Business Courses

These courses provide ISM students with a technical understanding of the plan-source-make-deliver-return functions of supply management as well as methods of continuous improvement. 

Note: The WMU online catalog is the governing guide for course offerings and descriptions. If you have any questions about courses or your curriculum, please contact the ISM advisor.

MGMT 2800 Introduction to Supply Management: This course introduces the integrated/cross-functional core concepts of supply chains from product/service development and launch through customer service and redemption. The primary focus is on critical analysis and the decision-making tools necessary to develop and manage supply chains that deliver customer requirements and contributes to the organization’s overall competitive advantage. An emphasis will also be placed on supply chain management as a competitive weapon using various industry and externally validated models such as the SCOR framework, the Gartner Talent Attribute Model, IBM 7-step Sourcing Process, etc. Key topics include: quantitative analysis, fact-based decision-making, project management concepts, information technologies, and supply/demand integration methodologies which create a cross-functional, demand driven value-added supply chain network.

MGMT 3200 ERP System Management: Through a hands-on Enterprise Requirements Planning (ERP) software configuration project, students learn how information technology can help a firm manage its business processes. Management issues associated with implementing and managing ERP systems, such as project management, configuration control, training, system testing and change management, will also be explored.

MGMT 3810 Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving: This course provides a unique opportunity for students to apply the concepts, tools and techniques studied in previous ISM classes to issues and problems facing today’s supply chain. After mastering process management concepts and techniques (e.g., value stream mapping, value analysis/value engineering, quick changeover, etc.), students are given the opportunity to apply a problem solving architecture i.e. Lean Six Sigma, A3, etc. to on-site industry processes. In collaboration with WMU industry partners, faculty and student teams scope a company’s supply chain problem area, develop and execute a problem-solving strategy, and present the conclusion and recommendations to the firm’s executives. Students gain valuable professional work experience by solving real world industry issues and insight into the design, implementation, and management of effective and efficient integrated Supply Chain Systems.

MGMT 4640 Production Management and Control: Quantitative and computer-based methods of planning and controlling operations in manufacturing are explored. Topics covered in depth include forecasting, production planning and inventory control. The course employs a problem-based approach using in-class problems, spreadsheet analysis, enterprise system applications and simulations.

MKTG 3720 Sourcing and Purchasing: This course studies the integrative elements of sourcing decisions and their impact on the design and development of supply chains. The primary focus of the course is on the critical analysis of sourcing decision on the performance of operations, production and inventory control, and logistics, in terms of delivering a best-in-class customer experience. Topics include: spend analysis and commodity strategy development, strategic sourcing processes, early supplier involvement, price and cost management techniques, regression-based cost modeling, negotiation and contracting, supply chain risk profiling and supplier risk management, and supplier performance and relationship management.

MKTG 4630 Supply Chain Logistics: Analyzes the integrative elements of a logistical system across supply chains. The primary focus is on critical analysis of the service and economic justification of supply chain designs. Topics include: total landed cost, demand/supply integration, analysis of demand fulfillment, transportation service quality, transportation costing/pricing, inventory management and application of information technologies.

MKTG 4880/EDMM 4880 Applied Process Reengineering: This course examines the application of analytical and process measurement techniques to process design decisions. The benefits of process standardization and improvement will be documented and discussed.

GEOG 3010 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems: An introductory course that covers the use and application of geographic information systems (GIS). It combines an overview of general principles of GIS and practical experience in map creation and the use of spatial information, including fundamental aspects of measurement, representation and analysis. Intro GIS focuses on the basics of working with both vector and raster data, as well as the societal aspects of GIS (emerging uses, interaction with new technologies, data standards, public access to information).

LAW 4840 International Business Law: A study of national, regional and international laws which affect the conduct of international business. An examination of the legal regulations which promote or restrain trade or investment by international business firms.

LAW 4860 Marketing and Sales Law: The course examines the law as it applies to the sale of goods, warranties affecting such sales and the methods of financing those sales. Legal obligations imposed upon and risks assumed by the seller are emphasized.