Top 10 Supply Chain Schools

MIT CampusEarlier this year, Supply Chain Digital Magazine published its list of the Top 10 Schools around the world that offer programs in Supply Chain Management.

Five hail from the United States, four are located in Europe / UK, and one will be found in the Southern Hemisphere.

It is an interesting read, with one or two mild surprises. All ten, of course, are top-notch institutions.

Here are the Top 10 ranked in reverse order:

10.) University of South Australia

Located in the City of Adelaide, the University of South Australia’s supply chain management program’s course structure organization is matched only by the City’s rigid design. Opened relatively recently in 1991, you could do worse than studying in Adelaide, affectionately known by locals as the “City of Parks and Churches.”

9.) University of Pennsylvania

As the world’s first collegiate business school, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has a long history of success. Established in 1881, the Wharton school focuses primarily on accounting and business, making it a prime location to learn the procurement industry. The world-renowned staff doesn’t hurt, either, as the school’s faculty is the world’s most published.

8.) Arizona State University

Supply chain enthusiasts who hate the rain flock to Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Located in Tempe, Ariz., the Carey School of Business is one of the largest in the United States with close to 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and offers Masters degrees in specialty fields like supply chain financial management.

7.) Carnegie Mellon University

Another Pennsylvania school makes it on the list, as Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business is widely recognized as a top supply chain management school. The private institution offers a wide variety of supply chain-related courses, and teaches its courses based primarily on the management science theories, which are in contrast to the more widely used case method approach.

6.) International Institute for Management Development

Located in the French-speaking City of Lausanne on Lake Geneva, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) offers more than just pleasing views of the Swiss Alps. Formed from the merger of two highly regarded business centers, IMD’s supply chain management aptitude draws several upper-level executives each year, and is one of the more exclusive supply chain events in the world.

5.) Michigan State University

Perennially ranked near the top when it comes to business schools within the United States, Michigan State’s Eli Broad College of Business houses some of the brightest minds when it comes to the world of logistics. The school’s supply chain management undergraduate degree was ranked No. 2 in 2011 by the U.S. News & World Report.

To find out the Top 4 Schools, please click here… (but before you do, can you guess who they are?)

I found a little gem “hidden” in the reviews. It is a video titled The Lemonade Stand. It is a short little item, less than three minutes in length. It is also one of the most creative pieces I have ever seen that attempts to describe the challenges that face the supply chain in the 21st century. No wonder I love elegant simplicity.

You may watch this nifty little story below, or follow this link to the original article on Supply Chain Digital. The article will reveal all ten schools. Have fun!

Which school ranked #1? Here is a big hint: the top school produced the video.

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