The University of the Sunshine Coast will introduce the Bachelor of Business (Supply Chain Management) degree in 2015, providing new skills needed for success in today’s changing, globalised environment, with a focus on local industries including include retail, tourism and healthcare.
The three-year degree will teach students how strategically to design and manage the operations and delivery of business products and services, from the supplier to the customer, within entire networks.
USC Professor of Management Willem Selen, who will lead the program, said many businesses no longer competed on a company level, but on a supply chain level.
“Our retail supply chain management course will be the first of its kind in Australia,” he said, “examining how retailers understand their customers’ preferences and respond with products through effective supply chain management.”
Graduates of the new program are expected to be in great demand.
“Supply chain management skills have been recognised as being very important to compete and operate effectively, yet graduates with these skills are still in short supply,” Mr Selen said.
“USC aims to align this program with employment opportunities across private and public product and service organisations.”