Residence I (Introduction)
This four-day introduction identifies the skills necessary for successful completion, explains how courses will be presented throughout the year and introduces the first three courses (Supply Management, Operational Processes, Logistics & Supply Chain Systems) and the year-long spanning course (International Negotiations.) Topics include presentation design and delivery, IT proficiency, use of library databases, report writing, negotiation case analyses, active listening, team building, demand management, logistics, working as a member of a group, use of simulations, self assessment inventories, and the use of Blackboard technology.
Residence II (Mid-Program Assessment)
This four-day session, which occurs approximately 6 months after the first residence session, provides an opportunity for additional face-to-face negotiations and introduction of the remaining instructors and courses (Strategic Cost Management, Project Management Principles).
Residence III (Conclusion Year I, Introduction Year II)
This residence blends the conclusion of Year I and the introduction of Year II. First, this session provides an opportunity for additional face-to-face negotiations and a dinner celebrating the completion of Year I. The latter days of the session provide the opportunity to explain the overall program structure for the second year, introduce the initial courses, and identify the skills necessary for successful completion. Topics include a refresher on the use of the library databases, team building, and presentation skills. Four of the program courses (Leadership & Ethics for Supply Chain Managers, World Class Supplier Development, Organization Change Management and the Advanced Integrative Project) are introduced.
Residence IV (Mid-Program Assessment)
This four-day session, which occurs approximately 6 months after Residence III, provides an opportunity to address several issues: progress, challenges and lessons learned on the projects; lecture and presentations on developing and managing alliances (a component of the Value Network Management course); and introduction of the remaining instructors and courses (Global Supply Management, Law/Ethics & Contracts for Supply Chain Management, Finance for Supply Chain Managers, Marketing in a Supply Chain Context, and Value Network Management.)
Residence V (Graduation)
This three-day session provides an opportunity for closure on the Value Network Management course, which requires the students to come prepared to negotiate time-lines, personnel requirements, and financial resource requirements with a team of faculty, who will be role playing senior executives. This final residence also provides an opportunity for the final team or individual project presentations and a program graduation ceremony and celebration reception. This assumes all work has been completed.