BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Training managers to lead in the
information-based global economy is the goal of the University at
Buffalo School of Management's new MBA concentration in Global
Services and Supply Management (GSSM).
Drawing on the school's international focus and academic
strengths, the GSSM curriculum will address rapidly emerging
service, supply and information technology issues that are the
result of an increasingly worldwide business model.
"While many of our peer schools have initiated similar programs,
ours is unique because it combines information systems with supply
chain management within a global perspective," said John M. Thomas,
dean of the School of Management.
In addition to the MBA core curriculum, students in the GSSM
option will take classes in several interrelated areas, including
management of globally distributed services, technology management
and e-business, manufacturing planning and control, and supply
chains and global operations.
Nallan Suresh, chair and professor of operations management and
strategy, and Rajiv Kishore, associate professor of management
science and systems, are co-directors of the GSSM option in the UB
School of Management.
According to Suresh and Kishore, BusinessWeek has estimated that
companies outsourced approximately $546 billion in 2005 in various
functional areas, including manufacturing, IT services and
IT-enabled services, such as logistics and procurement, human
resources and customer care.
In recognition of this growing trend, the integrated and focused
GSSM curriculum will help students develop leading-edge skills for
managing globally dispersed IT-enabled services and supply chains
in an increasingly flattening world.
Students choosing the GSSM option will be prepared to take
management positions in the rapidly growing international fields of
worldwide IT services, business process outsourcing and
manufacturing. For more information on the Global Services and
Supply Management MBA option, contact the School of Management at
716-645-3222 or visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu/mba.
The Wall Street Journal ranks the UB School of Management 9th in
the nation among schools with strong regional recruiting bases. In
addition, BusinessWeek ranks the school as one of the country's top
5 business schools for the fastest return on MBA investment, and
Forbes cites it as one of the best business schools in the U.S. for
the return on investment it provides MBA graduates.
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