Operations and Supply Management
- Major Courses, General Education Courses, and Concentration Courses
- Admission and Transfer Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
Why Choose Operations and Supply Management?
For the serious business student, operations and supply management enables the individual to not only manage the business, but the ability to improve it. The degree includes a lean systems focused curriculum. The classes prepare individuals to lead, manage, and evaluate a continuous improvement system within an organization and with its suppliers. Students will acquire the skills to apply the lean principles in a complex work environment.
The Operations portion of the program focuses on integrating the core Lean principles (process efficiency, value stream mapping, kaizen, PDCA, 5S, pull, leveling process stability, standardized work, root-cause problem resolution and A3 Reporting), Six Sigma (process quality), Lean culture (skills development), Lean cost management (value stream performance measurement), and 5) Leadership techniques (employee centric) to assist the organization in achieving and sustaining optimal employee and organization/operational performance.
The Supply Management section of the program concentrates on how to extend the lean system to the organization's suppliers. Collaboration with an organization’s suppliers and service providers is essential in achieving the lean goal – delivering the right product/service at the right time, in the right quantity, to the right customer, at the right cost. Managing the flow of incoming and outbound goods, services, and related information involved provide valuable tools for turning logistics problems into a competitive advantage. The emphasis will be directed on supplier selection, reducing logistics costs, improving logistics service, and removing impediments as well as bottlenecks to achieve efficient and effective operations.
This cutting edge approach will provide graduates with highly sought-after capabilities to improve operational & financial performance and monitor growth within any type of organization - e.g. banks, nonprofits, offices, hospitals, restaurants, manufacturing.
Students who feel they are driven to make things better and see structure in business end up in middle to upper management positions with this degree. To put it simply, graduates of this program are in demand. Business and industry need people with combined technical and business backgrounds for positions in areas such as quality, purchasing, supply chain management, global logistics, human relations, materials, production control and technical support. The Operations and Supply Management program prepares students for these positions.
College graduates are gaining entry-level positions in production control, purchasing, supply chain management, supplier development engineer, plant layout, inventory control, materials manager, traffic management, distribution management and management training.
In fact, Ferris' placement service reports that requests for individuals with operations and supply management training are usually in greater demand than the number of available graduates. Companies that have hired Ferris graduates in the past range from Fortune 500 manufacturing firms to the growing service industry.