Business Concentration Under Development at ECPI University

Business Concentration Under Development at ECPI University

In response to escalating demand in the employment marketplace, ECPI University is developing a new Business Administration concentration in Operations, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management. Students can learn key strategies, concepts, and practical skills necessary for managing and/or operating a successful production environment.

Specifically, curriculum is designed to help students understand metrics, manage finances, and learn key operational functions such as income statement analysis, product pricing, margin analysis, supply chain management, equipment processes, and employee engagement and performance. Offered in both an online and hybrid learning format, courses include:

  • Operations Management
  • Applied Project Management
  • Accounting for Business Decisions
  • Data Analytics and Business Forecasting
  • Business Process Improvement

The program culminates with a virtual simulation capstone course that focuses on durable and non-durable goods and the key functional areas of:

  • The Production Process
  • Managing Suppliers
  • Forecasting and Contracts
  • Human Resources/Capacity Planning
  • Operation Expansion
  • Maximizing Net Worth

In addition to classroom work, students will be encouraged and supported in pursuing professional certifications such as CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management), SCPro Level One: Cornerstones of Supply Chain Management and CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management).

“The demand for these skills is enormous,” says Dr. Peter Natale, Dean of ECPI University’s College of Business. “Manufacturing, production, and distribution companies are yearning for new talent. It’s projected that modern manufacturing and supply side related operations will generate millions of high-skilled jobs in the next decade. Managing these organizations in the global economy requires individuals with strong abilities in operational efficiency, project management, forecasting, logistics, and strategic planning.”

Employment growth will also be driven by the need for individuals with an understanding of quality production techniques that provide great customer satisfaction through the interpretation of digital data. New technologies that underpin these competencies are also cornerstones of the concentration.

“As with all programs we offer here at ECPI University, we consulted industry experts as we developed our curriculum,” says Dr. Natale. “Moreover, drawing on ECPI University’s rich experience with technology, we expect to produce graduates who will be able to help their employers make use of the growing volumes of data that can assist them in operating most effectively.”