Photo taken from above of shipping containers on a loading dock

Rocky Roads

Preparing students for turbulence with a supply chain management degree

When the pandemic upended every aspect of the global supply chain from factory production to shipping routes, Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management added two new courses, already in the works, to its Master of Supply Chain Management program. Their focus? Risk management and strategy.

While supply chains used to be more predictable, the past few years have seen not only disruptions related to COVID-19, but also singular events such as a container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for six days, throwing global trade routes into chaos.

“We want to make sure our students are aware of these disruptions and their sources, and think about the solutions,” said Alireza Kabirian, PhD, an associate professor and co-director of the master’s program.

Read the full story in Think magazine.