University of Southern California

USC Marshall and Infosys Partner for Center
Form Industry-Academic Partnership focused on Supply Chain
February 5, 2014 • by News at Marshall

The USC Marshall School of Business is pleased to announce that Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions, is partnering with the recently launched Center of Global Supply Chain Management (CGSCM). The new CGSCM will be an industry-academia center focused on advancing global supply chain management by establishing a robust industry network, offering a variety of education programs and performing advanced research.

A growing field in need of qualified professionals, it is estimated that supply chain management accounts for $10 trillion or roughly 14 percent of the gross world product.

According to the Georgia Center for Innovation in Logistics, the United States alone will need more than 200,000 qualified professionals by 2016.

“The global supply chain space is seeing strong growth, with the United States alone spending nearly 10 percent of its GDP on supply chain activities every year,” said Nick Vyas, director, USC Marshall Center of Global Supply Chain Management (CGSCM). “Capitalizing upon the Center’s global network and industry experience, along with the university’s renowned faculty, we hope to cultivate top talent and become the principal thought leader in the realm of global supply chain management. The USC Marshall CGSCM will work closely with Infosys and other companies across the globe to bridge the existing gap between supply and demand for skilled executives, who can meet the growing and complex demands of the supply chain industry.”

The Center’s multi-faceted curriculum and resources comprise a master’s degree program, specialized training courses and Six Sigma Certification classes for working executives. The master’s program, offered both online and on campus, will include two experiential learning trips to key supply chain hubs. Additionally, the Center will host roundtable conferences, industry forums and panels, networking events and speaker series. CGSCM also will conduct research on challenges faced by companies operating in and contributing to the supply chain space.

As a founding member of the CGSCM, Infosys, in conjunction with USC Marshall, will play an active role in charting the Center’s activities and its growth. Infosys will contribute topics for advanced research and thought leadership and also play a key role on the CGSCM board. To conduct the Center’s activities, Infosys will coordinate with other board members, including industry experts, organizations, trade bodies and local authorities. The Center’s other founding partners include leading multinational corporations from various industries.

Rakhi Makad, industry principal, Infosys and program director from Infosys for USC Marshall CGSCM, said, “Working closely with manufacturing companies around the world, Infosys has developed a unique insight into today’s highly complex supply chains. We also have our sights set on how companies will best manage and optimize their supply chains in the future. CGSCM will offer students an opportunity to learn from professors and business leaders and solve real business problems. Our partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business will allow us to bring together some of the brightest minds spanning academia and the industry to help shape the future of the industry.”

About the Center for Global Supply Chain
The USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management exists to connect the world through Global Supply Chain Management with Network, Education, and Advanced Research (NEAR).As an industry leader in cultivating top business talent, the Center for Global Supply Chain Management will lead the effort to streamline efficiency and supply chain in our increasingly global economy. The state-of the-art resource center will work with country-specific supply chain gateways to keep its member community updated with news, trends and critical changes in the industry.

About Infosys
Infosys is a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions. Infosys enables clients, in more than 30 countries, to stay a step ahead of emerging business trends and outperform the competition. We help them transform and thrive in a changing world by co-creating breakthrough solutions that combine strategic insights and execution excellence. Visit www.infosys.com to see how Infosys (NYSE: INFY), with US$7.4 billion in annual revenues and 158,000+ employees, is Building Tomorrow's Enterprise® today.


About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.