Logistics, Business & Public Policy

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is an integrated approach to manage the total flow of a distribution channel from supplier to ultimate customer. The underlying rationale for an integrated supply chain management approach is that it increases the opportunity for cost savings, better customer service, and competitive advantage for all companies in the supply chain. The Supply Chain Management concentration integrates courses across three areas: Logistics and Transportation, Operations Management, and Marketing. The curriculum also provides students with a hands-on exposure to information technology tools essential to modern supply chain management.

Students choosing this concentration should take the four electives listed below. In addition, students are encouraged to take BUSI 634 Operations Management.

BUSI 672 - Global Supply Chain Management – 2 credits
Offers a practical blueprint for understanding, building, implementing, and sustaining supply chains in today's rapidly changing global supply chain environment. Provides a survey of the evolution of supply chain strategies, business models and technologies; current best practices in demand and supply management; and methodologies for conducting supply chain-wide diagnostic assessments and formulating process improvement plans.

BULM 733 - Global Trade Logistics – 2 credits
Acquaints students with managerial issues in international logistics and transportation, and provides students with an understanding of issues related to import/export management and the global marketplace.

BULM 742 – Global Supply Chain Resources Planning – 2 credits
ProvideS students with an overall understanding of how firms use an advanced supply chain planning (ASCP) application as an integral part of their materials management process which includes such activities as production planning, materials requirements planning, and distribution requirements planning. Students are given a lab-based, hands-on experience with the Oracle ASCP package. This functionality offers firms a holistic approach to planning that allows a company to optimize its operations with respect to specific, stated objectives. Students are also introduced to the analytical models underlying the ASCP system. To further broaden their experience, students are also exposed to the SAP system.

BULM 744 – Global Supply Chain Risk Management – 2 credits
Explores enterprise resilience from multiple perspectives: from the supply chain manager’s concerns about how to help the enterprise adapt to day to day uncertainties in operations, in demand & supply; to the network planner’s concern about how to ensure business continuity after low probability high impact events such as a terrorist attack or earthquake.  

International Business

International business electives provide a broad look at issues global organizations face across the enterprise. Taught by faculty with extensive global research and consulting experiences, students explore international marketing, finance, management, and organizational behavior strategies. Optional study abroad activities, including week-long study trips and semester exchange programs, provide a global business perspective.

International Business Electives:

  • Competing in Global High Technology Industries (BULM 758)
  • Environment of International Business (BUSI 761)
  • Global Business and Knowledge Management (BUSI 762)
  • International Accounting (BUAC 715)
  • International Financial Management (BUFN 724)
  • Global Trade Logistics (BULM 733)
  • International Marketing (BUMK 753)
  • Global Strategy (BUMO 754)
  • Organizational Behavior: A Multi-cultural Perspective (BUMO 722)

Global Business and Knowledge Management

These electives when combined with electives from other areas enhance a student's preparation for a management career in the global, knowledge-based business environment.

Global Business and Knowledge Management Electives:

  • Environment of International Business (BUSI 761)
  • Global Business and Knowledge Management (BUSI 762)
  • International Marketing (BUMK 753)
  • International Financial Management (BUFN 724)
  • International Accounting (BUAC 715)

News & Events

Upcoming Event: Supply Chain Industry Day

Industry Day is an annual event held by the Supply Chain Management Society (SCMS), which is an undergraduate student club, and the logistics, business and public policy department to promote the major and foster relations between our students and employers.

Latest News

UMD Smith School of Business Honors Amazon.com’s Supply Chain Head

College Park, Md. – October 12, 2012 – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today named Michael Roth, vice president of North American Operations at Amazon.com, as the 2012 “Person of the Year.” Roth was recognized by students and faculty at Smith’s 20th annual Industry Day career and networking event.

Burt A. Leete

Leete teaches law-related courses in the undergraduate and MBA programs. The author of numerous articles, papers and books, his research has focused primarily in the areas of consumer protection, the impact on business of product liability litigation, the protection of intellectual property rights, and more recently, on topics in the international legal arena. In the past he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and as Senior Associate Dean of the school.

Bennet A. Zelner

Bennet A. Zelner (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001) studies the strategies that firms use to manage the diverse political, social, and economic institutions they encounter when doing business abroad. Much of his research focuses on infrastructure industries recently subject to market-oriented reform—such as privatization, deregulation, and liberalization—and the challenges that such environments pose for private investors.


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