Infosys and USC partner for Center on supply chain management
for center on supply chain management
Infosys recently announced a partnership with the University of Southern California (USC), one of the world’s leading private research universities, to work closely with the Center of Global Supply Chain Management (CGSCM) at the University’s Marshall School of Business. Speaking to Cargotalk, Nick Vyas, Director, CGSCM said that India is a huge market for logistics and supply chain management and technology companies.
The Institute will focus on advancing global supply chain management through three core activities - establishing a robust industry network, offering a variety of education programmes and performing advanced research.
The global supply chain space is seeing strong growth, with the United States alone spending nearly 10 per cent of its GDP on supply chain activities every year“Nick Vyas Director, CGSCM
According to him, Supply Chain Management is a growing field and accounts for $10 trillion or roughly 14 per cent of the Gross World Product. The United States alone will need over 1,000,000 qualified professionals in this field by 2016. USC Marshall’s CGSCM will offer the first globally integrated Master’s programme on supply chain management aligned to its mission of NEAR (Networking, Education and Advanced Research).
“The global supply chain space is seeing strong growth, with the United States alone spending nearly 10 per cent of its GDP on supply chain activities every year. Capitalising upon the Center’s global network and industry experience, along with
The Institute will focus on advancing supply chain management by establishing a robust industry network, offering a variety of education programmes and performing advanced research
the university’s renowned faculty, we hope to cultivate top talent and become the principal thought leader in the realm of global supply chain management,” said Vyas. The USC Marshall CGSCM will work closely with Infosys and other companies across the globe to bridge the existing gap between supply and demand for skilled executives, who can meet the growing and complex demands of the supply chain industry.
According to Rakhi Makad, Industry Principal, Infosys and Programme Director from Infosys for USC Marshall CGSCM, the major challenges that the logistics and supply chain industry is facing are risk management, visibility, speed to explore new markets and accuracy in forecasting. By working closely with manufacturing companies around the world, Infosys has developed a unique insight into today’s highly complex supply chain system. “We also have our sights set on how companies will best manage and optimise their supply chains in the future,” she said. According to her, technology and skill development will play the greater role. “Mobile space and social network will also play a greater role,” she said. She also emphasised on the importance of setting up
We have our sights set on how companies will best manage and optimise their supply chains in the future”
Rakhi Makad Industry Principal, Infosys and Programme
Director, USC Marshall CGSCM
CGSCM will work closely with Infosys and other companies across the globe to bridge the existing gap between supply and demand for skilled executives
of a robust supply chain management system up to the rural area in India. The industry will have to understand the customers’ mindset.
Vyas endorsed, “Challenge in India is infrastructure— both physical and soft version. The process and execution of policies need to be very fast. There should not be several tax structures,” he felt. CGSCM will offer students an opportunity to learn from the professors and business leaders and solve real business problems. “Our partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business will allow us to bring together some of the brightest minds spanning academia and the industry, to help shape the future of the industry,” she added.
The marshall school of business
Ranked among the nation’s premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognised for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and pathbreaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities.
about the Center
USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management exists to connect the world through Global Supply Chain Management with Network, Education, and Advanced Research ( NEAR). Capitalising upon its global network, industry experience and renowned faculty, USC Marshall is poised to become one of the top thought leaders in the realm of global supply chain management. As an industry leader in cultivating top business talent, the Center for Global Supply Chain Management aims to lead the effort to streamline efficiency and supply chain in global economy.