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Learn how the digital economy influences supply chain management and packaging engineering and how organizations adapt to retain a competitive advantage. As part of the Rutgers Stackable Business Innovation Program (rSBI), the Digital Strategies in Packaging Concentration is stackable with the following master's programs: MS in Packaging Engineering, MS in Supply Chain Analytics, MS/MEng in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, MS/MEng in Industrial & Systems Engineering, MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA.
This concentration on digital strategies equips students with skills and tools required for effective engineering and supply chain management when competing in an increasingly digital economy, with applications to packaging. It focuses on how engineering, supply chain management, and innovation can leverage digital strategies to enhance competitive advantage, describes the process of transforming organizations to better adapt to the digital economy, and presents the benefits and difficulties of managing organizations and people that have become increasingly reliant on digital technologies.
You can take the course listed below as individual classes or as stackable courses toward the completion of a concentration.
This course focuses on packaging for online commerce, with considerations of how e-commerce is different from traditional brick-and-mortar retail, and how packaging moves through different e-commerce models. It explores supply chain optimization for efficiency, sustainability considerations in protective packaging, and new technologies and innovations in e-commerce packaging.
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.
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.
The concentration and courses are offered by the Supply Chain Management Department
Sample Relevant Careers: Project Engineer, Design Engineer, Product Engineer, Program Manager, System Engineering Manager, Digital Strategy Manager, Operations Manager, Supply Chain Manager