Department of Supply Chain Management

The traditional concept of business is obsolete. Companies, both manufacturing and service, are creators of value, not simply makers of products. Supply chain management focuses on globalization and information management tools that integrate all aspects of the product and service lifecycle, from the design stage to final customer delivery and product disposal.

We view supply chain management as the planning, execution and control of strategic, tactical and operational decisions that facilitate the movement of materials, services, resources and information among and within firms.

Educating supply chain managers

Our faculty members conduct leading-edge supply chain management research that advances the field, and they bring this research into the classroom to advance the skills of our graduates. We educate future managers who are prepared to add product value, increase quality, reduce costs and increase profits. They accomplish this by addressing the needs and performance of supplier relations, supplier selection, purchasing negotiations, operations, transportation, inventory, warehousing, benchmarking, third-party vendors, electronic commerce, recycling, supply chain electronic software and customer relations.

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The World’s Supply Chain University


The Department of Supply Chain Management endeavors to:

  • Bring supply chain thought leadership to the world’s most pressing problems.
  • Prepare, influence, and inspire our stakeholders to improve the communities we serve.
  • Produce world-class research that improves our discipline and engages with industry and civil society.


From procurement and supply networks and sustainability to health care and the intersection of the Internet and physical systems, W. P. Carey supply chain management faculty are on the leading edge of industry and academic research:


The Department of Supply Chain Management is one of the top-ranked supply chain departments in the nation. Currently, W. P. Carey is ranked No. 2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for undergraduate programs and No. 3 for graduate programs.