In­fosys and USC part­ner for Cen­ter on sup­ply chain man­age­ment

for cen­ter on sup­ply chain man­age­ment

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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.

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