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Supply Chain Management




Program in the WORLD for supply chain research

-Transportation Journal


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Program in the WORLD for supply chain talent

-SCM World


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Supply Chain Management (SCM) is an integrated program of study focusing on the efficient flow of materials, products, and information within and among organizations.

Supply chain management involves the integration of business processes across organizations, from material sources and suppliers through manufacturing and processing to the final customer. The program provides students with the core knowledge related to a wide variety of supply chain activities, including demand planning, purchasing, inventory control, material handling, product and service support, information technology, and strategic supply chain management. In addition, the program offers two concentrations: logistics and operations. The logistics concentration focuses on transportation, distribution, warehousing, facility location analysis, and packaging. The operations concentration focuses on the analysis, design, implementation, planning, control, and improvement of manufacturing and service processes.


The study of Supply Chain Management prepares students for professional careers with manufacturers, distributors, transportation carriers, logistics service providers, and consulting firms. The curriculum provides the required theoretical/conceptual base and analytical methods for making sound operational and strategic business decisions.



Average starting salary for undergraduate Supply Chain Management graduates from Iowa State University

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Of SCM undergraduates reported they were working, continuing their education or serving in the military within six months of graduation.

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Case Study

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SCM Requirements

Contact Information

Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems

David and Deb Kingland Supply Chain and Information Systems Suite

2340 Gerdin Business Building

Ames, IA 50011-1350

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In May 2010, the Logistics and Supply Chain Management major (LSCM) and the Operations and Supply Chain Management major (OSCM) were combined into the Supply Chain Management (SCM) major. The OSCM and LSCM majors are only available for students in the 2009-2011 catalog and will remain active through summer 2016.