apart is its mission and vision. To shape the future of supply chain management, GSCI works with companies across industries and around the globe. Innovation happens in industry, and Haslam builds strategic relationships and proactively engages with its partners to keep pursuing success.

From corporate partnerships, to collaborating with our top-ranked faculty or studying at Haslam, there are many ways to engage with GSCI. If you’re looking to start a new career in supply chain management or assume a leadership role in your organization and you want to connect with GSCI, consider Haslam’s online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management, or the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain. As a student in these programs, you will have the opportunity to learn from GSCI and join the globally recognized community of supply chain experts at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business.

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