Hallway space was limited in Van Munching Hall, as recruiting booths and enthusiastic students alike packed the Pownall Grand Atrium for Industry Day. Swag-covered tables, bright signs and information-laden booths attracted students who were eager to network with recruiters and learn about exciting internship and job opportunities in the supply chain management field.
Smith Business Close-Up
College Park, Md. – October 15, 2010 – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today named Mark Holifield – senior vice president of global supply chain for the Home Depot – as the 2010 “Person of the Year.”
With constant change, economic challenges and the havoc that events such as Gulf oil spills, natural disasters and terrorist threats can create, old models of balancing supply and demand are no longer effective.
In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Sandor Boyson, research professor and co-director of the Supply Chain Management Center, discusses the new risks for today’s supply chains and how organization can deal with volatility.
Curt Grimm, Dean’s Professor of Supply Chain and Strategy, described coaching his young son’s softball team to a rapt audience in Frank Auditorium. Grimm knew that only two of the children could reliably catch the ball. So he put those boys at first and second base, and then instructed their teammates to only throw the ball to first and second. It proved to be a winning strategy, because his son’s team took the championship that year. Grimm asked his audience to assess his competitive strategy: was it good, bad or ugly?
About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.