Published 11/13/15

Visich receives international honor for sustainability course

John VisichSince 2002, Management Professor John K. Visich, Ph.D., has been challenging Bryant students at the graduate and undergraduate level to increase a company’s value through better executed operations.

"Supply chain management requires a systems approach"

“Supply chain management requires a systems approach,” he says. “You need to know finance, accounting, marketing, sales, operations, and information technology among others. Operations management is especially critical – if you don’t know how the work is done, you don’t know how your supply chain operates nor do you know how much it is costing you.”

Making his case

Visich is a prolific writer of case studies, using them frequently as a teaching tool for their real-world approach to understanding the science and art of making decisions. In 2011 and 2014, Visich and Bryant colleague Management Professor Chris Roethlein, Ph.D., won the Best Teaching Case Studies Award Competition at the Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute.

Recently, Visich won an Honorable Mention Award for the 2015 Dr. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula. The international award is given by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Visich was honored for his course “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Supply Chain” which covers the triple bottom line, accountability for decisions, the need for organizations and their supply chains to be sustainable, and the idea that as future leaders, students need to be prepared to make a difference in the world.

Real solutions

A tireless mentor, Visich oversees dozens of undergraduate and graduate school internships and directed studies for students. He has received the Bryant University Outstanding MBA Professor Award four times. “I like working with students, helping them to understand the challenges of small companies and guiding them to find real, implementable solutions,” he said.