Thursday October 16, 2008

Supply Chains in China

A leading scholar in manufacturing and operations management in China will be on campus Oct. 24 as part of UD's operations management distinguished speaker series.

Linda Sprague, the Thomas J. Petters Distinguished Professor of International Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., will present the lecture "China's Evolving Supply Chain Infrastructure: A Work in Progress" at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the Miriam Hall atrium. A reception immediately follows.

In the lecture, Sprague, who before going to Rollins was a professor of manufacturing and operations management at the China International Business School in Shanghai, will address the fitness of China's supply-chain infrastructure to support the unprecedented growth of China's industrial output. In that environment, manufacturers accustomed to "lean" operations are finding they are vulnerable to supply variability, which is a fact of life in China.

The lecture is sponsored by the department of management information systems, operations management and decision sciences in the UD School of Business Administration.