Bridging Academics and Industry

Each semester, MBA students are required to participate in the Applied Learning course led by Center Director Jake Dean. This course is designed to connect classroom learning content to industry. The students had a full semester of diverse opportunities. Applied learnings included:

  • SCM Seminar- What Can Supply Chain Be?
  • Joint Risk Management and Insurance - Supply Chain analysis of Hanjin shipping bankruptcy
  • Seminar - Unconcious Bias
  • SCM Seminar - European Supply Chains with EAB member Kevin Weadick
  • Information Session - APICS
  • Site Visit - Kohler Company, Kohler, WI

Kohler Co.

By Leon Bodevin-Cotti

As part of the applied learning curriculum, the Center traveled to Kohler, Wisconsin on November 18th to meet with the supply chain team at Kohler Company. The trip started with a tour of the Kohler Design Center, which showcased the vast array of products this $6 billion company produces. Afterwards, Center students met with Steve Cassady, Vice President of Supply Chain, and he discussed his career at Kohler and the unique challenges he faces working for a family-owned private company. Students then took a tour of the manufacturing facilities at Kohler. The facilities encompassed a wide array of manufacturing processes: from the hot-forging involved in manufacturing metallic bathroom fixtures to the artisanal studio Kohler uses for their high-end Artist Editions line. After the tour, students returned to an auditorium where they engaged in a discussion with senior members of the Kohler supply chain team. Data analytics and SKU complexity were a large part of the discussion, as was the role that company leadership and vision can play on how underused SKUs were discarded or kept in production.