Leeds University Business School is launching a research centre to focus on developing the latest practices in supply chain management and to provide practical advice to support businesses throughout the UK.
The Centre for Operations and Supply Chain Research (COSCR) will be officially launched by its director, Professor Chee Yew Wong at an event on 9 December. The event will feature a guest lecture by Dr Tomas Hult from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, who will also launch his latest book, Global Supply Chain Management.
Supply chain management is growing in its sophistication and its influence on business strategies. Every resource we use goes through some kind of supply chain, which can involve a variety of activities from operations to manufacturing, innovation and customer relations. The COCSR will provide a range of educational and research opportunities to grow the skills, competencies and confidence of business leaders and managers, enabling them to integrate these functions and ensure the long-term sustainability of their companies.
Speaking about the new centre, Professor Wong stressed the value it will bring to both businesses and students: “The COSCR is a multi-disciplinary research centre that focuses on developing and disseminating knowledge in operations and supply chain management, as well as advancing managerial practices. Our research aims to benefit policy and decision makers, management consultants, public and business managers, students, academic researchers and the wider societies.”
Leeds University Business School has recently formed a strategic relationship with the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University which will provide a foundation for the two organisations to work together on collaborative research projects and programmes for business and will create opportunities for students at both universities.
The association between the two universities leverages the skills of both to position the COSCR within the context of the global supply chain market. It enables Leeds to build on its current capability and gives the Broad College of Business, which is already top ranked in the US for supply chain management education, a stronger presence in Europe.
“We’ve partnered with Michigan State because we have common educational values, ” says Professor Wong. They are also global leaders in supply chain expertise with a great deal of experience of working with blue chip companies. There’s a lot we can learn from them, and, in return, we can help globalise their own research.”
As part of its Supply Chain Mastery series, the first executive development event to be run by the COSCR will be a three day residential programme at the beginning of February next year. Emerging Integrated Supply Chain Strategies and New Constructs of Value will introduce new and emerging supply chain strategies to managers working in operations and supply chain, providing them with the skills and perspectives to increase business resilience and efficiency. For further details on this course viewers do please contact Rob Whieldon on +44 (0)113 344 3915, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the COSCR website at lubswww.leeds.ac.uk/coscr.
Leeds University Business School
Leeds University Business School is internationally renowned for the quality of its teaching, its research and its facilities. The latest Economist Executive MBA rankings place the School 7th in the UK and 41st overall in a league table of 62 international business schools. Leeds was the top business school in the North of England for its Executive MBA.
Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University
Michigan State University (MSU) has been working to advance the common good in uncommon ways for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources on creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
The Broad College of Business has been ranked as #1 by U.S. News & World Report for supply chain management for the past three years. The College is also among the top 30 undergraduate business programs in the US, ranking #27 this year and #16 among public institutions.
The Centre for Operations and Supply Chain Research
The Centre for Operations and Supply Chain Research is a multi-disciplinary research centre that focuses on developing and disseminating knowledge in operations and supply chain management, as well as advancing managerial practices. Research at the centre focuses on global business issues including supply chain resilience and sustainability; technology, networks and innovation; social networks and analysis; performance and programme management; digital supply chain and economy; and global value chain management.