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IU’s Kelley School of Business Launches New Supply Chain Alliance

English: Kelley School of Business on the camp...Faculty and students interested in supply chain management will have new opportunities to interact directly with some of the most innovative companies in the field thanks to a new alliance launched by Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, the school announced this week.

Kelley’s Supply Chain Alliance has drawn almost 20 companies known for their innovative supply chain operations, including Bosch, Chrysler Corp., FedEx Solutions, GE Healthcare, Target Distribution and Whirlpool Corp, among others. The Kelley School was a natural to host the new alliance, since Indiana has a growing manufacturing and logistics sector and is a center for supply chain activity.

“The Supply Chain Alliance was established to serve the interests of our students, faculty and external corporate partners by providing thought leadership, research opportunities, teaching materials and programs in this business segment that is important to the state of Indiana and the global economy,” Idie Kesner, interim dean of the Kelley School, said in a statement.

Rhonda Lummus, Kelley clinical professor of supply chain management, will direct the new alliance. The school hopes it will provide a forum for businesses, faculty and students to exchange leading-edge supply chain management practices – and also that it will help attract top students interested in the supply chain industry to study at Kelley.

“The Kelley School’s Supply Chain Alliance is unique in that members have the opportunity to work with faculty to develop students that better meet industry needs,” Lummus said in a statement. “At the same time, faculty and students gain access to real-company problems for classroom projects and research.”

Learn more about the new Supply Chain Alliance at the Kelley School of Business.

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