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SCMC Overview


The Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence exists to enhance the interaction of faculty, students, and industry resulting in world class supply chain research, education, leaders, and solutions.

The Center brings together financial resources, executives from leading corporations, and faculty and students from multiple disciplines in the McCombs School of Business to:

  • Develop and communicate new knowledge about supply chain management
  • Conduct and publish research findings
  • Facilitate the development of outstanding academic programs in supply chain management
  • Enable "real world" problem solving for our industry partners
  • Encourage the development of future industry and academic leaders in this field

The Center links the McCombs School of Business with industry, and other centers of related activities within The University of Texas at Austin.

Vision 2015

By 2015, McCombs will have a "top tier" Supply Chain Management Program with a reputation for outstanding faculty, students and industry partners.

SCMC will closely align with the Supply Chain Talent Academic Initiative (SCTAI) and Gartner Research to develop programs and curriculum to deliver supply chain leaders of the future. Our Path to Leadership incorporates three strategic areas: Thought Leadership, Talent Development and Industry Impact.

Key SCMC Activities

Roundtables, symposiums and workshops
Scholarships, student activities and events
Practicums for real world problem solving
Classroom speaking opportunities
Faculty / Industry interaction
Faculty research


In 2001 industry representatives approached the Department of Management faculty and requested the creation of a program in supply chain management. The Supply Chain Management Consortium was created in 2002 by several corporate participants and faculty members.

As a result of the Consortium's efforts, supply chain management specializations were developed for the MBA and Ph.D. programs, as well as the Engineering Route to Business major. In fall 2006, the undergraduate Supply Chain Management major became one of two flagship majors in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management (IROM).

The Consortium transitioned to the Supply Chain Management Center in fall 2007. Chartered as a cross-functional and school-wide center, SCMC is virtually the only center focused on a "horizontal" look at the total supply chain. In May 2008, the Center released its Vision 2010 which focused on providing benefits to three constituencies: industry partners, faculty, and students.

In November 2010, SCMC unveiled its Vision 2015, which focuses on becoming recognized as a "top-tier" supply chain program. Our Path to Leadership focuses on three strategic areas: Thought Leadership, Talent Development and Industry Impact.

Through continual development of academic programs, sponsored activities, cutting-edge research and collaborations between constituents, SCMC is on the path of becoming a globally recognized leader in this area.

Activity Summary: Fall 2007 - Summer 2012

Supply Chain Consortium became the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence (Fall 2007)

Identified 10 Executive Sponsors, 5 Core Sponsors, 1 Small Company Sponsor and 1 SCMC Supporter (Aug 11)

SCMC hosted 33 events for the benefit of our sponsors, students and faculty
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    MBA Curriculum Review Meeting (November 07)

    SCMC Scholarship Luncheon (February 08)

    Interactive Session with Dr. Bob Johansen, Institute for the Future (March 08)

    SCMC Advisory Council Meeting (May 08)

    Design and Sustainability Symposium with Center for Customer Insight and Marketing Solutions (May 08)

    SCMC Advisory Council Meeting (November 08)

    Sales and Operations Planning Roundtable (November 08)

    Supply Chain Carnival and Industry Panel presented with Supply Chain Management Student Org (Feb 09)

    SCMC Recognition Dinner (February 09)

    Supply Chain Metrics and Risks Roundtable (April 09)

    Industry Career Panel presented with Graduate Operations Group (September 09)

    Interactive Workshop with Dr. Bob Johansen and Oliva Fox Cabane co-hosted with CCIMS (Nov 09)

    SCMC Advisory Council Meeting (November 09)

    Supply Chain Social presented with Supply Chain Management Student Org (February 10)

    SCMC Recognition Dinner (February 10)

    Talent Gap Analysis and Strategy Roundtable (February 10)

    Interactive Workshop with Dr. Bob Johansen co-hosted with CCIMS (October 10)

    Supply Chain Risk Roundtable (November 10)

    SCMC Advisory Council Meeting (November 10)

    INFORMS Luncheon "In Honor of Bill Cooper" and IROM Ph.D. Reception (November 10)

    SCM Information Session (November 10)

    CIBER Hong Kong-Target Reunion Dinner (December 10)

    Industry Networking Event presented with Graduate Operations Group (February 11)

    SCM Open House presented with Supply Chain Management Student Organization (March 11)

    Supply Chain Talent Development Roundtable (March 11)

    SCMC Recognition Dinner (March 11)

    Guest Speaker: Dee Biggs, Welch Foods Inc. co-hosted with CCIMS (March 11)

    SCM Information Session (March 11)

    Supply Chain Talent Development Roundtable Phase II (November 11)

    SCM Information Session (November 11)

    Supply Chain Analytics Roundtable (March 12)

    SCM Information Session (April 12)
SCMC supported 9 faculty and/or Ph.D. research projects
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    "Videogame Supply Chain Project"
    Edward G. Anderson, Associate Professor, Dept of IROM, McCombs School with John Paul MacDuffie, Wharton School and Geoffrey Parker, Tulane University

    "Consumer Evaluation of Products with Ethical Attributes"
    Jake Brower, Ph.D. Student, Dept of Marketing, McCombs School

    "Flexible Product Design for Multiple and Concurrent Life Cycles"
    Cassandra Telenko, Ph.D. Student, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT-Austin

    "Towards Understanding Consumer Attributes and Perception of Remanufactured Consumer Goods"
    V. Daniel Guide, Jr., Associate Professor, Dept of Supply Chain and Information Systems, Penn State University

    "Stocking Decisions and Assortment Planning in a Retailing Environment with High Demand Uncertainty: Tools for Better Assessment of Demand and Estimation of Value of Brand Substitution"
    Genaro Gutierres, Associate Professor and Saurabh Bansal, Ph.D Student, Dept of IROM, McCombs School

    "Creating Greater Business Values by Scaling Up Data Analytics Applications"
    Hüseyin Tanriverdi, Associate Professor, Dept of IROM, McCombs School

    "Predicting Pre-Strike, Hurricane-Driven Demand for Products"
    John C. Butler, Clinical Associate Professor, Dept of Finance and Douglas Morrice, Professor, Dept of IROM, McCombs School

    "What factors influence tax-motivated income shifting"
    Lisa De Simone, Ph.D. Student, Department of Accounting, McCombs School of Business

    "A Decision-Theoretic Framework for Allocating Inventory and Estimating Consumer Demand during Hurricanes"
    Paul Cronin, Ph.D. Student, Department of IROM, McCombs School of Business with John C. Butler and Douglas Morrice
SCMC enabled 48 sponsored projects through the BBA Brass Ring Program, MBA Operations Practicum
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    Sponsoring companies include AMD, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Dell, Freescale Semiconductor, Frito-Lay, HEB, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Texas Instruments, City of Austin, ETS-Lindgren, ISNetworld, Minggl, MultiMedia Games, National Instruments, Office of the Texas Comptroller-Procurement, State of Texas Procurement, Textron, UT Housing and Food Services, UT Procurement Office, UT System Health Campuses-Supply Chain Alliance, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
SCMC provided various forms of student support
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    Increased the number of reoccurring SCMC scholarships (BBA - 11; MBA - 1; PhD - 0 to 1)

    Facilitated travel to ISM Annual Conference

    Funded BBA and MBA travel to external case competitions

    Sponsored McCombs Tech|Ops Challenge

    Funded travel grants for Ph.D. students to attend conferences and present papers related to supply chain
SCMC leveraged its position as a cross-college center
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    16 Affiliated Faculty representing 5 disciplines at McCombs School of Business: Operations Management, Information Management, Finance, Marketing and Statistics.

    Developed strong relationships with other centers including Center for Customer Insight and Marketing Solutions (CCIMS), Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), Energy Management and Innovation Center (EMIC), and Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) at Cockrell School of Engineering.

Executive Sponsors

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