Bridging the gap between university and industry: experiences with a senior level undergraduate supply chain course

H.J. Steenhuis, E.J. de Bruijn

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Teaching operations and supply chain management courses can be challenging especially because textbook materials and “real” life experiences don’t always coincide. At Eastern Washington University a new approach has been introduced with a heavy emphasis on practical knowledge, i.e. oriented towards careers in supply chain management. The approach taken is comprehensive, i.e. both purchasing and logistics aspects of supply chain management are treated, and focuses on analysis and the application of theories rather than for example memorization of textbook material. More than half of the time, students were interacting with companies either in company visits, during which students had to analyze the specific supply chains and their implications for management, and in small projects during which students performed quantitative analysis to help companies. Despite several challenges, the approach has led to increased industry interaction, more practically oriented knowledge for students, increased knowledge on job opportunities and requirements, and industry feedback on class content
Original languageUndefined
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event16th Annual POMS Conference 2005: OM Frontiers: Winds of Change - Chicago, United States
Duration: 29 Apr 20052 May 2005
Conference number: 16


Conference16th Annual POMS Conference 2005
Abbreviated titlePOMS
CountryUnited States


  • IR-73594
  • METIS-230453

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