Department of Operations & Supply Chain Management

Study Abroad in Japan During Spring Break 2011 (OSM 438/538)

Posted on June 11, 2010

During the Spring 2011 Semester, the OSM Department will offer a new course titled, "International Field Experience in Supply Chain Management." This course is specially arranged for students to study advanced manufacturing systems and logistics in countries such as Japan, China, Singapore, and Hong Kong. For our first trip in Spring 2011, we will feature a trip to Japan.

  • Course Title: International Field Experience in Supply Chain Management
  • Course Number: OSM 438/538
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: Permission by Instructor
  • Semester: Spring 2011

Course Overview and Objectives

Students will have the opportunity to observe firsthand world renowned supply chain management (SCM) systems at some major companies like Toyota, Honda, Sony, etc. These companies are the pioneers of many innovative approaches to SCM that are widely imitated by companies all over the world. This course enables students to study, and compare and contrast various aspects of SCM, including manufacturing, distribution, port operations, transportation, and innovation.

Students will acquire a fundamental understanding of why US manufacturers lose their competitive position and how to claim it back. In addition, students will be exposed to the unique culture and business ethics of the country, which is essential for the success of their systems.

Course Structure

The class, which counts for 3 credits, is not structured to meet regularly. There will be a few pre-departure lectures/meetings that all students must attend. Then, students will leave Cleveland on March 12 to spend one week in Japan touring manufacturing companies before returning home on March 20. During the company visits on the study tour, students are required to attend meetings on time and act professionally.

Scholarship Opportunities

Note: Some scholarships will be available (for OSM majors only). We will have more information about the scholarship opportunities at a later time. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the OSM department for more information.

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