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.
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.
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.
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.