Part of COE’s mission is connect our members to undergraduate and graduate students at Fisher College of business and, for students, connect them to member companies.

Project Opportunity: Strategic Global Sourcing

Response deadline: Aug. 8, 2017

Prof. John Gray

Fisher College of Business professor and COE Associate Director John Gray is seeking interested companies to host a group project for his second-year MBA and/or junior/senior undergraduate "Strategic Global Sourcing" classes for autumn semester 2017. These projects provide our Fisher students the opportunity to gain experience dealing with a real-world challenge in the broad domain of global sourcing - and provide you with real value at no cost aside from your time.

The class covers make-vs.-buy, location decisions, and the management of suppliers/vendors. Regarding supplier/vendor management, topics include supplier/vendor strategy, supplier/vendor selection (including reverse auctions), on-going management of suppliers/vendors (e.g., scorecards, ensuring quality, relational vs. transactional sourcing, etc.), social issues in sourcing (child labor, factory fires, etc.). Students also study analytical approaches to cost modeling (including regression) and decision making under uncertainty (including Monte Carlo Simulation). Though not a projects class, the projects currently being sought account for about 30% of the class grade.

If you're interested ...

Please fill out this short survey by Tuesday, Aug. 8.  Note that you do not a detailed project plan by then; the survey simply gets your contact information and basics on your potential participation. 

Next steps ...

You'll be contacted for follow-up in August to gather information on the project that will be shared with classes by Aug. 20. Students interested in taking on a project with this class (the other option is an exam) will then select projects based on their interests, and all will be sorted out within a week or two.

If your project is selected ...

Projects typically entail one call per week, field e-mail questions and possibly obtaining data for students. For this investment, you will receive: 

  • ~2-3 hrs/week (average) per MBA student; team sizes vary from 1-4.
  • A written deliverable, including any analyses included as part of the project.
  • Excellent networking opportunities with students; many of these projects have led to employment opportunities

Successful projects are ...

  • Tightly defined in scope;
  • Involve data (in reasonably clean format) to be analyzed, with a fairly clear question;
  • Involve research and synthesis on a topic of interest to you using publicly available sources.

Successful projects do not ...

  • Entail benchmarking. Students are unable to get inside other companies for these insights, which are better obtained through work with consultants. Only publicly available data (including Ohio State libraries) can reasonably be researched.
  • Require a deep knowledge of your industry, company, product, process, etc. If understanding the context will require students to spend many hours of research, they ultimately will struggle to provide value.


Please proceed with filling out the survey if you're interested in this opportunity. Interested in networking with others in the global sourcing community? Request to join Dr. Gray's LinkedIn network.

for coe members

resources

  • Submit internship / full-time positions

    The Office of Career Management's website, Fisher Connect, is a system designed to help employers and Fisher students connect. Employers and students can add and find jobs, internships, on-campus interview schedules, resumes, and career fairs all in one system.

    For questions or additional information, contact Jamie Mathews-Mead at Mathews-mead.1@osu.edu or 614.292.8580.

  • Engage with graduate students on a Six Sigma project

    Companies have the opportunity to participate with the second year MBA Six Sigma class by providing a clearly defined six sigma project for students to solve over a 15 week period.Projects run from October to March and January to May. This is a student project for class credit and there is no financial cost to the company.

    For more information, contact Peg Pennington at pennington.84@osu.edu or 614.292.3081.

  • Connect your nonprofit passion to undergrads for a project

    Non-profit companies have the opportunity to participate in a Six Sigma class by providing a clearly defined six sigma project for students to solve over a 10 week period. Projects run from January to March. This is a student project for class credit and there is no financial cost to the company.

    For more information, contact Cheryl Dickerson at Cheryl.Dickerson@osumc.edu.

  • Engage with MBA students on a sourcing project

    Companies have the opportunity to participate with the second year MBA global sourcing class by providing a clearly defined project for students to solve over a 6-8 week period. Projects run January to early March. Examples include; make buy decisions, off-shoring and redesign of supply chain. This project is for class credit and there is no financial cost to the company.

    For more information, contact John Gray at gray.402@osu.edu or 614.247.8021.

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