Athabasca University’s (AU) Faculty of Business and the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) are coming together in joint-strategic partnership. This new tactical alliance arose from the continued necessity to expand global competitive advantage in the ever-evolving world of supply chain management.
Supply chain management is no longer a straight line from point A to point B; raw material to product to consumer. It encompasses entirely new and growing challenges from micro segmentation, to technology and digitization, to incorporating service chains into existing product chains.
“Supply chains have never been more challenging to manage than they are today,” says Dr. Deborah Hurst, dean of Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business.
According to Hurst: “supply chains have impacts—not only on company profits, efficiency, and environmental footprint—they can also transform local economies around the world and are sources of true competitive advantage.
“Historical movement of raw materials like lumber, oil, or iron from around the world, were transformed into end-user products landing on store shelves and eventually into our homes.”
Hurst adds that raw materials can be anything from service to data—”not your typical supply chain ‘products,’ but it still needs to be harvested, analyzed, and moved through organizations before it can be parsed into action.”
She also notes organizations that can translate these new product streams effectively will have a huge advantage over those that fail to fuel their innovation with information.
Supply chains have never been more challenging to manage than they are today.
~ Dr. Deborah Hurst, dean, Faculty of Business
This new alliance is true to AU’s commitment to removing barriers to education-access—by allowing students to study anytime and anywhere. As supply chains continue to develop, grow, and evolve, it is important for AU to continue to partner with organizations such as the SCMA to deliver executive management education for today’s global business environment.
Under the partnership, Supply Chain Management Professionals (SCMP) will be able to continue to work while they cultivate their executive management and leadership acumen and, ultimately, their future successes. Further, it will provide people currently working in supply chain the opportunity to develop soft skills in leadership, as well as hard-management acumen.
Another benefit: Students that hold the SCMP designation can finish the Executive MBA program up to six months faster, since transfer credit will be given to them. Similarly, the advantage for AU Executive MBA graduates is they’ll be granted advanced standing within the SCMP program, with a reduced course load of two modules and three workshops.
Options for career development
Dr. Hurst explains the partnership is a win-win—for students, for SCMA, and for the Faculty of Business.
Cheryl Farrow, president and CEO with SCMA concurs: “It’s all about providing our members with sustained options for career development,” she explains.
“The types of skills required in supply chain management are constantly evolving. New trading relationships, technology disruptions, more active corporate responsibility programs, and increasing competitive pressures are just some of the reasons there are growing expectations of the supply chain role.”
Farrow adds the advantage of having a strong, highly applicable education through this alliance will benefit students, professionals, and employers.
Students that hold the SCMP designation can finish the Executive MBA program up to six months faster, since transfer credit is given to them. And the advantage for AU Executive MBA graduates is they’ll be granted advanced standing within the SCMP program, with a reduced course load of two modules and three workshops.
For students that currently hold the SCMP designation, this new alliance may affect you. Please contact SSQ for additional information and benefit to you.
And visit business.athabascau.ca/SCMP to learn more about this exciting new program.