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To run their systems, supply chain managers the world over require expert advice from seasoned professionals and a steady stream of polished new talent. Faculty in UT’s Department of Supply Chain Management in the Haslam College of Business are tasked with reflecting the increasing importance of supply chains and the growing demand for skilled leaders in this arena.

Thomas Goldsby

To demonstrate the significance of the field, Haslam Chair of Logistics Tom Goldsby issues his students the granola-bar challenge: a test of tracking the sources of all a granola bar’s ingredients. The grains may be grown in the US, but when students track the origins of the spices, sugars, and fruits—not to mention the design and manufacture of the packaging—they soon find themselves on a global supply-chain hunt.

“Students can start to appreciate the complexities involved, and then we’ll talk about the efforts that go into getting that product from an assembly line into my hands,” Goldsby said.

This is just one way that supply chain management faculty are defining the field. In the winter 2022 edition of Our Tennessee, the UT System highlights how they are teaching, managing, and improving the global supply chains. Read the full article in Our Tennessee.

Our Tennessee (USPS 016-952, ISSN 15216411) is a magazine for the alumni of the University of Tennessee, with campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin; the UT Health Science Center based in Memphis, and the statewide Institute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service.

Established in 1917 as Tennessee Alumnus, the magazine is published three times a year for the University of Tennessee Alumni Association and distributed to all alumni donors.


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