While I wouldn't say that our research covered that topic specifically, I think the fact that companies are turning to invest in this area perhaps gives an indicative response. While one sees "logistics" tracks in MBA coursework, there is limited breadth (though superb depth, at least here in the U.S.) in terms of providing advanced SCM coursework. I know that I've personally been able to take advantage of short (week to two week) courses that these institutions offer.
Supply chain functions have also moved up in corporations with many companies now elevating the top executives in that division to C-Level. In addition, many professionals in adjunct fields are also migrating to the supply chain side. These would include senior engineers with design background as well as folks in engineering manufacturing, sales and marketing and finance. With such a wide range of background and a wide range of fields to integrate it would make sense to invest more in developing these folks to have common goals and common operating understanding.
Now i see many professionals show casing a great level of interest in supply chain management. there is a huge level of investments in this field by many companies to hire professional to create a smart supply chain. It has been very important to have awell defined interface between the technoilogy and supply chain professionals.
This will definitely enhance companies positioning.
As part of your research did you discover many university courses tailored to advanced supply chain management (in the way an EE grad is a good fit for an EE design job). In my experience the folks performing this function arrived in their discipline after a variety of other job functions. It would be good to learn if this important discipline is being adequately covered in our universities.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.