“The ISM program provided me with a strong foundation of supply chain knowledge, which has greatly benefited me in my career. At IndustryStar, we look to bright new ISM team members to help us drive client service excellence.” —Bill Crane, Founder and CEO, IndustryStar.
Western Michigan University's Center for Integrated Supply Management is housed within the Haworth College of Business, one of the largest schools of business in the United States, is the academic home to nearly 4,000 undergraduate students majoring in 16 specialized areas of business. An additional 500 graduate students study business administration and accountancy.
The Haworth College of Business is among an elite group of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is among a select 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accountancy programs.
The ISM program is been ranked by Gartner in the top 10 undergraduate supply chain programs and is often recognized for its unique curriculum. In 2015, Software Advice ranked the ISM undergraduate program No. 2 in the U.S. for emphasizing technology, software and quantitative tools in curriculum.
The unique curriculum of the ISM program is the result of integrating supply chain, information technology, continuous improvement and engineering curriculum from five departments across two colleges. The pedagogy stresses the integration of supply chain activities via information technology and the application of supply chain concepts and tools through industry projects, internships, consulting and applied research.
The program continues to evolve through continuous reevaluation of curriculum, including significant input from industry partners. The goal of the program is to develop supply chain professionals who can create competitive advantage for their organization in cost, time, and quality by integrating supply functions into an efficient value chain network. These value chain networks are demand driven, right sourced, and work end-to-end to respond to customers’ ever changing needs. This is the future of supply chains—flexible, agile and responsive—and this is where WMU’s Integrated Supply Management program is leading the way.
Recent graduates of the program are job ready from day one, often for positions above entry level and are prepared to take complete ownership for their decisions and strategy.
Center for Integrated Supply Management
The WMU Board of Trustees has established a Center for Integrated Supply Management to be housed in the Haworth College of Business. The center creates a focal point for integrated supply management education, research and resources. The purpose of the space is to stimulate communication, collaboration and innovation among faculty across disciplines, among business executives across industries and among undergraduate and graduate students across fields of study. Such diverse interaction provides a tool for inducing cultural change, speeding up innovation and enhancing the learning process, thus moving supply management thinking to the next level of performance.
Bronco Force provides consultative services to address the supply chain challenges confronting organizations of all sizes and complexity levels. Faculty and students who make up the Bronco Force determine the best methods to solve those problems. We have worked with such diverse partners as the city of Detroit, Impact Label Corp., Command Electronics and Stryker Corp.—to name a few.
As the program continues to grow and expand, there are many ways our alumni and friends can get involved and support:
- Center for Integrated Supply Management
- Experiential learning laboratory
- Internships and externships
- Job opportunities
- Program support
- Student support and scholarships
The integrated supply management program prepares students for a range of careers in the supply management field.
ISM graduates direct the buying activities for manufacturing companies. They are responsible for identifying global sources of materials, selecting suppliers, arranging contracts, managing relationships and ensuring quality. Graduates coordinate with materials management and manufacturing to ensure timely delivery of the appropriate materials. There are increasing opportunities in indirect procurement—procurement of everything a firm buys that does not go into its products. The WMU ISM program is one of just five programs in the nation that partners with ISM Services Group to integrate services procurement into the curriculum.
ISM graduates supervise production and assure quality in a manufacturing setting. They are responsible for supervising manufacturing engineers, production and quality associates, machine operators and other plant equipment operators. Graduates coordinate production scheduling, quality control, labor requirements, material requirements and finished goods inventories.
ISM graduates oversee a variety of logistics functions, including warehouse and distribution operations, forecasting, planning, logistics systems and customer service. They also coordinate third-party relationships with logistics suppliers and other members of supply management.
Not only do students become well-versed in these areas, they also develop skills in team management, interpersonal communication and group problem solving.
Access career resources and sample ISM resumes at the career center.