Logistics, Business & Public Policy

LBPP includes supply chain management, international businessmanagerial economics and business law

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management (SCM) is the management of the flow of goods. It includes the movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption. Previously referred to as "logistics and transportation," SCM is now the preferred name for this skyrocketing industry.

Housed in the school's department of Logistics, Business and Public Policy; supply chain management (SCM) has become an increasingly popular area of study and a very successful one. SCM is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Smith in the top 10 for supply chain management.

International Business

Choosing an International Business (IB) major recognizes that the world we live in is increasingly interconnected. The barriers to cross-border trade and investment have declined in recent decades as advances in transportation, telecommunications, and technology have ushered in a fourth industrial revolution.

The Smith IB curriculum embraces the business core, and then expands your horizons with specially tailored courses in management, finance, marketing, strategy, and supply chain management that emphasize the cross-cultural challenges of the global marketplace. 

At Smith, you enter one of only 15 centers for international business education (CIBE) established by the U.S. Department of Education located within the Smith Center for Global Business.

Business Law

The study of law is a vital component of business education. Business leaders must understand and effectively navigate the legal environment. Everyday activities demand the responsible management of legal risks and issues. In today’s fast-moving market economy, business professionals must grasp the interface between government and business, comprehend the function of courts and lawyers, and appreciate the role of business in society. Successful leaders must also behave ethically and exercise sound judgment.

Courses in business law prepare students to meet the ethical, governance, and compliance challenges that arise in complex business transactions. These courses help students explore how responsible companies can engage effectively with all stakeholders, including legislators, regulators, and the general public. With increasing attention paid to the social impact of business, the business law curriculum encourages students to participate in solving society’s most pressing and intractable problems.

Business law students acquire both valuable knowledge and a range of critical thinking abilities essential to business decision-making. Students develop qualitative reasoning skills that are crucial when corporate officers and managers face hard choices under conditions of empirical uncertainty or moral ambiguity. By studying business law, students attain proficiency in identifying and evaluating moral and legal issues embedded within complex circumstances; developing a coherent approach to analyzing legal problems; applying legal principles to reach appropriate conclusions; and, reasoning by analogy between similar cases and situations. Business law classes also promote the exercise of good judgment by emphasizing the distrust of personal motives, sensitivity to the perspectives of others, patience in decision-making, and courage in making difficult decisions. Because these analytical competencies are useful in many problem-solving contexts, business law courses are the ideal complement to more quantitative courses and degree programs.

The Business Law Area faculty are experienced lawyers and scholars publishing cutting-edge research. Multiple articles have been placed by them in the premier peer-reviewed business law journal, as well as in journals published by such leading law schools as Yale, Stanford, Penn, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Iowa, and Boston University. The business law faculty’s research has earned several national awards and their scholarship has been widely cited in articles, treatises, and judicial decisions. The research spans all the following topics: equity, obligations, jurisprudence and philosophy of law, remedies, employment, employee benefits, government pensions, constitutional law, securities, corporate governance, and intellectual property. The business law faculty are leaders in their fields, holding editorial positions in top journals and executive offices in the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. They are sought out for their expertise by state and national organizations, the media, and corporate litigants.  Business law faculty serve as advisors to the Business Law Society and UMD’s Green Wolverine club. Finally, they are exceptional instructors and have earned numerous teaching awards at the school and national levels.

For more information on recruiting from our top-ranked supply chain program contact supplychain@umd.edu.

Managerial Economics

The Managerial Economics (ME) area uses an economics lens to understand firm behavior and managerial decision-making. With expertise in industrial organization, organizational economics, labor economics, and regenerative economics, ME faculty consider such questions as:

  • How does ownership structure affect firms’ investment time horizons and R&D performance?
  • What drives gender diversity in top management? How does top management teams’ level of gender diversity affect firm policies and performance?
  • How do corporate governance policies rooted in the Anglo-American model of Shareholder Capitalism translate into disparate institutional contexts?
  • How do economic and organizational factors influence individual decision-making?
  • How do economic and organizational factors influence firms’ geographic location choices?
  • What would a regenerative business approach to business entail? How can such approaches be developed given institutional pressures to pursue shareholder-centric approaches?

ME faculty teach the Smith School’s core MBA and MS courses in micro- and macroeconomics as well as PhD courses. The ME area also has its own PhD program, with recent dissertation topics including “Green or Greenwashing? How Manager and Investor Preferences Shape Firm Strategy” and “Competition, Firm Financial Pressure, and Location Strategy: Evidence from the Micro-Mobility Industry.” Recent graduates were placed at UT Austin and Vanderbilt. Learn more about the PhD in Managerial Economics.

Undergraduate Supply Chain Management
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Full-Time MBA Supply Chain Focus
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Students can study supply chain management on all levels at the Smith School – undergraduate, MBA, master of science, and PhD. The Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC), run by Smith's top-ranked supply chain faculty, delivers cutting-edge solutions to private industry and government clients.

Supply Chain Coffee House

This business casual educational event attracts recruiters interested in hiring for co-ops, internships and full-time positions for supply chain majors.

Supply Chain Coffee House Recruiters have included:

  • Avendra
  • Expeditors
  • Federal Resources
  • Ferguson
  • Northrop Grumman
  • PAE
  • Pepsico
  • Priority Worldwide
  • Productiv
  • SRS 
  • Distribution
  • Supernus
  • Underarmour
  • Unilever

Insights & Research

Supply Chain Mapping, Not Climate Prediction, is Key to Mitigating Risk for Corporate Boards

Read the article : Supply Chain Mapping, Not Climate Prediction, is Key to Mitigating Risk for Corporate Boards
Are C-Suites Any More Diverse Than When a Racial Reckoning Began Three Years Ago?

Read the article : Are C-Suites Any More Diverse Than When a Racial Reckoning Began Three Years Ago?
Airlines Failing in Customer Service: Smith Experts Explain its Roots and Strategies for Passengers

Read the article : Airlines Failing in Customer Service: Smith Experts Explain its Roots and Strategies for Passengers
What Today’s Retailers Can Learn from the H.H.Gregg Bankruptcy

A Smith Researcher Finds Location Has Much to Do With Retail Survival

Read the article : What Today’s Retailers Can Learn from the H.H.Gregg Bankruptcy
Playbook for a Climate-Ready Supply Chain

Read the article : Playbook for a Climate-Ready Supply Chain


Contact Us

Department Chair

Cristian Dezső
Area Chair
Associate Professor

Logistics, Business & Public Policy Department
3411 Van Munching Hall
College Park, MD 20742
E-mail: supplychain@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-2190

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