Title: Analysis of higher educational offerings in operations management

Authors: Heather Lutz; Laura Birou; Vijay R. Kannan

Addresses: Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems, Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University, 470 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA ' Department of Marketing, University of Central Florida, College of Business Administration, P.O. Box 161400, Orlando, FL 32816-1400, USA ' Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-3555, USA

Abstract: This paper presents the results of a large-scale benchmarking study of operations management (OM) courses in higher education. The goal of the research is to drive continuous improvement in the quality and value of the educational experience in academic institutions, and inform the training, development, and recruitment efforts of SCM professionals. A content analysis of a large sample of OM course syllabi was carried out to identify the content of both undergraduate and graduate courses, and the relative importance attached to individual topics. Gaps between topical coverage and what industry experts have identified as the important knowledge, skills and abilities are also identified.

Keywords: benchmarking; supply chain management; SCM; operations management education; higher education; curriculum content; syllabi content.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIOME.2014.067553

International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 2014 Vol.5 No.4, pp.297 - 310

Received: 14 Oct 2013
Accepted: 27 Nov 2013

Published online: 17 Feb 2015 *

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