2021 Supply Chain Management Directors' Conference

2021 Supply Chain Management Directors' Conference USC Marshall School of Business campus
Supply Chain Management Directors’ Conference
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Welcome to USC Marshall School of Business Campus

The 10th Annual SCM Directors’ Conference March 4-5, 2021

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

(213) 821-4079

Shawn Alborz

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

(972) 883-6455

David Widdifield

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

(972) 883-5168

Geoff Garrett

Welcome to the 10th SCM Directors’ Conference at USC!

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 2021 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, 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 USC University campus.

Best wishes,
Geoff Garrett, PhD
Dean, Marshall School of Business

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

Schedule for Thursday March 4th, 2021 (PST)
Time Program
09:50 – 10:00 AM Attend via Zoom Link
10:00 – 10:15 AM Conference Welcome: Nick Vyas (SCU) and Shawn Alborz (UT Dallas)
10:15 – 10:30 AM Opening Remarks: Geoff Garrett Dean, USC Marshall School of Business
10:30 – 11:30 AM Keynote #1: Higher Education Sustainability
Speaker: Dr. Ravi Kumar, Professor Emeritus of Operations Management, Marshall School of Business
11:30 – 11:45AM Virtual Coffee Break
11:45 – 01:00 PM Discussion #1: Innovative Curriculum, Certification and Industry Application
  • How to align curriculum with industry needs?
  • What would be the best course format (lecture, case analysis, game/role playing, project-based, simulation, etc.) to deliver content?
  • Who are the professional organizations?
  • What certification types are desired by students and businesses?
  • How to engage industry partners in the development of experiential learning opportunities?
Christopher Gopal, PhD – University of Southern California
Judith Whipple, Phd – Michigan State University
Margaret Kidd, PhD – University of Houston

Manoj Babu, PhD – Marquette University
01:00 – 01:30 PM Virtual Lunch
01:30 – 03:00 PM Discussion #2: Academic and Industry Collaborative Consortium (Use case of USC Healthcare Consortium)
  • How can university lead industry collaboration to make meaning impact?
  • How can university proactively influence policy and practices?
  • How can the collaborative model developed from the USC healthcare consortium be applied to other industries?
  • What are the lessons learned from the USC healthcare consortium?
Daniel Bumblauskas, PhD – University of Northern Iowa
Laird Burns, PhD – University of Huntsville Alabama
Sue Sundar, PhD – University of Utah
Sriram Dasu, PhD – University of Southern California
03:00 – 03:05 PM Wrap up: Nick Vayas (USC) and Shawn Alborz (UT Dallas)

Schedule for Friday March 5th, 2021 (PST)
Time Program
09:50 – 10:00 AM Attend via Zoom Link
10:00 – 11:00 AM Keynote #2: Gartner and Supply Chain Research (Academia and Industry)
Dana Stiffler, VP Research, Gartner
11:00 – 11:15AM Virtual Coffee Break
11:15- 01:00 PM Discussion #3: Post Covid-19 Outlook on HigherEd (Supply Chain Programs)
  • What is the macro/micro trends on supply chain outlook? What is likely to change?
  • What are the impacts on grad and undergrad programs curriculum/certifications?
  • What are the geopolitical implications on foreign students?
  • How online format has impacted program initiatives (e.g., student mentoring, student expereince, UG events)?
Elizabeth Fisher, MS – Michigan State University
Scott Grawe, Phd – Iowa State University
Sue Sundar, PhD – University of Utah

Elaine Singleton, PhD – University of South Florida
01:00 – 01:10 PM Closing Remarks: Nick Vayas (USC) and Shawn Alborz (UT Dallas)

The conference is virtual. However, just in case you are in the area, then you may want to consider visiting places in and around USC in March 2021

Local History
  • Exposition Park

    Walking distance from the USC campus is the City of Los Angeles, museum row. Visit the science, math and technology museum at the California Science Center. The California Science Center, also houses the Endeavor Space Shuttle. The Science museum is free, tickets to the space shuttle is $2.00. Also, Explore natural and cultural worlds at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The Natural History museum, features artifacts from the prehistoric, dinosaur era to the evolution of Los Angeles, rich history beginnings. The museum is free after 3pm. Tickets for earlier entrance $15.00 at the door. The recently renovated California African American Museum gives you a unique view into one of America’s oldest and influential cultures. The African-American museum is free. The iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the brand new Banc of California Stadium offer the excitement of world-class athletic competition, while the EXPO Center is a hub of recreational activity for the neighborhood.

  • The Broad Museum

    The Broad is a contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles. The museum was founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, who also funded the Broad Contemporary building at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The distinctive white honeycomb-covered building is located just south of the Walt Disney Concert Hall across Grand Avenue from the Museum of Contemporary Art. The addition of The Broad to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s two downtown campuses, Gallery Row and the Downtown L.A. Arts District, makes the area world-class destination for contemporary art, from fine art to street art. The museum is free. Advanced registration is recommended.

  • Olvera Street

    Olvera Street (Calle Olvera or Placita Olvera) is a historic district in downtown Los Angeles, and a part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Many of the historic buildings are on Olvera Street, as well as some of the oldest Los Angeles monuments including the Avila Adobe built in 1818, Pelanconi House built in 1857, and the Sepulveda House built in 1887. The tree-shaded, pedestrian mall marketplace with craft shops, restaurants and roving troubadours is a popular tourist destination. The street has been described as a “Top Five” in the “Great Streets of America” journal.

  • Little Tokyo

    Little Tokyo Historic District, is an ethnically Japanese American district in downtown Los Angeles and the heart of the largest Japanese-American population in North America. Explore museums, shops and some of the best sushi restaurant in town.

  • LA Live
    and The Staples Center

    Entering the corridor of the heart of downtown Los Angeles, you’ll see the Los Angeles Convention Center, The Staples Center and LA Live. Just 2 miles from USC campus, you can check the venues listings for concerts, basketball and other events at the Staples Center. LA Live, located right next to Staples, offers varied cuisine, as well as entertainment of Lucky Strike bowling and bar, The Conga Room, as well as the Grammy Museum. Check the websites for current events.

  • The Hollywood Bowl

    Located just west of downtown Los Angeles, The Hollywood Bowl is an amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood. It was named one of the 10 best live music venues. You can picnic under the stars while listening to the Orchestra play. Check the website for current events, transportation and ticket information.

Hotel Information

The conference is virtual. However, if you are in the area, then you may want to consider staying at hotels near USC.

USC Hotel
3540 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Reservation: (833) 2-BOOK-USC

JW Marriott at LA LIVE
900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Reservation: (213)-765-8600

Westin Bonaventure
404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Registration: (213) 624-1000