UT Co-hosted Global Supply Chain Forum in Paris
KNOXVILLE—The University of Tennessee, Knoxville co-hosted a global supply chain forum in Paris on June 13 and 14 that featured leaders from international business giants such as Caterpillar and pen company BIC.
The second annual Western Europe Global Supply Chain Forum provided a place for senior supply chain executives and renowned faculty to discuss global supply chain issues, opportunities and best practices.
This year’s program included a discussion with BIC’s European supply chain vice president, Philippe Raynaud, about capitalizing on supply chains in today’s challenging economic climate. Other discussion leaders included executives from Caterpillar, Geodis and Soparind Bongrain SA.
UT partnered with the ESSEC (École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) Business School in Paris and Singapore to present the forum, which was held on the ESSEC campus.
Some of the forum’s founding members—Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Honeywell—also participated.
UT faculty are ranked first worldwide in research productivity for supply chain management. ESSEC is a leading European business school and a world leader in executive education with expertise in logistics and supply chain.
“In the midst of the current challenging European economic environment, supply chain organizations must deliver increasing levels of value to their customers and organizations,” said Shay Scott, director of UT’s Global Supply Chain Forum and a faculty member. “The Paris forum was a rare opportunity for supply chain executives to interact with peers and academics about how to boost corporate performance and deliver superior financial results.”
Additional global supply chain forums are scheduled in Singapore (September 27-28); Knoxville, Tenn. (November 6-9); and Budapest, Hungary (November 13-14). They will be held in collaboration with UT, ESSEC and the Central European University (CEU) Business School in Budapest, Hungary.
“We believe collaborating with a select group of internationally renowned institutions creates a unique opportunity for each academic partner to bring its strengths, capabilities and points of view to the forum discussions,” said Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in UT’s Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management in the College of Business Administration.
To learn more about the Global Supply Chain Forum, visit www.theglobalsupplychainforum.com or call 865-974-6110.
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The U.S.-based University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has a long history of leadership in logistics and supply chain management, dating back to the 1930s.
In 2012, the UT College of Business Administration was ranked first worldwide by the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management in research productivity in the area of supply chain management and logistics. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked UT’s supply chain management and logistics programs in the top five in the U.S. In 2009, Supply Chain Management Review ranked the program fourth in the U.S., while Transportation Journal ranked UT’s supply chain faculty second globally for logistics-oriented research.
ESSEC Business School (ESSEC), founded in 1907, has campuses in Paris and Singapore. It is an established leader in business education and was the first school outside the U.S. to earn accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
In 2011, the Financial Times ranked ESSEC’s open-enrollment, executive education program first in France and eighth globally. It was ranked one of the top 10 business schools in Europe in 2011 by Financial Times.
Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, was the first to launch an MBA program in Eastern Europe. As the leading business school in Central and Eastern Europe, CEU has a special mission to train business leaders in that region with a sense of social responsibility and public leaders with cutting-edge management skills.
The Transnational Leader MBA program, launched in 2009, testifies to the school’s role as a pioneer in global business education. CEU is a partner institution in the International Master’s in Management program, which the Financial Times ranked as the No. 21 executive MBA program globally in 2010.