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Mark Fagan

Lecturer in Public Policy

Supply chains that move goods from producers to consumers provide a critical backbone for delivering public services. The ability to provide medicine for the ill, food for school lunches, even ballots to vote with all require efficient and effective supply chains.  Procurement, inventory, distribution, and transportation all must be managed individually and in concert with each other to achieve public policy objectives. We have seen the impacts of failed supply chains during the COVID-19 crisis. Supply chain management (SCM) is the structured process for meeting these objectives. This course provides students with the theory and practice to design, operate, implement and sustain supply chains that deliver public services. The course is taught through case studies from the developing and developed world. Beyond the classroom, student teams work throughout the course directly with organizations to improve their quality and efficiency of their supply chains.