Chris Schrage, International Programs Coordinator
The Supply Chain Management Association participates in this international logistics competition in Denver each January. Operation Stimulus is sponsored by The Denver Transportation Club and the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Teams are given a logistics case two weeks prior to arriving. The first afternoon each team presents its recommendations to a panel of judges, but an hour prior to making their presentations the teams are given a twist to their case that must be incorporated into their presentation. A winner is chosen from each pool of four university teams and the winners move into the final round. The event also includes a trade show, speakers and opportunities to network with logistics and supply chain executives.
General Motors - Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition.
Andy Anderson, Assistant Professor of Management
UNI’s student-led Supply Chain Management Association is an active competitor in the General Motors-Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition. Top supply chain programs from around the world converge at General Motors world-wide headquarters in Detroit, Michigan to participate in the competition. Competing schools come from as close as Detroit (Wayne State University) to as far away as China, Brazil, and Mexico.
Student teams are given a supply chain-related case several weeks in advance of the competition. Cases are written by General Motors employees and generally take a hypothetical spin on real pain points supply chain managers in the auto industry experience. Student teams are asked to analyze data and then prepare a presentation on the case – including a solution to the main problem presented in the case. These presentations are judged by General Motors executives and executives from large, important partner companies of General Motors. Winning teams from each group of randomly selected teams (generally five teams per group) move on to the final round of competition. In the final round a twist to the case is presented and finalist are expected to amend their presentation in light of the twist. Teams present their solutions and one team is crowned champion by the team of executives acting as judges.
Aside from learning about Supply Chain Management through case study analysis, teams are also formally engaged in interviewing (many formal job offers are extended at this event) and social events with GM and important GM suppliers’ employees as well as with supply chain management students from other universities. Gaining exposure to GM and its suppliers, networking, and friendship building are as large of components to this case competition as the analysis and presentation of the case study itself. The General Motors-Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition is a well-organized and intentional exhibit of both the hard and soft skills necessary to be a successful supply chain professional.