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MSPM: In the Know, January 11, 2016

Top 3 for 11 Jan

Online Section (DE) of DNSC 6234 Course Running as Scheduled, Campus Section (10) Cancelled
The online section (DE) of DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting will run as scheduled. The campus section (10), though, was cancelled. All students who were registered in the campus section were moved to the online section. Students may see updates via Blackboard or via email as Prof Easley prepares for the course. The lectures will be pre-recorded and posted by Prof Easley in the absence of the on campus lecture. Blackboard Collaborate sessions will provide interactive sessions with Prof Easley.

Dr. Miguel Lejeune Teaching DNSC 6251
Dr. Miguel Lejeune will teach DNSC 6251 Optimization Models for Decision Making in place of Dr. Jarrah. The course will run as scheduled. The Blackboard Collaborate session day/time is under review. Updates will be provided shortly.

Course Not Appearing on Blackboard Yet
Courses are not required to appear on Blackboard until the first week of the semester. Many professors may not make their course live on Blackboard until the first day of their class. For example, if the campus lecture is scheduled for Thursday, course may not appear until Thursday. Still concerned? Contact the professor directly for an update.

Remember, Blackboard is the not the correct source to confirm your course registrations. GWeb is the source of registration and schedule information.

MSPM: In the Know, November 3, 2015

Top 3 for 3 Nov

Attend the GWSB Alumni Roundtables, 9 Nov
Alumni roundtables will be held Monday, 9 Nov, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the City View Room at 1957 E St, NW. Register to attend this event and network with prominent GW alumni. Who knows, you may find your next employer at the event! Event begins with a cocktail reception followed by two roundtable discussions. Attire is business formal, strict dress code is fully enforced. Register to secure a limited number of seats.

Check for Holds that May Prevent Registration
Be sure to remove any holds on your account that may prevent you from register for classes 9 Nov. Did you…

  • Pay your student account balance?
  • Submit you immunization records?
  • Submit official transcripts?
  • Take care of all official administrative business?
To view your holds, log in to GWeb:
  • Click on “Student Record and Registration” folder
  • Next, click on “Student Records Information Menu”
  • Finally, click on “View Administrative Holds”

Spring 2016 Registration Opens 9 Nov
The spring 2016 schedule of classes is now available to help you plan for registration, which opens Monday, 9 Nov. Questions? Schedule an advisement session with Cambria Happ via www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

Registration in DNSC 6269 Project Management Application, the capstone, is not available via GWeb. See last week’s edition for instructions on how to register for DNSC 6269.

Two 3 credit hour project management electives scheduled for spring:

  • DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting, on campus and online sections available
  • DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management, on campus and online sections available

Spring 2016 Electives

Two 3 credit electives are available in the spring 2016 semester – DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting and DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management.  One 1.5 credit elective – DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains – is also available. These electives may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective or general elective requirements for the program.

DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting (3 credit hours) taught by Peter Easley, JD

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.

Prerequisites: None

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DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher (winner of 2014 MSPM Outstanding Faculty Award)

This course focuses on the leadership and management practices related to communications that facilitate successful project implementation. Readings focus on 1) best practices in communication, 2) change management strategies, and 3) performance management strategies. The course culminates with a team project to develop a Communications Management Plan for a predefined project. Students are asked to integrate course topics related to change management and performance management into their Communications Management Plan.

The class format includes teacher-led delivery, student-led presentations and discussion. Online sessions using Blackboard Collaborate and prerecorded videos characterized as informed and lively discussions in which all students participate and present their ideas and perspectives. Assignments and learning activities require a synthesis of course concepts and their application to real-world situations or case students. As a result, there is a significant requirement for student reflection, participation and engagement.

Prerequisites: None

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DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5 credit hours, 1st half of semester) taught by Dr. Marie Matta

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.

SPECIAL NOTE: Attendance of Blackboard Collaborate sessions mandatory for distance students.

Prerequisites: None

MWAA Management Intern Program

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is looking for talented individuals to join their accelerated Management Intern Program. The program is an 18-month development program focused on either management, procurement, information technology or engineering. Learn more through the announcement and at mwaa.com. MWAA Management Internship Program Announcement 2015

MWAA also has a variety of full-time project management and related positions available – check them out!

Expanding Open Procurement Markets Under the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement: Brazil – A Case Study in Opening the BRICS

The leading free trade agreement in procurement, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), is missing the BRICS: the world’s most important developing economies, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have all failed to join. GW Law hosted this open colloquium, where a panel of senior procurement experts from Brazil, joined by senior members of the U.S. trade and procurement communities, explored the key hurdles to be met in bringing Brazil and the other BRICS into the GPA.

Program materials available online.

Link to video of colloquium.

Panel Topics

  • The GPA accession process — how the WTO views it, and how potential new entrants see it
  • Political and economic challenges for Brazil and other developing nations in preparing to join the GPA
  • The road to harmonization in procurement rules, between Brazil and the world
  • Addressing Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) preferences
  • “Buy Brazilian” — unique problems raised by domestic preferences

Panelists and Moderators

  • Alecia Bicalho, Motta & Bicalho
  • Augusto Dal Pozzo, Dal Pozzo Advogados
  • Cesar Pereira, Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini
  • Maurício Ribeiro, Portugal Ribeiro Advogados
  • Jean Heilman Grier , Principal Trade Consultant, Djaghe, LLC
  • Johannes Schnitzer, SchnitzerLaw, Vienna
  • Robert Anderson, World Trade Organization
  • Daniel I. Gordon, Steven L. Schooner, Joshua Schwartz, Jessica Tillipman, and Christopher R. Yukins, The George Washington University Law School

Spring 2015 Electives

Two 3 credit electives are available in the spring 2015 semester – DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting and DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management.  One 1.5 credit elective – DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains – is also available. These electives may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective or general elective requirements for the program.

DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting (3 credit hours) taught by Peter Easley, JD

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.

Prerequisites: None

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DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher (winner of 2014 MSPM Outstanding Faculty Award)

This course focuses the leadership and management practices that facilitate successful project implementation. The course examines project management in various organizational settings and addresses 1) communication 2) change management, and 3) performance management. The course readings focus on best practices in these areas. Case studies are used to provide a context for analyzing the role these practices play in successful project implementation.

Prerequisites: None

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DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5 credit hours, 1st half of semester) taught by Dr. Marie Matta

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.

SPECIAL NOTE: Attendance of Blackboard Collaborate sessions are mandatory for distance students. Collaborate sessions TBD.

Prerequisites: None

MSPM: In the Know, September 4, 2014

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Meetings & Advisement Sessions
Meet Richard Whittle, 20 Oct
F. David Fowler Career Center Employer Events

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Meetings & Advisement Sessions

Should any MSPM student need to meet with me to discuss the program, their schedule, or any other item as it pertains to the MSPM program, you are best served by scheduling a meeting via www.meetme.so/gwmspm. This tool syncs to my calendar and will show you my availability to best locate a meeting time that works for all parties involved. Be sure to select if we will meet in my office, via phone (student calls me), or via Skype (student calls me). It is also helpful if you provide your GWid when setting up the meeting.

Meet Richard Whittle, 20 Oct

The GW Law School Government Procurement Law Program is pleased to host Richard Whittle, author of The Dream Machine and Predator, Global Fellow in International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, and recently a Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, on Monday, 20 Oct, 9-10:30 a.m. in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Lerner 101 at the GW Law School. Registration and coffee begins at 8:30 a.m. with a book signing at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited, RSVP with Jessica Pierce at 202-994-7171 or jppierce@law.gwu.edu.

F. David Fowler Career Center Employer Events

The following employer events are scheduled at GWSB in the coming weeks:

9 Sep, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Lobby Greeting by Deloitte, representation by Consulting and AERS Divisions

12 Sep, 3-5 p.m., Graduate International Job Search Round Table

15 Sep, 6-7:30 p.m., PwC Info Session

16 Sep, 5-6:30 p.m., Deloitte Federal Consulting

17 Sep, 5:30-7:30 p.m., IBM, seeking to fill public sector, business analytics, and consultant roles

Contact the F. David Fowler Career Center for full details or visit GWorkSB.

Spring 2014 Electives

The MSPM program will offer two 3 credit electives in the spring 2014 semester – DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting and DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management.  We will also offer one 1.5 credit elective – DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains. These electives may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program.  An executive summary of each elective is provided below.

DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting (3 credit hours) taught by Peter Easley, JD

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.

Prerequisites

None

Course Objectives

  • 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
Assignments
Assignments will include written case analyses, a research paper, and an exam.
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DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher
This course focuses the leadership and management practices that facilitate successful project implementation. The course examines project management in various organizational settings and addresses 1) communication 2) change management, and 3) performance management. The course readings focus on best practices in these areas. Case studies are used to provide a context for analyzing the role these practices play in successful project implementation.
Prerequisites NoneCourse Objectives

1.     Identify how different management and leadership strategies facilitate effective project implementation

2.     Understand and examine the role of communication in project success

3.     Understand and evaluate how change management processes influence project success

4.     Understand and explore different strategies for measuring, reporting and communicating project performance

5.     Identify ways to improve your practice/use of communication, change management and performance measurement

6.     Further develop academic skills necessary to conduct literature reviews, apply best practices to new situations and draft academic papers

Assignments

Assignments will include an individual development plan, a completed communication management plan, and a proposal for managing change and measuring/reporting performance for a proposal you select.  There are no exams.

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DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5 credit hours, 1st half of semester) taught by Dr. Marie Matta

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.
SPECIAL NOTE: Attendance of Blackboard Collaborate sessions are mandatory for distance students. Collaborate sessions are scheduled for Tuesday evenings, 9:30-10:30pm Eastern. On-campus lecture is on Thursdays, 10:30am-1pm.

Prerequisites

None

Course Objectives

  • 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.

Assignments

Assignments may include individual and group assignments, plus an exam.