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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
October 31, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Undergraduate concentration in Supply Chain Management



The undergraduate concentration in Supply Chain Management comprises the following four elective courses:

BU405 - Purchasing and Materials Management

BU435 - Supply Chain Management

BU445 - Information Systems for Supply Chain Management

BU455 - Transportation and Facilities Management

These electives educate BBA students about techniques that they can apply to help an organization succeed in managing both its internal and external supply chain operations. Supply chain management exemplifies the philosophy that success in managing any business operation of substance requires understanding of how the operation cuts across functional boundaries and across organizations. By focusing on problem solving approaches that are integrative (i.e., they traverse functions such as marketing and finance), the SCM concentration provides a vital complement to your knowledge of these functions.

This is valuable preparation for entry level positions such as logistics planner, buyer, supply management analyst, and inventory analyst. These are ideal starting points for progressing to senior vice presidency positions within a company's supply chain area. These positions exist in both the private and public sectors, as well as in a wide variety of industries (manufacturing, service, transportation, consulting, health care, retail, etc.) The importance of supply chain operations and the continued strong demand for individuals with supply chain expertise contribute to the attractive salaries that organizations are willing to pay. For example, starting salaries generally range between $35,000 and $45,000, and, within the first five years of working in supply chain management or related fields such as logistics, individuals can earn an annual base salary averaging $55,000 - $60,000.

For more information on the exciting career prospects in supply chain management, please feel free to view the SCM Career DVD, which you can borrow from the Centre for Supply Chain Management