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Global Fashion
Supply Chain
Management, MPS

Global Fashion Supply Chain Management is a response to the evolution of the global supply chain in the fashion industry. Students in this program gain the knowledge of supply chain management so they can be competitive candidates for industry management positions. Graduates from this program are equipped with the skills to fill positions in the areas of operations management, supply chain analytics, procurement and logistics.

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SEMESTER 1

MPSS 600 - SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS

This introductory course defines the supply chain and provides background information to introduce the concepts in the program. The objective is for students to understand the challenges of managing an effective supply chain, including variability, organizational silos and tradeoffs. Students learn the importance of supply chain metrics and other performance monitors.


MPSS 601 - THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FASHION AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN

This course provides our students with the perspective of how in-house and outsourced sourcing departments contribute to the design, production and distribution of goods. Students learn about the design process and the role that the supply chains plays in merchandising decisions. For the class project, students develop an integrated sourcing calendar that demonstrates the need for collaboration throughout the supply chain. 

MPSS 602 - LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT

This course will cover all elements of distribution and logistics management such as: the physical distribution of goods, warehouse selection, material handling, packaging, order fulfillment, customer service, inventory management, receiving, production stores and returned goods. The course also addresses key technology issues such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), bar coding, electronic data interchange (EDI), electronic commerce (e-commerce) and distribution resource planning (DRP). Students will gain the knowledge to be effective in a logistics management role.

MPSS 603 - GLOBAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

This course focuses on the particular traits needed to develop a global perspective and bring together the necessary multicultural business alliances to lead global projects. This course also examines ethics in relation to social responsibility and the importance of ethical decision-making in the context of global textile and apparel businesses. Students will also explore various leadership theories and models needed within the global business environment.

SEMESTER 2

MPSS 604 - STRATEGIC SOURCING SOLUTIONS

This course focuses on an understanding of the strategic importance of operations and how efficient practices can provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace.  During one-week students evaluate product and supply chain characteristics and learn a framework for aligning the right strategies for an effective supply chain that supports the organization’s long-term strategic goals.

MPSS 605 - INNOVATION AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT

This course provides students with the elementary quantitative tools needed within the supply chain field. This course highlights methods that are frequently used by many businesses while introducing students to a collection of quantitative tools designed to enhance managerial decision-making. Students will learn the necessary skills to transition individuals, teams and organizations to a desired future state.

MPSS 606 - SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT FROM AN E-COMMERCE PERSPECTIVE

This course provides an understanding of how sourcing and product fulfillment have evolved to meet the demands of the e-commerce business model.  Students will learn about information sharing within the supply chain and tactics for reducing inventory costs such as point-of-sale data and automation replenishment, vendor-managed inventory, postponement and drop shipping. Through class assignments students evaluate operations management tactics for online sales.   

MPSS 607 - SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYTICS

This course involves the application of frameworks and mathematical modelling tools for supply chain management problems including the uncertainty matrix and its role in supply chain strategy development. Students apply quantitative skills for demand forecasting, aggregate planning and sales and operations planning.


SEMESTER 3

MPSS 608 - PROJECT AND PEOPLE MANAGEMENT

This is a course that focuses on the human relations and project management aspects of supply chain management. Students will learn how to address the challenges of managing complex team structures such as those often found within the supply chain network. Students grasp basic project management skills such as resource and time management while also learning how to assign and monitor responsibilities within the project team.

MPSS 609 - CAPSTONE COURSE: SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY PROJECT

The capstone class is designed to give students an opportunity to synthesize and demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired from the other courses completed in the program. Based on previous class content, students are able to complete the supply chain management project that relates to the dynamics of the fashion industry. The project provides student with an opportunity to practice the program’s learnings in a real-world scenario.