KNOXVILLE, TN — First and second-year MBA students, as well as selected undergraduate supply chain management majors, in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration participated in the college’s Fall 2011 Supply Chain Forum. With more than 150 executives attending from the forum’s 48 organizational sponsors, UT’s forum is the largest supply chain forum in the academic world.
“Our Supply Chain Forum sponsors enjoy a wide range of benefits, including education, networking, and recruiting top-ranked students,” said Paul Dittmann, executive director of UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute, which houses the forum. “Sponsors learn best practices, arm themselves with practical ideas, have first-look access to the latest supply chain research, and receive special pricing on UT executive education.”
For nearly two decades, UT’s top-ranked supply chain management program has hosted this U.S.-based forum for corporate leaders, professors, and students to share ideas about the latest supply chain issues. Held twice a year, the three-day forum includes presentations, breakout sessions, and networking receptions.
A natural outgrowth of this U.S.-based forum is UT’s new Global Supply Chain Forum, launched June 2011 in Paris, France, in partnership with top-ranked ESSEC Business School. Similar in structure to the U.S. forum, these international forums enable members from multiple industries and locations and a global faculty to focus on worldwide and region-specific supply chain issues.
Current sponsors of the U.S.-based Supply Chain Forum include Alcoa, Amazon, Amway, APL Logistics, Averitt Express, Avery Dennison, Bayer Healthcare, BNSF Railway, Boeing, Boise Inc., Bush Brothers & Company, Caterpillar Logistics, Cintas Corporation, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., Deere & Company, Defense Logistics Agency, Dell Inc., Dover Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, Ernst & Young LLC, Estee Lauder, Honeywell International, Inmar, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Kenco Logistic Services, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Lowe’s Companies, Macy’s, Martin-Brower, McCormick & Company Inc., ModusLink, Nestlé USA, Nissan North America, OfficeMax, OHL, Pepsico, Pilot Flying J, Procter & Gamble, Radio Systems Corporation, Ryder, Terra Technology, The Walt Disney Company, Whirlpool Corporation, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., and WWL Vehicle Services Americas Inc.
UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute, housed in the College of Business Administration’s Center for Executive Education, unites under one umbrella the college’s broad spectrum of supply chain offerings. The institute includes the delivery of degree, non-degree, and custom executive education programs; worldwide industry forums; research initiatives; custom programs; global partnerships; corporate audits; and more. It brings a global perspective to supply chain issues through its relationships with academic institutions in Asia, Latin, America, and Central and Western Europe.
For more information about UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute, please visit http://globalsupplychaininstitute.utk.edu. For more information about the UT full-time MBA program, please see http://mba.utk.edu.