Supply Chain Management Directors’ Conference 2015

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. That is why the UT Dallas (Naveen Jindal School of Management) has joined forces with Santa Clara University and Leavey School of Business to bring 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.

A tentative agenda includes:

  • Building Marketable Certificate Programs
  • Building Industry Relationships and Program Marketing
  • Career Skills: Communication, Leadership, Creativity and Technical Know-How
  • Curriculum Development (including areas such as healthcare, sustainability and more)
  • Industry Needs Analysis Methods in Building and Managing a SC Center
  • Methods to Grow Enrollment
  • Online Programs and Assessment (AACSB)
  • Ranking Methodology and Report
  • University and Industry Rankings
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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

Agenda for 2014 Supply Chain Management Directors’ Conference
Success through Collaboration: Elevating the SCM Discipline and Supporting its Global Growth

Wednesday, February 12th

4:45 p.m. Shuttle departs from Mission Bay Hilton to USD campus
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Welcome reception (Garden of the Sea on campus)
7:15 p.m. Shuttle departs from USD campus to Mission Bay Hilton

Thursday, February 13th

7:15 a.m. Shuttle departs from Mission Bay Hilton to USD campus
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Registration (Kroc School of Peace and Justice)
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Agenda
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
Dr Dave Pyke, Dean, University of San Diego
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Opening Keynote Presentation – Logistics & SCM in Military and Beyond
Mark Heinrich, Rear Admiral, US Navy (Retired), Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal, LLC
10:00 – 10:20 a.m. Networking Break
10:20 – 11:20 a.m. Panel 1: University – Industry Relationships: Producing Talent Aligned with Industry Needs
Jim Smith, Northrop Grumman (Moderator)
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Talent Supply Chain: An “Inventory” Dilemma
Dr Brian Gibson, Auburn University
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Panel 2: How Associations are Working with Academia to Grow the Supply Chain Profession
Dr Laura Meade, Texas Christian University (Moderator)
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Making NAFTA Local: Binational Supply Chains in the Cali-Baja Region
Kenn Morris, Founder and President of Cross Border Business
3:15 – 3:35 p.m. Networking Break
3:35 – 4:50 p.m. Panel 3: Marketing Best Practices for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
Dr Dale Rogers, Rutgers University
4:50 – 5:00 p.m. Wrap Up
5:15 p.m. Shuttle departs from USD campus to Old Town San Diego
5:45 p.m. Networking Reception: Tour of Historic Cosmopolitan Hotel; Dinner and Drinks
8:00 p.m. Shuttle departs from Old Town San Diego back to the Mission Bay Hilton

Friday, February 14th

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome Back
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Gartner Research: Ranking the Top University Supply Chain Programs
Dana Stiffler, Managing VP, Gartner Supply Chain
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Panel 4: How Academia Can Work with Industry to Produce Research They Can Apply
Joel Sutherland, University of San Diego (Moderator)
11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Wrap Up and Conference Evaluation
11:45 a.m. Adjourn