Global Supply Chain Management BS

Program Purpose


The supply chain consists of all the steps which lead to the production of goods and services, including suppliers and distribution channels. Supply Chain managers optimize all the steps so that the right amount of the right goods and services are delivered to customers at the right time. Effective managers must coordinate the links of the supply chain so as to maintain quality and customer satisfaction, while at the same time keeping costs under control. Students considering a career in supply chain management should have the ability to see the big picture of production, have good analytical skills, and be detail oriented. They must also be able to work in teams and have effective written and verbal communication skills.

The coursework for this emphasis prepares students for positions in purchasing and supply management, inventory management, logistics/transportation management, and operations management. Career paths also lead to executive-level positions such as chief supply chain officer, chief purchasing officer, chief logistics officer, and chief operations officer. Since many supply chains are becoming global, there are particularly good opportunities for individuals with international exposure or interest in working for multinational firms.

Course Structure

Students who graduate with a Global Supply Chain emphasis in the Business Management major are required to take BUS M 361, Introduction to Supply Chain and Operations, as part of the GSCM Junior Core (not separately from the core).

BUS M 361, Introduction to Supply Chain and Operations: Managing and designing processes and people along the value chain.

Students with an emphasis in Global Supply Chain are also required to complete the following courses:

BUS M 463, Quality Management: Concepts of quality management, strategic issues, philosophies, and tools such as Six Sigma and SQC used to control quality.

BUS M 466, Purchasing and Supply Management: Focuses on upstream supply chain of supplier selection, management, and development. Negotiation, costing, product development, and commodity analysis.

BUS M 468, Supply Chain Logistics: Integration of materials management (inbound transportation), physical distribution (outbound transportation), inventory, warehousing facility location, customer service, packaging, and materials handling.

BUS M 469, Global Supply Chain Strategy: Integrative and creative problem solving in designing and managing cohesive value-added conversion/transformation systems in a global environment..

Students will also need to complete one Global Supply Chain emphasis course from the following:

BUS M 450, Global Business Negotiations: Developing an effective negotiation framework for cross-national/cultural negotiation techniques relative to business and other life situations.

BUS M 462, Services Management: Management principles and characteristics of service industries and service aspects of supply chains: sources of strategic advantage; process analysis and tools; quality.

BUS M 465, Global Supply Chain: The emerging rules of a global marketplace and their influence on key supply chain activities and processes.

Students will also need to completeoneadditional 3-credit Marriott School elective from the approved elective list.

Undergraduate Catalog

Major Academic Plan (MAP)

Learning Outcomes


Students in Business Management develop skills and competencies in vital areas of business analytics and leadership effectiveness. These learning outcomes include:

Analytical Skills

Analytical Skills

Students will be able to assess and analyze operational and supply chain situations and data in order to identify opportunities for process improvement. 

Courses that Contribute: BUS M 466
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively

Communication Skills

Communication Skills

Students will be able to communicate supply chain management concepts in a logical and compelling way.

Courses that Contribute: BUS M 361
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence

Coordination Skills

Coordination Skills

Students will be able to develop strategies that will lead to productive relationships and efficient processes to connect supply chain members and customers.

Courses that Contribute: BUS M 466
Linked to BYU Aims: Lifelong learning

Evidence of Learning


Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement