The rSBI Certificate in Supply Chain Management

The Rutgers Stackable Business Innovation (rSBI) Program

Concentrations and Courses

Below is a listing of concentrations and their courses, offered by the Department of Supply Chain Management.

Note that all courses are not offered every semester.

Supply Chain Analytics

For supply chains to run smoothly, organizations need data-driven decision-makers who also have functional knowledge in supply chains. This concentration helps build such well-rounded competence via courses that offer analytical data skills and generalized supply chain domain knowledge, and equip students with basic skills for the modern, data-driven supply chain management practices.

Healthcare Operations Management

Facing constant challenges to reduce costs, improve quality, and enhance the patient experience, the healthcare industry needs professionals who not only understand industry standards but also challenges associated with day-to-day operations. This concentration offers a combination of general healthcare domain knowledge and advanced operations analysis skillsets.

Healthcare Analytics

This concentration teaches ongoing industry trends as well as specific analytical problems/issues that care providers are currently facing during the transition to a value-based care model. It will use different health care data to demonstrate how to use analytics to derive meaningful managerial insights.

Global Procurement Management

Procurement involves identifying and agreeing to terms for the acquisition of goods, services, or works from an external source, often via a competitive bidding process. involving constrained decision making and economic analysis. This concentration will present both academic foundations and real-life applications designed to ensure successful procurement operations. It further presents the causes, assessment of organization vulnerability, and strategies for managing supply chain disruptions. It explores the area of Business Continuity and Risk Management comprehensively to provide for organizational resilience. Particular emphasis is placed on assessing threats, which may lead to disastrous events, evaluating control alternatives, and implementing strategies. Practical solutions to enable an organization to mitigate risk, manage crisis, and recover after a disaster are explored.

Supply Chain Law and Contracts

Supply chain professionals must understand the domestic and international laws and legal processes that bound their strategic decisions and business planning. This concentration is aimed towards both supply chain managers who wish to learn more about law and governance of the supply chain, and contract managers that wish to possess a deeper understanding of how contract law functions domestically and across borders. Students will study the law not to become lawyers, but rather to be managers who can strategically use the law to meet their firm’s business and supply chain objectives.

New Product Commercialization

This concentration explores supply chain considerations in the introduction of new products, including cost-cutting innovation, process innovation, and contract preparation.

Future Trends in Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Sustainability and Social Compliance

Consumers and other stakeholders are increasingly demanding that firms ensure that their supply chains comply with basic human rights and environmental standards. This concentration will train managers in state-of-the-art methods and institutions that firms are using to implement socially and environmentally sustainable supply chains and business practices.

Concentration Course Descriptions

The courses below are specific to the Supply Chain Management concentrations listed above; however, other courses are available within other master's level programs that students can take through the rSBI program.

Data Analytics and Decision Making

This course introduces statistics as applied to managerial problems. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding as well as on conducting statistical analyses. Students learn the potential and limitations of statistics, gain hands-on experience using Excel as well as comprehensive packages such as R or SAS. Topics include descriptive statistics, continuous distributions, confidence intervals for means and proportions, and regression analysis. Application areas include finance, operations, and marketing. The course introduces the basic concepts of model-building and its role in rational decision-making. Knowledge of specific modeling techniques, such as linear and nonlinear programming, decision analysis, and simulation, along with some insight into their practical application, are acquired. Students are encouraged to take an analytic view of decision-making by formalizing trade-offs, specifying constraints, providing for uncertainty, and performing sensitivity analyses. Students form groups to collect and analyze data and to write and present a final report.

  • Course Number: 22:544:575
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer:MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Healthcare Analytics and Intelligence, MBA

Operations Analysis

The objective of this course is to introduce models and tools to efficiently manage operations and supply chains that produce and distribute products and services. Topics include Forecasting, production and logistics, sales and operations planning, inventory management, project management and manufacturing systems. We illustrate the effectiveness of these models and tools by games, real-life cases and examples mainly drawn from diverse industries such as manufacturing, transportation, pharmaceutical, fashion and healthcare.

  • Course Number: 22:799:586
  • Prerequisites: Basic probability and calculus
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person/online, hybrid
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Healthcare Analytics and Intelligence, MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA

Business Law for Managers and Entrepreneurs

This course introduces the legal environment in which managers and the firm functions. Students will examine managerial aspects of law including: corporate law, contracts, employment, property, tort and product liability, and international law, among other topics that are necessary tools for modern managers and entrepreneurs. The focus will be on learning how the legal system functions and on developing tools to strategically use the law to further the firm’s goals, as well as avoid liability and costly litigation.

  • Course Number: 22:140:592
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 2
  • DeliveryMode: In-person/online, hybrid
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer:MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA

Product Innovation

Introduces concepts and methods used for coordinating strategy formulation and the identification and evaluation of new product opportunities; planning and organizing the process of development; testing new products and new markets; and commercialization. Special emphasis is given to issues related to supply chain, marketing and R&D. Text, cases, guest speakers.

  • Course Number: 22:630:602
  • Prerequisites: Marketing Management (22:630:586)
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MBA

Global Procurement and Supply Management

Supply Management is the overarching cross-functional management framework that integrates all activities related to the acquisition and management of resources for the organization. It includes global sourcing, supplier relationship management, procurement and purchasing. Supply Management is now recognized as a key strategic initiative to create value for the corporation. This course reviews the demands placed on today's procurement and supply management from the firm's stakeholders and demonstrates their impact on the competitive success and profitability of the organization. Furthermore, it describes ethical, contractual and legal issues faced by procurement, and recognizes the expanding strategic nature of supply management. The major areas covered are procurement as a functional activity, and how effective supply management impacts on total quality, cost, delivery, technology, and responsiveness to the needs of a firm's external customers (insourcing/outsourcing, supplier evaluation, supplier development, and global sourcing). We introduce the tools, techniques, and approaches for managing the procurement and sourcing process (cost/price analysis, negotiations, and contract management). Case studies and outside speakers will be used to illustrate the issues discussed in lectures.

  • Course Number: (listed as 22:799:618 by MS in Supply Chain Management program)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person, online
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics,MS in Healthcare Analytics and Intelligence, MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA

Supply Chain Digital Transformation

This course addresses digital transformation of supply chains. As such, it discusses drivers that are impacting supply chains. These include high-speed data processing capabilities, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, new process automation capabilities, rapid communications, cloud computing, sustainability. The course draws on current information and research globally, and other authoritative sources. The teaching approach and objectives include a strong emphasis on providing students with useful content, engaging them in discussions, soliciting and asking questions, discussing practical and real-world examples, and guest speaker talks, with the goal of developing student analytic and human skills, necessary to detect changes in the business environment and to develop plans/strategies as needed. This course will consist of two parts: (1) a broad introduction to Digital Transformation across industries, with an overview of strategy, methodology, tools, and the current state in multiple industries; and (2) Digital Transformation specific to supply chains.

  • CourseNumber: 22:799.623
  • Prerequisites: Supply Chain Management Strategies (22:799:607) and Operations Analysis (22:799:564 or 22:799:580)
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA

Supply Chain Risk Analytics

Risk management is a multidisciplinary field involving finance, economics, mathematics, and computer science. This course covers an introduction to the theory and practice of risk management with an emphasis on techniques and applications. We consider FMEA (Failure Mode Effect Analysis), FTA (Fault Tree Analysis), HACCP (Hazzard Analysis and Critical Point Control), simulation, portfolio optimization, value at risk, and coherent risk measures. This course emphasizes the use of mathematical models to analyze risk phenomena and the implementation of risk-aware solutions. In this course, we follow a mathematical modeling approach to analyze and solve real-life applications in the context of risk. Our main tools are probability and mathematical optimization. The course develops the student's ability to analyze risk-related issues in a wide range of applications central to today’s risk theory and practice. The skills developed in this course can be applied to a broad range of business problems. The examples and student exercises will focus on the following areas: real options, supply chain management, shop floor operation scheduling, project management, and portfolio analysis and optimization.

  • Course Number: 22:799.624
  • Prerequisites: Data Analysis & Decision Making (22:960:575)
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MBA

Healthcare Marketing

The market of healthcare services is quite unique: although patients receive the services, the payment comes from insurances and government agencies. So, who to market to and how to market is a complex question that yields unique answers. This course provides an understanding of the frameworks, tools, and strategies for marketing healthcare services. Main topics covered include patient behavior, market segmentation and targeting, pricing, branding, relationship management, marketing research, promotion, and advertising of healthcare services. Students will learn to develop and implement effective and efficient marketing plans for healthcare services.

  • Course Number: 22:630:625
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Healthcare Analytics and Intelligence, MBA

Commercial Management of Supply Contracts

Intense competition is a key driver that elevates supply contracts and their lifetime management to a strategic level. How well supply chain management professionals structure supply contracts and commercially manage supply transactions will continue to be an important part of how organizations improve, reduce costs, and maximize opportunities. The success of critical commercial transactions depends on flawless execution which in turn requires expert contracting and management skills. Billions of dollars are spent every year by corporations in procuring goods and services from their suppliers. Therefore, even small changes and improvements in how supplier contracts are managed can have substantial positive impacts on the bottom line. Supply chain and procurement professionals need to be well versed in the subtleties of how to optimally manage supply contracts and their associated commercial challenges. This course provides supply chain management professionals with skills, strategies and techniques to avoid the pitfalls associated with poor contract management. The course focuses on crucial real-world contract management considerations including: how sound contract management practices are an important part of being successful in an increasingly competitive global environment; how to assess, minimize and commercially manage supply contracts by early identification of contract management “red flags”; and practical steps for improving and standardizing contract management techniques in organizations.

  • Course Number: 22:799:626
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MBA

Strategic Directions of Future Supply Chains

This course addresses strategic aspects of future supply chains. As such, it discusses the evolution of future drivers that will impact supply chains, drawing upon information posted by various organizations/sources, such as Capgemini Digital Transformation Institute, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, OECD, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, IMF, Deloitte’s 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Competitiveness Index and other authoritative sources. The teaching approach and objectives include strong emphasis on providing students with useful content, engaging them in discussions, soliciting and asking questions, and practical and real-world examples applicable to developing student analytical skills necessary to detect changes in the business environment and to develop plans/strategies as needed.

  • CourseNumber: 22:799:627
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA

Healthcare Law and Ethics

This course covers important legal and regulation issues such as Stark law, anti-kickback, anti-trust, and EMTALA, as well as their implications on the operations and management of healthcare services organizations. It provides updates on the last legislation changes and also discusses physician employment models and work ethics issues in healthcare services organizations.

  • Course Number: 22:799:629
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 1
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Healthcare Analytics and Intelligence, MBA

Healthcare Analytics

Healthcare analytics is the branch of analysis that focuses on offering insights into hospital management based on data collected from four areas: claims and cost data, pharmaceutical and research and development (R&D) data, clinical data, and patient behavioral and sentimental data. This course reviews data sources, data processing, and data analytics models and tools with a focus on care provider performance in cost efficiency, revenue, process, clinical outcomes, and patient safety, and patient experience. Upon completing the course, students should be able to perform business analytics in above areas. The new course will greatly improve the relevance of healthcare analytics curriculum and also allow students to have hands-on and guided practices of analytics with common data in healthcare industry.

  • Course Number: 22:799:638
  • Prerequisites: Data Analysis and Decision Making (22:544:575)
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: Hybrid
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Healthcare Analytics and Intelligence, MBA

Supply Chain Risk and Disruption Management

Properly addressing risks and facing possible disruptions are of primary importance to supply chain management. With the wake of high consequence disruptive events, risk identification and disruption response activities have become ever more critical. The objective of the course is to provide an overview of key supply chain risk areas, particularly with the proliferation of outsourcing, use of information technology and global logistics. Equally important is how companies are managing the preparation, mitigation and response strategies to major disruptive events. Topics covered include science of catastrophes, vulnerability and threat assessments, resources and capabilities identification/integration, basic crisis management, contingency planning, disaster recovery and business continuity in supply chain settings. Scenario based experiments (table-top exercises) will provide mock situations where students will make decisions on how to handle supply chain disruption. Case-based studies will be used to provide hands-on learning to illustrate the issues discussed in lectures.

  • Course Number: 22:799:639
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person, online
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA

Supply Chain Financial Management

Supply Chain Management is generally focused on product and information flow but is largely driven by financial and accounting considerations. An often-unknown fact is that the supply chain is designed to enhance the financial value of a corporation, or ultimately to serve the chief financial officer. The objective of the course is to introduce key financial and accounting aspects of SCM and instill a financially oriented mindset by integrating said aspects into the analysis of SCM issues and systems. Topics covered include supply chain costing, working capital management, supply chain financing, supply chain risk management, and supply chain contracts and purchasing. Some case studies will illustrate the concepts learned.

  • Course Number: 22:799:640
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person, online
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA

Artificial Intelligence for Supply Chain Management

In the last several decades, the supply chain area has become increasingly data-driven. Traditional statistical techniques have helped supply chain planners improve operations efficiency (e.g., a better match between demand and supply via forecasting). With the growth of data accessibility in the e-commerce age and the power of new programming platforms, innovative AI methods have emerged to help supply chain managers organize/analyze data and derive actionable insights. This SCM graduate elective course will help train students who are interested in connecting AI with supply chain applications and integrating automated data processing tools with supply chain management.

  • Course Number: 22:799:641
  • Prerequisites: Operations Analysis (22:799:586)
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Healthcare Analytics and Intelligence, MBA

Healthcare Innovation and Technology Management

The course examines, from a managerial perspective, the critical issues in planning and implementation of healthcare technologies such as electronic health record (EHR), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), telemedicine, social media and mobile devices, personal health records, and other emerging technologies. It examines salient issues such as benefits from, selection of, and user support of EHR. It also addresses emerging concepts of Regional Health Information Exchanges and provides an overview of Practice Management Systems.

  • Course Number: 22:799:651
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 1
  • Delivery Mode: Hybrid
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Healthcare Analytics and Intelligence, MBA

Product Design and Supply Chain Alignment

It is critical for the success and survival of most organizations to effectively launch new products into the market. New Product Commercialization is the process and associated set of activities related to the development of new products and its subsequent product launch and commercialization into the marketplace. The supply chain plays a critical role in this process. This course will cover the new product design phase, make vs. buy decisions, optimal sourcing decisions, early involvement of suppliers and the use of strategic partners and, finally the eventual launching of the product to the market and end customers. In many progressive companies, the Supply Chain takes a leadership role to align the business across multiple departments to ensure successful new product launches.

  • Course Number: 22:799:653
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 1
  • Delivery Mode: In-person
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer:MBA

Business Intelligence for Supply Chains and Marketing

Business intelligence (BI) is a set of technologies and processes that allow people at all levels of an organization to access, interact with and analyze data. In a data-rich business environment, BI can help a management team to operate efficiently, discover new market opportunities and improve business performance. This course focuses on data science techniques, analytical toolboxes and business applications in supply chain and marketing management. The course is structured as a combination of lectures, in-class case studies and group projects. All data analysis, optimization and simulation models are implemented in R (https://cran.r-project.org/ and https://www.rstudio.com/). R is a powerful, extensible and free programming language, which is gaining popularity for data scientists and business analysts. Students are expected to learn how to integrate BI with supply chain and marketing management, improve their data/analytical skills and deepen their knowledge of supply chain and marketing science from a quantitative perspective.

  • Course Number: 22:799:670
  • Prerequisites: Operations Analysis (22:799:580 or 22:799:586)
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Healthcare Analytics and Intelligence, MBA

Supply Chain Sustainability

There is global experience and examples that show how sustainability criteria in the 'upstream' supply chain management and procurement process. Corporations can both improve environmental performance, while addressing ethics, social regeneration and economic concerns (e.g. the 'triple bottom-line'). This course will allow students to participate in applied research to explore the application of environmentally responsible supply chain principles which includes: designing supply chain management and procurement schemes which address environmental, social and ethical considerations in organizational policy development as well as the procurement process. Research themes may include: the public and private supply chain management and procurement process, green purchasing process, contract design, procurement which promotes low carbon emission considerations and zero waste (avoidance and minimization), social and economic regeneration, civic infrastructure policy, e-procurement applications, and cost cutting measures derived from life cycling costing modeling. The goal is to provide students with different experiences to examine environmental management from a supply chain management perspective.

  • Course Number: 22:799:672 (listed as 22:799:699 by MS in SCM program)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person, online
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA

Supply Chain Social Compliance

Today's firms and supply chain managers must take into account demands of consumers and other stakeholders that their supply chains meet international labor and human rights standards. Labor and human rights practices of multi-national corporations have been under increasing scrutiny, and firms must now comply with corporate transparency laws as well as ensure compliance by suppliers across the globe. This course will examine the best practices that firms are implementing to ensure supply chain compliance through procurement, sourcing, monitoring, traceability, and contracts.

  • Course Number: 22:799:678
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MBA

Global Logistics Management

Global Logistics Management is designed to provide students with an understanding of the strategic and tactical elements of logistics management. This course will examine the forward and reverse forms of transportation and storage for supply chain management. In addition to studying transportation modal choices, logistics and transportation infrastructure in the U.S. and around the world will be discussed. Other relevant topics will include cross-docking, reverse logistics tactics, multi-modal freight operations, high-tech automated warehousing and order delivery and current topics in the logistics industry. We will take a total systems approach to the management of all those activities involved in the forward and reverse movement and storage of products and related information through the supply chain. The teaching method will be a combination of case analysis, lecture and class discussion. Also, guest executives will discuss how they created and managed logistics innovation.

  • Course Number: 22:799:679 (listed as 22:799:698 by MS in Supply Chain Management program)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person, online
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA

Supply Chain Law and Governance

Law impacts every stage of the product and service cycle. Supply chain managers and professionals must therefore be conversant with the substance and language of a number of legal issue areas that are tightly bound with strategic supply chain management. The legal topics covered in the course will include but are not limited to: supply chain and procurement contracts, dispute settlement, finance, international trade, transportation, tort, international investment law, and labor and environmental supply chain governance. Students will learn key legal concepts and also learn how to apply them to real life situations.

  • Course Number: 22:799:689
  • Prerequisites: Business Law for Managers and Entrepreneurs (22:140:592)
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA

Lean Six Sigma

Lean six sigma is an application of the quantitative six sigma quality management techniques within a lean enterprise. The goal is to create an efficient organization that continuously reduces waste and operates at the most efficient levels possible. In addition to covering the fundamentals of Lean and Six Sigma, this course will equip students with other important tools and strategies to improve the performance of business processes. Students will practice solving business problems and improving processes through case studies, team exercises and simulations, self-assessments, and guest lectures. Topics covered will include: six sigma improvement methodology and tools, lean manufacturing tools and approaches, dashboards and other business improvement techniques. Students will also gain an understanding of: the strategic importance of business improvement, the need for fact-based management, the significance of change management, and how to deploy these tools in different parts of the value chain.

  • Course Number: 22:799:690 (listed as 22:799:676 by MS in Supply Chain Analytics program)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person, online
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Healthcare Analytics and Intelligence, MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA

Healthcare Services Management

This course introduces trends, strategies, techniques, and best practices to improve unit, organizational, and integrated delivery system performance by applying key concepts from operations and supply chain management to the healthcare context. The first half of the semester focuses on the value-based purchasing programs including cost/efficiency, patient outcomes, patient safety, patient experience, and clinical processes. The second half of the semester focuses on service components including vertical integration and professional services outsourcing, service process design, quality improvements, healthcare supply chain management, project management, and healthcare analytics. The objective is to effectively manage information, material, and financial exchanges for healthcare provider organizations to improve the quality of services and efficiency.

  • Course Number: 22:799:696
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: Hybrid
  • Programs Potentially Accepting Credit Transfer: MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS in Healthcare Analytics and Intelligence, MBA

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