Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

Management Major—Supply Chain Management Track

The supply chain encompasses activities associated with the sourcing, creation, and delivery of products and services. For any business, doing these in the most effective and efficient way is critical, but few accomplish this on their own. Instead, businesses establish networks of partners to form supply chains. Changes in practices such as reliance on information technology, just-in-time inventory systems, global sourcing, demand-driven strategies, and environmental sustainability initiatives combined with an environment that features greater market volatility and risks have made supply chains more complex and more strategically important. No matter how a company chooses to satisfy its customers and achieve financial objectives, the supply chain is a potent strategic resource to help it deliver more value, lower costs, and faster, more agile responses in the face of steady change.

What is Supply Chain Management (SCM)?

It is challenging to get companies to work together for the best interest of the end consumer. SCM is the discipline that does so by influencing partners and managing the linkages between them to optimize the flow of products, services, information, and money. Activities include anticipating and planning for demand, identifying and selecting sources of supply, leading process improvement projects, and managing inventory levels and mix.

Job Outlook for SCM?

Opportunities are numerous, varied, and global; many SCM careers expect rapid employment increases and considerable openings. Salaries are dependent on education, experience, and location. Examples:

Job Title Typical Preparation National Median Salary (2013) Median Salary in PA (2013)
Supply Chain Manager Bachelor’s Degree & five years experience $103,450 $103,200
Buyer Bachelor’s Degree & a few years experience $52,370 $52,800
Distribution Manager Bachelor’s Degree & five years experience $83,890 $89,400
Logistics Analyst Bachelor’s Degree & a few years experience $73,400 $70,800


How Do I Complete the SCM Track?

The SCM Track consists of four courses that count as required Management Electives. These courses are taken after completing Managerial Decision Making and Supply Chain Operations (see recommended sequence based on prerequisites and course offerings). To declare the SCM Track, see the department secretary and complete the “Change of Program Study Form” to add the SCM Track subplan to the Management Major. Be sure to also speak with Dr. John Grandzol or Dr. Christian Grandzol so they can discuss your intentions. Note: there is no need to wait until Senior Year to get involved with SCM; join the APICS Student Chapter!

Recommended Sequence for the Management Major — Supply Chain Management Track

Junior Year Senior Year
Fall/Spring Fall Spring
MGMT 370 MGMT 474 MGMT 478
Managerial Decision Making Managing Quality Managing Business Processes
(ECONOMIC 256; MGMT 244; ITM 175) (MGMT 371) (MGMT 475)
MGMT 371 MGMT 475 MGMT 479
Supply Chain Operations Logistics Supply Chain Seminar
(ECONOMIC 256; MGMT 244; ITM 175) (MGMT 371) (MGMT 475)

Contact Information

John Grandzol ( or Christian Grandzol (