Center for Supply Chain Management Established at Pitt - Top News
Center for Supply Chain Management Established at Pitt -
PITTSBURGH, April 2 -- The University
of Pittsburgh issued the following news
The logistical challenges of
manufacturing and transporting goods
will be the focus of the new Center for
Supply Chain Management established
at the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph
M. Katz Graduate School of Business
and College of Business Administration
with support from Pittsburgh-based
logistics provider GENCO.
The new center will be dedicated to the study of critical issues relating to global supply chain
management, an increasingly important field that adopts an end-to-end view of the product life
cycle: from design and procurement through processing and distribution to recycling and reuse. The
cross-disciplinary center will draw on complementary topics from across the school and the
"The new center will support the school's strategic initiatives and will provide a forum for
exchanging cutting-edge ideas between Pitt faculty and industry professionals. Students will benefit
from an expanded set of programs and greater opportunities for developing networks with the
industry. I am excited by the launch of the new center at Pitt and for the potential it holds," says
interim director Prakash Mirchandani, a Katz professor of business administration in the business
analytics and operations faculty area.
Dean John T. Delaney selected Mirchandani, who has decades of experience as both a scholar and
industry consultant in supply chain management, to serve as the interim director of the center. A
search for a permanent director will begin later this year.
The new center will provide student and faculty interactions with industry representatives, oversee
student experience-based learning activities in supply chain management courses, and generate
intellectual leadership in this area at Katz. Designed as an interdisciplinary unit, the center will
bring together faculty in fields such as operations, information technology, strategy, accounting, and
engineering. The interdisciplinary nature of the center is designed to leverage the synergistic role
that these fields play in modern supply chains.
In the global marketplace, the planning, execution, and monitoring of supply chains requires
cooperation between a range of areas such as sourcing, procurement and distribution, information
technology, sustainability, risk management, and strategic supplier and customer management.
"GENCO is very pleased to support the formation of the Center for Supply Chain Management at the
University of Pittsburgh. The center will be a strong resource for the region's economic
development, as supply chain is a critical business component for many companies. Additionally, the
center will be a significant resource for companies, students, and academics for many years to
come," said Herb Shear, executive chairman of GENCO and a University of Pittsburgh trustee.
In order to support the activities of the center, the school will create a Supply Chain Management
Industry Council composed of member companies with strong interests in supply chain management
and a genuine concern for the future enhancement of the field. Members of the council will have the
first option to review supply chain management research and studies facilitated by the center and
have enhanced opportunities to engage with supply chain management students from Pitt in
experience-based learning projects, internships, employment options, and cooperative education
Katz plans to hire a tenure-stream faculty member to produce high-quality research in the field of
supply chain management and to cultivate connections with industry aimed at supporting the center,
facilitating new research, and generating opportunities for students, faculty, and others at Pitt.
The center builds upon existing supply chain management resources at the Katz Graduate School of
Business and undergraduate College of Business Administration (CBA). Katz offers a certificate
program in Global Supply Chain Management as part of its Master of Business Administration
degree program, while CBA offers a supply chain management major and supply chain management
certificate within its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program. Supply chain
management also forms an integral component of Executive Education programs at Katz.
In addition to the Center for Supply Chain Management, the Katz School and CBA are home to five
centers for specialized knowledge: the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, Center for
Executive Education, Center for Health and Care Work, International Business Center, and Institute
for Entrepreneurial Excellence.
The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business (Katz) and College of Business Administration
(CBA) provide a high-quality, career-oriented business education for graduate and undergraduate
students at the University of Pittsburgh. Building on Pittsburgh's tradition of reinvention and
business excellence, Pitt has constantly evolved its market-driven business education programs for
more than 100 years based on global business demands. Through innovative, entrepreneurial degree
programs focused on experience-based learning, Katz and CBA position graduates to immediately
add value to any business.
GENCO is the recognized leader in product lifecycle and reverse logistics solutions designed to
maximize value and reduce costs. GENCO operates 140 value-added warehouse locations comprising
38 million square feet and manages $1.5 billion in freight annually throughout North America.
GENCO's diverse range of customers includes many Fortune 500 companies in the technology,
consumer, and industrial, retail, and health care markets and the federal government. GENCO's
complete range of product lifecycle services include inbound logistics; warehousing and distribution;
fulfillment; contract packaging and managed transportation; systems integration; returns processing
and disposition; test, repair, refurbishment; product liquidation; and recycling.
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