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The Global Supply Chain Management Initiative (GSCMI) Center is the focal point within the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business for promoting education, research and industrial engagement with those interested in supply chain management.

The Center accomplishes this through conferences, student competitions, and company projects that create venues for collaboration between firms, students and faculty around the state and across the globe. These opportunities place our students on the leading edge of emerging ideas and technologies and provide differentiating advantages in the manufacturing business, bridging industry, students, and faculty.

What is GSCMI?

Many of today's most successful firms attribute their success to a strategically managed global supply chain. The complexities of coordinating and collaborating within a global network of designers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers grow as businesses seek to attain a competitive advantage through carefully formulated strategies for managing flows in physical, informational and financial channels.

Supply Chain Management is the process of ensuring that products are produced and delivered quickly and efficiently:

  • Drives coordination of processes and activities among marketing, sales, product design, manufacturing, finance and information technology.
  • Encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion and all logistical activities.
  • Includes coordination and collaboration with channel partners, which can be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers.
  • Integrates supply and demand management within and across companies.
  • Responsible for linking major business functions and business processes within and across companies into a cohesive and high-performing business model.

GSCMI Center Directors

Ananth Iyer (2015 - 2022)
George Shanthikumar (2011 - 2015)
Ananth Iyer (2005 - 2011)

The Global Supply Chain Management Initiative gives current and future managers the opportunity to be on the forefront of emerging ideas and technologies that promise to provide a differentiating advantage to businesses in the future.

This initiative offers a broad-based approach to develop your business skills through a variety of programs.


David Hummels
David Hummels
Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business and Distinguished Professor of Economics, Purdue University

Thanks to our outstanding faculty, we produce students who have analytical insight and become global leaders. Centers play a large role in our success, and the Global Supply Chain Management Initiative (GSCMI) and Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises (DCMME) mesh perfectly with the strengths of Purdue and the Daniels School. They also represent key areas for the United States in its quest to maintain its status as an economic superpower.

All businesses today are global. Advances in technology and logistics allow even the smallest operations in the most remote parts of the world to sell and ship goods. The firms that have the most strategically managed and effective global supply chains will be in the best position to enjoy sustained success. GSCMI gives both students and current practitioners insights into emerging ideas that will give their companies a competitive advantage in reaching a worldwide audience.

And let’s not forget the role manufacturing plays in economic success. Manufacturing has evolved tremendously in the past few decades with advances in science and technology. That evolution plays perfectly into Purdue’s strengths, and has made our university and school a leader in solving challenges and providing new directions for the manufacturing sector.

We invite you to contact GSCMI to explore research and job, internship and outreach opportunities.