How can industry and universities work together better to advance the supply chain profession?
There are only a few universities that really have a focus on outreach to industry. When you think of the supply chain programs out there, how many have brought in an industry person like me to provide a real outreach to industry? Too many centers have put academics with limited or no industry experience in charge of developing a supply chain program or working with industry. Many universities don’t even have a research center that is “outreached” to industry. So the first step is having a center like we have at Lehigh that is intended to work with industry to identify its needs and solve supply chain problems. I learned a long time ago that a university is just like a manufacturing company. If you manufacture something, you have to manufacture something for which there is demand in the marketplace, right? Q: Yes. A: Otherwise, you are not going to sell it. The same is true with universities that offer supply chain and logistics programs. If they’re turning out students who don’t have
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