10 Best Schools for a Supply Chain Education, Class of 2015

Aug. 24, 2015
A list of the top 10 US university programs for supply chain management.

Finding and retaining talent continues to bedevil U.S. manufacturers, particularly in the search for top supply chain talent. As the nature of supply chains evolves to encompass international trade, so too are companies seeking managers who understand logistics, procurement, transportation, tariffs, production and forecasting. As Kevin O’Marah, chief content officer of SCM World, a supply chain research organization, explains, “For those pursuing careers in supply chain, the greatest thrill is tackling complex problems across the extended network.”

So where do you find such people? Every year, SCM World surveys hundreds of supply chain executives to find out which universities they consider the best at producing graduates with practical, as opposed to philosophical, approaches to supply chain management. The result is a list of the top schools for supply chain talent. If there’s any bias to the list, O’Marah says, it’s biased toward schools that are able to keep pace with industry. “Unlike many disciplines taught in universities, thought leadership [in supply chain] usually comes from the field, not academia. As such, those universities with close ties to industry—and a willingness to swallow their pride in order to learn—fare well in the rankings.”

On the accompanying slides, we offer a look at current activities and research at each of the top 10 U.S. schools. Of the 10 schools, four of them come from the Big Ten Conference, including the number 1 school, giving the conference bragging rights at least until next year's rankings come out.

(Graduation class photo provided by Thinkstock.)

About the Author

Dave Blanchard | Senior Director of Content

During his career Dave Blanchard has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeek, EHS Today, Material Handling & Logistics, Logistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. He also serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.


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