Student interaction with professionals in the field of supply chain management is a hallmark of the Wisconsin MBA experience. Several times throughout the year, students meet with and learn from supply chain executives in various settings, including as guest lectures in supply chain courses and applied learning programs, as hosts of corporate site visits, as participants in mock interviews, and during the annual executive advisory board meeting. The Grainger Center offers an extensive applied learning program that includes:

SAP University Alliance
Students learn how technology can enable integrated business processes and strategic thinking. Being a member of the SAP University Alliance enables students to experience firsthand how organizations operate and how enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems can help organizations become more efficient, productive, and profitable – and gives students a tremendous advantage in the marketplace. Several courses utilize ERP technology in which teams of students run a real SAP system.

Executive Speakers

Executive Speakers
Business leaders visit campus regularly to share their real-world experience and discuss leading-edge supply chain topics in their industries. Close, meaningful interaction with senior executives in an informal setting makes these events great learning and networking opportunities.

Global Experiences
Students have opportunities to travel abroad over winter or spring break to visit numerous companies and learn about their global operations, as well as a country’s business, political, and cultural environment. Recent trips have included Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, Vietnam, Turkey, China, Dubai, and Argentina.

Global Experiences
Site Visits

Site Visits
Students learn about supply chain practices firsthand by visiting various U.S. headquarters, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities. Recent trips have included tours of the Port of Milwaukee, Johnson Controls, Emerson Electric, Placon Corporation, W.W. Grainger, GE Healthcare, and MillerCoors.

Case Competitions
Students have the opportunity to compete in team case competitions, including the prestigious Sam M. Walton College of Business International Supply Chain Case Competition, the Michigan State University Graduate Supply Chain Challenge, and the Big Ten Plus Graduate Case Competition. These events give students the opportunity to analyze real-world cases and propose solutions to business leaders.

Case Competitions
Hands On Seminars

Hands-On Seminars
Students gain additional expertise in supply chain management through faculty- and executive-led seminars each semester. Recent seminars have included advanced supply chain analytics, Six Sigma certification, and sales and operations planning.