State System BOG approves new major

For Immediate Release: July 9, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has approved Supply Chain Management as a major for Bloomsburg University’s College of Business

The major, focusing on the management process from the creation of a product through its consumption, will be offered for the first time during fall 2015. The program will be directed by John Grandzol, professor of management, along with Christian Grandzol, professor of management; Todd Shawver, assistant professor of accounting; and Ken Hall, assistant professor of marketing.

“We have witnessed tremendous changes in the way organizations conduct business during the last two decades,” said Jeffrey Krug, BU’s dean of the College of Business. “Globalization and technology trends have made organizations more complex, but also opened new opportunities to expand globally. Organizations increasingly need leaders who can manage their entire value chain — from research and development to purchasing to manufacturing to distribution, marketing, and sales.

“Bloomsburg has developed unique capabilities in supply chain management that will help students develop marketable skills leading to jobs with major firms here and abroad. It’s an exciting new frontier and BU is well positioned to become a leader in the field.”

BU’s program in Supply Chain Management (SCM) will have a sharp focus on operations, logistics and sourcing, and will prepare students for mid- and upper-level career tracks, according to John Grandzol. This major will offer extensive academic experiences compared to other universities’ programs. Internships will be available and all students will have related work experience upon graduation.

“SCM’s increased importance has created the challenge of ensuring there are enough qualified people to meet the profession’s needs,” said Grandzol. “The mix of skills required today is very different from what was needed just a decade ago. Our program is designed to attract talented students who are interested in an exciting and fulfilling career. It is designed with the latest practices in mind and will continually evolve to meet tomorrow’s needs.”

The concept of Supply Chain Management was born about 25 years ago and became synonymous with “operations management” in the mid-1990s. The concepts of SCM were introduced in the College of Business in 2004, focusing on cross-functional approaches to managing aspects of production and distribution of goods and services in most businesses and organizations.

“Effectively and efficiently managing the movements of products, money and information is a potent strategic resource to deliver more value, lower costs, and more agile responses in the face of steady change,” explained Grandzol.

From this new major comes the possibility of a future specialization, European Union Commerce, he added. This would allow students to travel between universities in European Union countries, including Germany, to learn about Supply Chain Management in foreign settings.

“Practices such as make-to-order and just-in-time management, combined with global sourcing, market volatility, sustainability initiatives and the quickly rising economies in China and India, have accelerated the pace of change and exposed companies to a wider range of risks,” said Grandzol. “SCM is at the heart of managing these issues.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.