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Darla Moore School of Business


The mission of the Moore School’s Global Supply Chain & Operations Management (GSCOM) undergraduate track is to produce students with advanced knowledge and practical applied experiences in twin competencies of operations and business process improvement and global supply chain design, analysis and improvement.

A Unique Approach to Supply Chain and Process Management

Students are prepared for specific GSCOM careers in global manufacturing firms in production, purchasing, quality control, distribution and supply chain management; in service firms for general operations management and logistics/supply chain management; and in consulting firms as business process and quality improvement consultants. Even while pursuing other majors in accounting, finance, international business, marketing or MIS as primary careers, GSCOM knowledge and skills provide valuable complementary competencies.

The GSCOM program consists of cutting-edge courses in Lean systems, Six Sigma methodologies and business re-engineering process improvement approaches, service operations management, strategic sourcing, logistics and distribution and supply chain modeling and optimization. The program focuses on not just learning but applying these skills through a Capstone consulting project course in which student teams tackle a live operations, business process or supply chain improvement project with an actual organization, thus preparing them for Six Sigma Green Belt certifications. GSCOM professors are not only accomplished scholars in the GSCOM field, but most have also executed significant process improvement and supply chain consulting engagements with global firms. 

A salient strength of the program is the Operations and Supply Chain Center, a consortium of major organizations with whom the program partners conduct value-added consulting projects, which not only provide the Capstone experience to students, but also benefit the partner firms.

Current partners of the Operations and Supply Chain Center are Carolina Healthcare Systems, Continental Tire, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Cummins, Daimler, Delta, Johnson & Johnson, McLeod Health, Michelin, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Siemens, Sonoco, Textron, Trane-Ingersoll Rand and UTC Aerospace Systems. Efforts are underway to expand the consortium to include more firms from the automotive, banking, hospital, hotel, packaging/shipment, transportation and other sectors.

The Moore School is unique from other business schools' operations and supply chain management programs because of the opportunity for undergraduates to attain the actual Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Students receive rigorous coverage of the Lean Six Sigma approach to supply chain and operations management and must complete a formal written Green Belt exam from Sonoco Product Company (a $4.9 billion global manufacturing firm) and a major certified project in one of our center partner firms to meet the project requirement for Green Belt certification.

Certified graduates are increasingly preferred over candidates from other leading programs and have found high-profile full-time positions in operations/process improvement and in supply chain domain in many leading firms. Employers of the GSCOM program include Amazon, Bank of America, Boeing, Bosch, Carolina Healthcare Systems, C.H. Robinson, Colonial Life, Eastman Chemical, Ernst & Young, GE, IBM, Ingersoll Rand, International Paper, Johnson & Johnson, Manhattan Associates, McKinsey & Company, Michelin, Nestle, PwC, Polo Ralph Lauren and Target.

For more information, contact Professor Sanjay Ahire (803-873-3376).