Supply Chain Management Directors' Conference 2015

Welcome to Santa Clara University Campus

the 4th Annual SCM Directors' Conference (March 4-6)

No Registration Fee

  • Are you responsible for developing and managing supply chain programs?
  • Are you experiencing difficulties in recruiting new students?
  • Are you in the process of enhancing your supply chain curriculum?
  • Would you like to build quality relationships with industries to market your programs?
  • Would you like to improve your internship outcomes or the overall ranking of your SCM programs?

If you experience these issues, then you are not alone. The conference hosted by Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business and Jindal School of Management, UT Dallas brings a unique colloquium specific to program directors, assistant/associate deans and center managers who are involved in developing and managing different aspects of supply chain management programs and curriculum.

This conference is a premier colloquium for designing, developing, and even reinventing SCM programs. We plan to encourage thought-provoking conversations, debates on the several issues confronting us, and discussions of emerging ideas to promote program success at every level from the classroom through the dean’s suite.

Interested in Being a Speaker or Serving on a Faculty Panel?

Experts from various universities will provide insights and share innovative techniques. If you are interested in sharing your experiences as a speaker or panelist, please send an email to Dr Naren Agrawal. The agenda may include:

  • Building Marketable Certificate Programs
  • Building Industry Relationships
  • Career Skills: Communication and Leadership
  • University and Industry Rankings
  • Curriculum Development
  • Online Program Develppment
  • Program Assessment (AACSB)
  • Methods to Grow Enrollment
  • Organizing Committee
  • Message from Santa Clara
  • Conference Agenda
  • Places to Visit
  • Travel and Hotel

If there are topics you would like to see on the program, please let us know and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Dr Naren Agrawal, Santa Clara University, Conference Chair
Associate Dean, Operations Management and Information Systems

(408) 554-4165

Dr Ram Bala, University of Santa Clara, Conference Co-Chair
Assistant Professor, OMIS

(408) 551-3035

Dr Shawn Alborz, UT Dallas, Conference Co-Chair
Assistant Dean & Director of SCM Programs

(972) 883-6455

Welcome to Santa Clara University in the heart of Silicon Valley!

We are delighted that the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University and The UT Dallas Jindal School of Management are co-hosting the 4th annual Supply Chain Management Conference – this time with a special Silicon Valley flair.

This unique conference is specific to SCM administrators, program directors, assistant/associate deans and center directors who are involved in developing and managing different aspects of supply chain programs and curriculum. These leaders come together to generate new ideas, answer challenges and exchange best-practice solutions. It is a pleasure and honor to host this event, and I hope that your conference experiences will prove useful and meaningful for years to come.

Your conference co-chairs, Naren Agrawal and Ram Bala, from Santa Clara’s OMIS department, and Shawn Alborz, director of UT Dallas’ Supply Chain program, have recruited program directors at different universities and top keynote speakers who have developed and marketed supply chain programs.

The schedule also includes sessions on how to develop better industry relations, build communities and successfully promote SCM programs, meetings on how to improve curriculum at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and opportunities to gain and exchange useful insights and experiences. An excursion to one of Silicon Valley’s technology campuses is also on the agenda.

On the networking side, the planning team has included many occasions for you to engage with one another, have fun, and enjoy the beautiful Bay Area. I encourage you to take full advantage of this outstanding event. I want you to leave with an invigorated and sustaining view of your efforts. I look forward to meeting many of you personally, and I wish you great success here and in the important work you do in your programs.

Best wishes,
Drew Starbird
Dean and Professor

The following agenda is tentative and updates will be posted as the organizing committee progresses. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in any of the sessions below.

Wednesday March 4th, 2015

05:00 -08:00 PMReception: Dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy

Thursday March 5th, 2015

08:00 - 08:30 AMBreakfast
08:30 - 08:45 AMWelcome
Ram Bala, Naren Agrawal, Shawn Alborz
08:45 - 09:00 AMOpening Remarks by Dean Starbird
09:00 - 09:45 AMKeynote Address: Jim Miller, VP Supply Chain, Google
Perspectives on Supply Chain and Operations Management at Internet Scale
09:45 - 10:15 AMCoffee Break and Networking
10:15 - 11:30 AMPanel Discussion: Marketing Supply Chain Programs to Industry
11:30 - 12:15 PMDiscussion: Cutting-Edge SCM: The Use of Big Data
Speaker: TBD
12:15 - 01:15 PMLunch
01:15 - 02:45 PMPanel Discussion: Incorporating Big Data into SCM Curriculum
Panelists: TBD
02:45 - 03:15 PMCoffee Break and Networking
03:15 - 04:00 PMDiscussion: Global Supply Chains: Challenges and Opportunities
Speaker: TBD
04:00 - 05:30 PMPanel Discussion: Recruiting Students for Graduate Supply Chain Programs
Panelists: TBD
05:30 - 08:30 PMDinner

Friday March 6th, 2015

08:00 - 09:00 AMBreakfast
09:00 - 09:45 AMPresentation and Discussion: Gartner Ranking of Supply Chain Programs
Dana Stiffler, VP Supply Chain Research, Gartner
09:45 - 10:15 AMCoffe Break and Networking
10:15 - 11:45 AMPanel Discussion: Innovation in Supply Chain Curricula
Speaker: TBD
11:45 - 12:00 NoonClosing Remarks: Ram Bala, Naren Agrawal, Shawn Alborz
Lunch Boxes will be provided

The City of Santa Clara, California, named after the Spanish mission that was established there in 1777 and now is one of the populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Located 45 miles southeast of San Francisco. Population 120,245 (2013).

Dining in Bay Area

Napa valley Winery

Magnificent Yosemite

California Muir Redwords

The Great America Amusement Park

Iconic Bay Area Golden Gate

California Big Sur

Bay Area Museum

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Santa Clara De Saisset Museum

Winchester Mystery House

Santa Clara Stephen Schott Stadium

Hotel Information

Hotel DeAnza
233 W. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Nightly rate: $179- rate valid and rooms guaranteed until Monday, February 2, 2015
How to place a reservation:
Call the hotel directly at (408) 286-1000
Reference Santa Clara University

Fairmont Hotel
170 South Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Nightly rate: $249- rate valid and rooms guaranteed until Wednesday, February 4, 2015
How to place a reservation:
Call the reservations line at 1-800-346-5550
Reference “Santa Clara March Room Block”

Candlewood Suites
Located across the street from Santa Clara University
481 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Nightly rate: $223- rate valid and rooms guaranteed until Friday, January 30, 2015
How to place a reservation:
Call the hotel directly at (408) 241-9305 x2
Reference Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University or navigate to the link and enter group code, JFK.

Hotels in the area (independent reservations and rates will need to be coordinated):

Hotel Valencia
355 Santana Row
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 551-0010
Nightly Rates: $379-$500
Reservations can be made by calling the hotel or visiting their website

San Jose Marriott
301 S Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Nightly Rates: $300-$500
Reservations can be made by calling the hotel or visiting their website