Current state of the art and science: a survey of purchasing and supply management courses and teaching approaches
by Laura Birou; Heather Lutz; George A. Zsidisin
International Journal of Procurement Management (IJPM), Vol. 9, No. 1, 2016

Abstract: Purchasing and supply management (P/SM), both as a business function and academic discipline, has garnered greater status and interest in practice and academe. Universities serve a critical role in addressing the educational needs of business practice through scholarship and teaching. The purpose of this paper is to provide insight into the teaching approaches and evaluation criteria of P/SM in undergraduate and MBA courses in the USA. A sample of 44 P/SM undergraduate and MBA courses representing 28 universities was obtained. A content analysis was performed on each syllabus to identify the actual course content coverage, requirements, textbooks, cases, andragogy and emphasis. The findings are designed to provide university supply chain management faculty teaching P/SM courses current information with regard to topics, teaching techniques, and evaluation processes utilised in undergraduate and graduate programs. These findings can provide faculty guidance for course content and development in their supply chain management programmes.

Online publication date: Tue, 01-Dec-2015

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