In addition to the Legal & Ethical Issues in PM elective, we will offer two additional elective courses – Procurement & Contracting and Sustainable Supply Chains.
DNSC 6234 – Procurement & Contracting (3 credit hours)
The course is taught by Peter R. Easley, Esq., Adjunct Assistant Professor. Professor Easley also works as a senior contracts officer with the World Bank.
Assignments will include written case analyses, a research paper, and an exam.
The purchase of services and materials by organizations is the subject of this course. The course reflects current changes whereby the federal buying process is emulating many of the best practices found in private sector purchasing. The study encompasses policy and public interest factors that complicate government buying and places those factors in perspective with private sector buying which often captures significant efficiencies and economic advantages associated with well managed corporate acquisition programs. The study spans requirements determination, procurement planning, solicitation, pricing, contract design, award procedures and administrative issues that affect procurement.
- To prepare students to perform and lead the work necessary to ensure proper examination of requirements planning of the most appropriate acquisition process, and formation of the needed contract relationship.
- To develop analytical skills necessary to finding and qualifying sources ensuring adequate costing and pricing of purchases, and assessing the impact of proposed acquisition decisions.
- To develop an appreciation of the policy factors and environment considerations that influence the acquisition process.
- To practice decision making skills critical to good contract awards using case analysis, oral presentations and simulated negotiations.
- To refine student research skills pertinent to contractual matters.
- To enhance student skills in resolving selected case situations pertinent to public procurement
DNSC 6290 – Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5 credit hours)
This course is taught by Dr. Marie Matta, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences.
Assignments include case studies and an exam.
This course will introduce the concepts and techniques related to analyzing strategic issues in supply chain management. Diverse topics, such as supply chain design, network planning, supply contracts, risk pooling, supply chain coordination and integration, and strategic alliances, comprise this course. Using cases, students will explore supply chain decision making at the strategic level in diverse industries such as apparel, electronics, automobile, grocery, and retail. Issues and trends related to supply chain system activities such as communication, inventory management, warehousing, transportation, and facility location decisions will be discussed at a strategic level. By the end of the course, students will understand that when a company’s supply chain is integrated with a firm’s overall business strategy it serves as a powerful competitive weapon.
A well-trained manager must be familiar and conversant with the many issues and concepts that arise within the functional area of supply chain management. This course has several objectives for the student. By the end of the term, the student will:
- Understand the terminology associated with supply chain management.
- Explore different ways in which supply chains may choose to compete in the marketplace
- Articulate the tradeoffs that occur in supply chain decision-making
- Analyze the long-term decisions necessary for a network of firms to handle the supply components of planning, sourcing, making, delivering, and returning products
- Recognize the interrelated processes both within a firm and also across a channel of firms in strategically designing a supply chain
- Evaluate supply chain problems across a broad range of companies
- Identify and understand the principles, challenges, and issues associated with recent supply chain management approaches
- Develop the ability to evaluate supply chain performance and to formulate supply chain strategy