Students Research Supply Chain Control Towers
and Take Second Place in District
Two MBA students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston claimed one of the top spots at a recent district competition in supply chain management.
Bauer MBA candidates Magdalena Gonzalez and AbdulAhed Farooqi earned second place at the recent APICS Terra Grande District Chuck K. Nelson 2013 Student Paper Contest for their work, “Improving Supply Chain Performance through Supply Chain Control Towers.” The paper bested other submissions from Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
The topic of supply chain control towers is a fairly new concept that improves supply chain visibility and the decision-making process, Gonzalez said. Control towers involve a system of people, technology and processes to oversee and manage an end-to-end view of supply chain using real time data.
“We chose this topic because it is cutting edge and because we knew it would be a challenge,” Gonzalez said. “We came across a few supply chain bulletins online that cited supply chain control towers as the next ‘big thing’ to hit supply chain management in 2013. What was once just a conceptual idea is now actually being rolled out in a few yet prominent companies.”
Gordon Smith, who teaches supply chain management at the Bauer College and mentored the student team, said the recognition emphasizes the strength of the college’s program.
“I am absolutely delighted with the outcome of the recent paper competition and extremely proud of our students,” he said. “I feel that this result speaks very highly of our MBA program.”
The students said they were intrigued to research such a hot topic in the supply chain discipline and add to the emerging discussion.
“The supply chain industry is an ever growing and evolving industry with new concepts emerging yearly,” Farooqi said. “Competitions can help students form a new understanding of the industry and push us to think beyond that which has been thought. This competition in particular has improved my own understanding and has made me more confident with dealing with new challenges in the industry.”
By Amanda Sebesta