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Eastern Kentucky University

College of Business

Business 5 Global Supply Chain Management

Global Supply Chain Management

“Supply Chain Management is the sequencing of activities and organizations—both internally and externally—from order acceptance to order fulfillment”
-Supply Chain Simplified (Kendall-Hunt Publishing)

James Kirby Easterling

Dr. James Kirby Easterling Program Director/Assistant Professor/Executive-in-Residence

Eastern Kentucky University’s Global Supply Chain Management program launched in 2014—the first undergraduate supply chain program amongst the eight (8) state public universities—and is now one of the fastest growing programs in the entire university and a strategic growth area for the College of Business.

Our Global Supply Chain program has an Advisory Board comprised of senior executives of elite companies across the region—Carhartt, Valvoline, Alltech, Clark Equipment, Hyster-Yale, and many other distinguished companies—who serve as ambassadors and advocates of our program.

The average starting salary for global supply chain management graduates is amongst the highest of all EKU majors, and many students have multiple job offers upon graduating. We’ve had more than 150 internships since program inception, enabling students to gain meaningful real-world work experience while networking. Major employers include Bechtel, Alltech, Carhartt, Clark Equipment, Hitachi, Valvoline, Magna International, Lockheed-Martin, Hyster-Yale, Northrop-Grumman, Burger King Corp., Big Ass Solutions, Lectrodryer, BlueStar, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Wal-Mart Corp., Petro-Towery, Neogen, Lexus Group, and many others.

What Makes EKU’s Supply Chain Program Unique?

  1. Comprehensive supply chain program (i.e., not focused exclusively on Logistics but rather the entire SCOR model).
  2. Essential SCM content, plus heavy focus on interpersonal skills (being proactive, character and integrity, etc.) and professional skills (public speaking effective written communication, critical thinking, meeting deadlines, getting to class on time, keeping commitments, etc.), which employers love.
  3. Close personal relationships between students and faculty (during and after college)
  4. Active engagement with industry (internships, guest speakers, field trips, etc.) such as the Supply Chain Executive Speaker Series and Business Analytics Symposium.
  5. Very flexible schedule for juniors and seniors (with a high likelihood of internships), including no Friday classes in the College of Business.
  6. A program that gives back to the community (ex. Salvation Army and God’s Pantry Food Bank) fostering servant-leaders. 

Business, B.B.A. Concentration in Global Supply Management

Major Courses

Comprehensive SCM program based on the SCOR (Supply Chain Operating Reference) Model. 

  • Supply Chain Planning (MGT 375)
  • Strategic Procurement (MKT 431)
  • Logistics (MKT 315)
  • Operations Management (BUS 306)
  • Supply Chain Network Design (MGT 435)
  • Marketing Research & Analytics (MKT 455)
  • International Business (GBU 201)
  • Project Management (CIS 410)
  • Human Resource Management (MGT 320/MGT Core)
  • Organizational Theory (MGT 400/MGT Core)
  • Organizational Behavior (MGT 480/MGT Core)

Certificate in Global Supply Chain Management

EKU’s 100% online certificate in Global Supply Chain Management provides students with the knowledge and skillsets needed to effectively manage the core supply chain areas of planning, sourcing, making, and delivering. Graduates are prepared to take on key roles and solve crucial problems to keep organizations competitive in a global market.

Recent Global Supply Chain Management graduates

Recent Global Supply Chain Management graduates now working fulltime at Clark Equipment (Lexington, KY)

Three students posing in front of banners.

Eastern Kentucky University’s Global Supply Chain Management program develops future industry leaders.

Global Supply Chain Management students volunteering with the Salvation Army

Global Supply Chain Management students volunteering with the Salvation Army (Winter 2021).

College of Business

521 Lancaster Avenue
BTC 214, Business and Technology Center
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-1409 (For general inquiries)
Fax: 859-622-1413

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