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Operations and Supply Chain Management

All organizations (including manufacturing and service oriented organizations) have an operations function. The operations function makes the company run by finding the most efficient ways to produce a product or to deliver a service. The complexity of the global supply chain demands that businesses deliver better quality products and services -- with the best customer service, in the fastest time, and with a high degree of customization. These expectations make the operations function not only important, but critical to achieving success.

People with an education and experience in this field can make a substantial difference in a company’s profitability. Operations managers need good analytical, problem solving, and behavioral management skills not only to diagnose problems and improve current operations systems, but also to communicate and gather support for the required changes.


Today’s world demands that businesses deliver better quality products and services--with the best customer service, in the fastest time, and with a high degree of customization. These expectations make the operations function not only important, but critical to achieving success. Companies that manufacture items (cars, computers, food products), companies that provide services (banks, airlines, hospitals), and other kinds of organizations (educational, governmental) all have processes and operations.

The Vision Statement for our Operations and Supply Chain Management Program is practical, timely, and strongly connected to strategic initiatives in Indiana and the region.

Operations and Supply Chain Management majors will possess the ability to model and solve real business problems using appropriate analytical tools and advanced technology, and to communicate those solutions to the decision maker. They will understand the operational issues facing organizations and the role of operations management among other functional areas, preparing them for positions in firms of all sizes in all industries. They will understand how the integration of all functions across a business leads to improvements in quality, efficiency, and productivity, and how a global approach to making operating decisions benefits the entire organization, leading to improved competitiveness.

Students who major in OSCM learn how all of the areas of business contribute to managing a company’s supply chain. They use the computer to analyze information and develop models that support decision making. They study operating systems and may choose to explore forecasting systems, process simulation, risk and decision analysis, and quality management. Some choose to diversify by adding a course in marketing research, management information systems, or technology.

Many OSCM students choose to complete one or more internships. These may be done for academic credit or simply for the experience they provide. All of the classes work closely with local businesses to provide real data and real problems for students to use in class.

If you think you might be interested in learning how to make organizations better by applying principles of operations, contact us. We'll be glad to help get you started!



Contact Us

Contact Us

Dr. Steven Lamb
Interim Chair
Scott College of Business
Federal Hall, Room 207
Indiana State University
30 N. 7th St., Terre Haute, IN 47809
Phone: 812-237-3365
Fax: 812-237-8129





February 1, 2017
2017 Groundhog Day Economic Forecast Breakfast

February 6 - 9, 2017
Emily Cummins - Risk Manager in Residence

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February 14, 2017
Scott College of Business Admissions Ceremony

February 21, 2017
Brian McLeish - State Farm Circle of Influence Speaker

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February 23 - 25, 2017
University of Toledo Invitational Sales Competition

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March 1, 2017
Ethics Conference. What would You do? #WWYD

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March 15, 2017
Networks’ 13th Annual Insurance Public Policy Summit

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.
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March 27, 2017
Chris Westfall, National Elevator Pitch Champion

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April 28, 2017
College Honor Day

May 20 - 29, 2017
FGV Empreza Residential Program

October 21, 2017