2019 Supply Chain Management Directors' Conference

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Welcome to Syracuse, Whitman School of Management Campus

The 8th Annual SCM Directors’ Conference
March 13-15, 2019

No Registration Fee

If you experience these issues, then you are not alone. The conference hosted by Syracuse, Whitman School of Management, and Jindal School of Management, UT Dallas 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. This conference also has been selected as one of the top 50 Logistics, Warehouse and Inventory Management Conferences to attend in 2017.

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 Frances Tucker. The agenda may include:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Online Program Development
  • Developing STEM Program
  • Program Assessment (AACSB)
  • Methods to Grow Domestic Enrollment
  • University and Industry Rankings
  • Building Marketable Certificate Programs
  • Building Industry Advisory Board and Relationships
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Syracuse Highlights

If there are topics you would like to see on the program, please let us know and we would be happy to add it to the program agenda.

Frances Tucker

Frances Tucker, PhD
Conference Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain

(315) 443-3442

Gary La Point

Mr. Gary La Point
Conference Co-Chair
Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Practice

(315) 443-3331

Shawn Alborz

Shawn Alborz, PhD
Conference Co-Chair, UT Dallas
Associate Dean

(972) 883-6455

Gene Anderson

Welcome to the 8th SCM Directors’ Conference at Syracuse!

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 2019 Supply Chain Management Directors’ Conference. We are pleased to welcome you to Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and we hope you enjoy your time with us.

This year’s conference will focus on a number of exciting topics, including supply chain analytics, building innovative and practical supply chain curriculum in the digital era, and the importance of strong industry engagement and partnerships for outstanding supply chain research and curriculum. This conference is a wonderful opportunity for leading supply chain management colleagues to exchange ideas as together they confront challenges and recognize innovations in the field.

I would like to thank the conference program committee, including Dr. Frances Tucker, and Mr. Gary La Point, and Dr. Shawn Alborz at UT Dallas for their time and dedication to planning and delivering this conference. I am confident you will have a reinvigorated view of the work you do in your programs.

Best wishes for a productive and enjoyable conference on the Syracuse University campus.

Best wishes,
Gene Anderson, PhD
Dean of Whitman School of Management
Syracuse University

The tentative schedule is noted below and will be updated periodically.

Schedule for Wednesday March 13th, 2019
Time Program
06:00 – 08:00 PM SCM Directors’ Conference Welcome Reception
Whitman School of Management
David and Ilene Flaum Grand Hall
721 University Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244

Schedule for Thursday March 14th, 2019
Time Program
07:30 – 08:15 AM Registration and light breakfast:
08:15 – 08:45 AM Conference Welcome: Fran Tucker and Gary La Point (Syracuse), Shawn Alborz (UT Dallas)
08:45 – 09:00 AM Opening Remarks: Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and Prof. of Marketing, Kyu Lee, Syracuse
09:00 – 10:45 AM Keynote #1: Global Supply Chain and Risk Factors now and in the Future
Nicholas T. Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO, Snap-on Incorporated

Break out Session: Reflecting and Planning for Global Uncertainty in SCM Education: Roles of Curriculum and Centers
Nick Vayas
Rong Li
Mohan Gopalakrishnan
Anthony Ross
10:45 – 11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:15 PM Discussion #1: Designing a Project/Problem Based Supply Chain Curriculum
Can these be done in allprograms (online, in person, blended)
Can technology like augmented reality be a substitute
Roles of centers

Gary La Point
Stan Fawcett
Rob Hooker
Rosemary Coates
Mark Davis
12:15 – 01:45 PM Lunch: Flaum Grand Hall
01:45 – 03:15 PM Keynote #2: Women in Supply Chain Management
Speaker: Micaela Niven Bulich

Break out Session: Lessons From the AWESOME-Gartner Research and Applying Them to Recruiting, Mentoring, Coaching and and advocating Women in School and Workplace
Fran Tucker
Julie Niederhoff
Min Wang
Zack Zacharia
Gary La Point
03:15 – 04:30 PM Discussion #2: Future Course/Curriculum, Technology, Technique and Possible Joint Programs (e.g., Predictive Analytics, SAS, Joint Programs between SCM and Engineering or IT, etc.)
What are the tools and techniques needed?
Where would SCM programs acquire the skills?

Rong Li
Gary La Point
Jen Yi (Jay) Chen
Bill Lee
04:30 – 04:45 PM Wrap up: Frances Tucker and Gary La Point (Syracuse)
04:45 PM Bus to Goldstein Faculty and Alumni Center (on the Syracuse Campus), Bus leaves at Adams Street Exit of Whitman (10 minutes walk from hotel)
05:00 – 08:00 PM Networking Reception and Dinner Event
07:45 – 08:30 PM Shuttle to Hotel or Walk Back

Schedule for Friday March 15th, 2019
Time Program
07:30 – 08:45 AM Light Breakfast in Whitman SOM Flaum Grand Hall
08:45 – 09:45 AM Discussion #3: Roles of Centers: How and When to Engage With a Wide Variety of Industry Associations (e.g., CSCMP, APICS, WERC, ISM, etc.)?
Theme question
Theme question
Rick Blasgen (CSCMP)
Mike Ogle (APICS)
Troy Pinkins
Zach Zacharia
Dave Malenfant
John Impellizzeri
09:45 – 11:00 AM Keynote #3: Gartner and Supply Chain Research (Academia and Industry)
Dana Stiffler, VP Research, Gartner
11:00 – 12:00 Noon Discussion #4: Online/Hybrid programs, Micro Masters, etc.
Program development
Newest trends and challenges
What are the newest trends?
Success factors and interactive cases

Eva Ponce
Steven Dunlop
12:00 Noon Closing Remarks: Fran Tucker and Gary La Point (Syracuse), Shawn Alborz (UT Dallas)
Box lunches will be provided

Hotel Information

We have allocated a room block with the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center (see the address below). The special rate is $150 per/night single or double occupancy. The rates specified do not include applicable taxes, which are currently 13%, (8% New York State and local sales tax and 5% County Occupancy tax). All taxes are subject to change without notice. Please book your room before the deadline of 02/13/2019.

Book Hotel – Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel

Hotel Address
801 University Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Tel: (315) 475-3000

Hotel Guest Parking

Parking is available in the Hotel’s attached parking garage. There is a fee of $15.00 per vehicle, per night for registered Hotel guests. The fee is automatically posted to the guest room folio each night.

Reservation Cut-Off Date

All rooming lists and/or reservations must be submitted by 5:00pm on the cut-off date of February 13, 2019 to guarantee availability and rate. The Hotel will accept reservations after the cut-off date, on a space available basis, at the best available rate. Should reservations be made after the contracted reservation cut-off date has passed, the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center accepts no responsibility to extend the group rate to those guests who accepted room confirmation with non-group rates.

Reservation Procedures

We understand that all guests will make their own reservations directly with the Hotel on an individual basis, identifying themselves as being with SU School Of Management Supply Chain Director’s Conference. For the convenience of your attendees, we offer our toll free number: 1-888-627-7097. We also offer a dedicated website with 24 – 7 access for your attendees. Following the reservation cut-off date, guest rooms are subject to availability and the Hotel’s prevailing room rates.

Travel Information

Information will be added soon.