2020 Supply Chain Management Directors' Conference


Welcome to USC Marshall School of Business Campus

The 9th Annual SCM Directors’ Conference
March 04-06, 2020

No Registration Fee

  • Are you responsible for developing and managing supply chain programs?
  • Are you experiencing difficulties in recruiting new particularly, domestic students?
  • Are you in the process of developing an STEM program or 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 USC Marshall School of Business, 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 Professor Nick Vyas. 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

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.

Nick Vyas

Nick Vyas, Ed.D
Conference Chair
Assistant Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations

Email
(213) 821-4079

Shawn Alborz

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

Email
(972) 883-6455

David Widdifield

David Widdifield, DM
Conference Co-Chair, UT Dallas
Director, MS Supply Chain Practice

Email
(972) 883-5168

Gareth James

Welcome to the 9th SCM Directors’ Conference at USC!

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 2020 Supply Chain Management Directors’ Conference. We are pleased to welcome you to University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business and 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. Nick Vyas, Dr. Shawn Alborz at UT Dallas and, Dr. David Widdifield 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 USC University campus.

Best wishes,
Gareth Games, PhD
Interim Dean, Marshall School of Business

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

Schedule for Wednesday March 4th, 2020
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06:00 – 08:00 PM SCM Directors’ Conference Welcome Reception
Marshall School of Business
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Schedule for Thursday March 5th, 2020
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07:30 – 08:15 AM Registration and light breakfast:
08:15 – 08:45 AM Conference Welcome: Nick Vayas (SCU) and Shawn Alborz (UT Dallas)
08:45 – 09:00 AM Opening Remarks: TBA
09:00 – 10:45 AM Keynote #1: TBA
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10:45 – 11:00 AM Coffee Break
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12:15 – 01:45 PM Lunch: Place TAB
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03:15 – 04:30 PM Discussion #2: TAB
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04:30 – 04:45 PM Wrap up: Nick Vayas (USC) and Shawn Alborz (UT Dallas)
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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 6th, 2020
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07:30 – 08:45 AM Light Breakfast in USC, address TBA
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09:45 – 11:00 AM Keynote #3: Gartner and Supply Chain Research (Academia and Industry)
Dana Stiffler, VP Research, Gartner
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12:00 Noon Closing Remarks: Nick Vayas (USC) and Shawn Alborz (UT Dallas)
Box lunches will be provided

Places to Visit in and Around USC in March 2020

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Hotel Information

We are working on getting a block rate for our conference participants and information will be posted soon.

Hotel Guest Parking

Parking information will posted soon.


Travel Information

Information will be added soon.