IUP Supply Chain Class Participates in Business Summit at Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence

Posted on 10/9/2017 1:16:59 PM

Fourteen undergraduate and MBA students from Prashanth Bharadwaj’s Supply Chain Management class attended inaugural Operational Excellence Summit, held on October 3, 2017, at St. Vincent College.

Six speakers from reputed organizations such as Stanley Black & Decker, Kennametal, and Toyota Lean Systems Program at the University of Kentucky spoke to about 75 supply chain management students and professionals in the Western Pittsburgh region.

IUP Supply Chain Management class with Dr. Prashanth Bharadwaj at Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence on October 3, 2017.

The focus of the presentations was the changing nature of business processes and systems and how different they would be in the next 10 years. Operational excellence is the key to synthesizing concepts such as leadership, continuous improvement, metric-based management, etc. to ultimately assure customer satisfaction, market share, and profitability. There were a number of key takeaways from the summit that could be implemented in the students’ careers.

“The Operational Excellence seminar at St. Vincent was an awesome opportunity to learn about the future of supply chain management. It was also a chance to network with professionals that have 20-plus years of experience and worked their way on to leadership teams.”

Cole McSwaney

“This was an excellent opportunity, and I am glad that I decided to go. We learned about different companies/people’s leadership styles and their importance, which translates into processes throughout the organization.”

Daulton Sarver

“As an international student, it was definitely a whole unique experience for me to attend this kind of summit where there were lot of key takeaways, and the speakers were excellent in sharing their experiences and the kind of people they look forward to working with.”

Sireesh Erode Satish

“This was definitely a great opportunity for me to understand the supply chain industry and how to network with industry professionals.”

Abdul Azeez Mohamed Shahul Hameed

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology