Once a niche topic, supply chain management has been elevated in importance by the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic forced companies to shift focus in supply chains from efficiency to resilience, as lockdowns exposed the risks of relying on a small number of suppliers based overseas for labor cost arbitrage.
If knowledge of supply chain management is now more important, a growing number of business schools are catering to students interested in studying this fast-moving discipline. And, many of the world’s top schools offer Online MBA degrees with specialisms in supply chain management and related fields such as operations and logistics.
Online courses cater to working professionals who do not need to sacrifice their career or income to earn an MBA degree.
Students in these courses develop specialist knowledge in global logistics and supply chain management, in addition to broad-based knowledge in leadership, management and other key business areas. So they build knowledge and skills to ensure the profitable and efficient transfer of goods and services, in addition to the skills of accounting, finance, human resources management and marketing.
The programs also cover supply chain innovation and sustainability along with global trade, organizational behavior and cultural change. Here are the top 10 options.
UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Online MBA course covers global supply chain management in great detail. The curriculum covers supply chain from a managerial perspective, and how to improve supply chain processes and adapt them to the digital business environment. At the end of the course, students have the tools and metrics to evaluate a supply chain and recommend design changes.View School Profile
Students taking the Online MBA degree at Indiana’s Kelley School can customize the curriculum to their professional aspirations and personal tastes. In addition to taking core courses in operations management which includes topics on supply chains, students can take electives in global logistics to deepen their understanding of the field.View School Profile
London’s Imperial College Business School’s Online MBA includes a specialism in Business Analytics and Operations. In this module, students explore how companies can better organize their operations to align supply with demand. They examine common supply chain challenges and effective solutions, as well as inventory and revenue management.View School Profile
Online MBA students at UF Warrington can specialize in supply chain management, and take courses out of the Supply Chain Management Center at the business school in Florida. The Center conducts research that informs teaching in the Online MBA. It also facilitates internships for students and graduates with leading global companies.View School Profile
Carey’s Department of Supply Chain Management is one of the best in the country. And Online MBA students can take a concentration in supply chain management that incorporates core business knowledge with specialist operational skills. Students learn to think more strategically and communicate more effectively, in addition to managing the flow of goods and services between businesses and locations.View School Profile
The Online MBA at Northeastern includes an Operations and Supply Chain Management Concentration, which focuses on digital technology and globalization. Students develop understanding of supply chain strategy, digital commerce and trade policy. They can also specialize in fields such as supply chain healthcare, analytics and sustainability.View School Profile
The Online MBA at Penn State Smeal includes a supply chain management concentration that helps students to build expertise in areas such as sourcing, procurement and logistics management. The business school’s Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems is ranked highly and the classes are taught by world-renowned experts in operations and supply chains.View School Profile
The Online MBA at Lehigh Business includes a Supply Chain Management Concentration which covers demand and planning, strategic management and transportation. That’s in addition to business analytics, negotiation and more. Students who choose this specialism can expect a hands-on learning environment with case studies and industry experts.View School Profile
Spain’s IE Business School includes core modules in creating value through operations, with Online MBA students discovering how to set up and run operations in both physical products and services, and covering inventory management, planning and project management. They also learn how operations and supply chain management interact with other functional areas of business and the economy more widely.View School Profile
The Naveen Jindal School of Management has deep expertise in supply chain management. The Online MBA course includes core classes in operations and logistics management, which introduces students to the latest practices, technology, applications and supply chain developments. Students learn how to identify, solve and manage complex operational challenges.View School Profile