Jenkins MBA students report on state’s supply chain sector

Submitted by Anna Rzewnicki on Monday Feb 08, 2016.

[UPDATE | 2/10/16 | The Material Handling & Logistics U.S. Roadmap reported on the students' presentation at the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals Charlotte Roundtable. MHI also reported on the study]

Members of a team of Jenkins MBA students from the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management last week gave a preliminary report on results of their comprehensive study – “North Carolina’s Supply Chain: Conduit for Commerce and Economic Development” to the Port and Rail Subcommittee of the North Carolina State House Select Committee on Strategic Transportation Planning and Long Term Funding Solutions.

The report will be formally released on Feb. 9 in Charlotte, at the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals Charlotte Roundtable and online.

Authors of the report are Dana A. Magliola, Lindsay T. Schilleman and John C. Elliott, all NC State Jenkins MBA candidates and current SCRC Supply Chain Scholars. The MBA team investigated the economic impact of 14 key supply chain sectors in the state, in terms of direct, indirect, and induced employment, labor income, output, GDP contribution and taxes. Once better understood, future plans, investments, and prudent policy decisions can further strengthen this sector, a vital conduit for prosperity in North Carolina.

Prior to the completion of this research and report, there have been limited investigations of the overall economic impact of the supply chain in North Carolina. Specific industries within the supply chain have been the subject of individual research and analysis, however no report has yet provided perspective and visibility across the entire supply chain.

The report provides context and analysis through a sector-by-sector investigation, highlighting pertinent data and dynamics. Key trends for each sector are discussed, while broader themes that more holistically impact the supply chain are also examined. Another key characteristic of this study was the creation of a systematic and consistent methodology to capture and analyze the economic impact of supply chain related activities and industries in North Carolina today and in the future. This methodology is also intended to provide a simple and easy-to-follow process for investigating the economic impact of the supply chain in other states, regions, and communities.

The SCRC, based in the NC State Poole College of Management, is an industry-university partnership dedicated to advancing the supply chain industry and the professionalism of its practitioners. This study was completed as a Jenkins MBA supply chain practicum project for MHI, a Charlotte, NC-based trade association representing the material handling and supply chain industry, and a partner organization of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative.

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