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Global Supply Chain Management

Why can some retailers offer the same product as competitors at much lower prices? They're more successful in managing their customers, suppliers, and the entire supply chain.

What is a supply chain? Well, think about your smartphone. The circuit board, case, camera lens, battery, and display components were produced by various manufacturers  in different countries. Those components are assembled into larger ones, which are eventually all put together as the final product. The smartphone is then shipped to various distributors that send it to retailers who sell it to the  consumer – you. Every step along that process is part of the supply chain, and the ability to manage complex global supply chains is fundamental to success in the global economy.

In the interdisciplinary Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) concentration and minor, you will learn to integrate the key functions of marketing, logistics, operations management, computer information systems, accounting, and finance. You will span traditional business functionality and explore relationships that create value for multiple stakeholders across functions, organizations, and nations.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

The Wall Street Journal recently noted that select universities, including Bryant, have introduced Global Supply Chain Supply Management programs and that employers are noticing. Supply chain management is an in-demand field and a growing area of job opportunities around the world. An understanding of supply chain management in a global context will prepare you for a wide range of careers in areas including manufacturing, retail, purchasing, wholesale, logistics, transportation, consulting and information technology. You will also be prepared for graduate studies.

Global Supply Chain Management faculty

The Global Supply Chain Management faculty brings supply chain expertise from a wide range of business disciplines into an integrated curriculum. Their extensive industry experience coupled with research and teaching in such as places as China, India, Korea, Australia, Chile, and Eastern and Western Europe bring a global perspective into the classroom that is necessary to understand complex supply chains in the modern economy. The GSCM faculty use state-of-the-art technology and hands-on learning techniques that provide a balance between supply chain theory and practice in the classroom.


Teresa McCarthy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing Global Supply Chain Management Program Coordinator

Global supply chain management might sound dry, but not in McCarthy’s classes. Her knowledge and energy bring to life the importance of carefully managing complex systems from start to finish. Her students learn quickly how the price increase of a tee shirt is directly linked to a flood in Pakistan that severely damaged cotton crops, creating a strain on global demand.

A member of the Academy of Marketing Science, American Marketing Association, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, McCarthy has written book chapters, including “Zara: The Business Model for Fast Fashion,” as well as journal articles. 


Junior Jabbie ’06,  07 MBA  
Sales and Marketing Manager, Banneker Industries, Inc.

Jabbie is a Bryant-made success story. While still in school, he started at Banneker Industries, Inc. as an intern. Today, he is responsible for business development, sales, marketing, and contract management for the supply-chain management solutions provider.

“When I was at Bryant, the academic program was extremely challenging,” Jabbie says, adding: “I am stunned at how much the school has grown and evolved – diversifying the degree programs, growing the international business program, and fielding competitive Division 1 sports teams…Wow!”