Logistics, Business & Public Policy

LBPP includes supply chain management, international business, managerial economics and business law

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management (SCM) is the management of the flow of goods. It includes the movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption. Previously referred to as "logistics and transportation," SCM is now the preferred name for this skyrocketing industry. 

Housed in the school's department of Logistics, Business and Public Policy; supply chain management (SCM) has become an increasingly popular area of study and a very successful one. SCM is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Smith in the top 10 for supply chain management.

International Business

Choosing an International Business (IB) major recognizes that the world we live in is increasingly interconnected. The barriers to cross-border trade and investment have declined in recent decades as advances in transportation, telecommunications, and technology have ushered in a fourth industrial revolution.

The Smith IB curriculum embraces the business core, and then expands your horizons with specially tailored courses in management , finance, marketing, strategy, and supply chain management that emphasize the cross-cultural challenges of the global marketplace. 

At Smith, you enter one of only 15 centers for international business education (CIBE) established by the U.S. Department of Education located within the Smith Center for Global Business

Business Law

The study of law is a vital component of business education. Business leaders must understand and effectively navigate the legal environment. Everyday activities demand the responsible management of legal risks and issues. In today’s fast-moving market economy, business professionals must grasp the interface between government and business, comprehend the function of courts and lawyers, and appreciate the role of business in society. Successful leaders must also behave ethically and exercise sound judgment.

Courses in business law prepare students to meet the ethical, governance, and compliance challenges that arise in complex business transactions. These courses help students explore how responsible companies can engage effectively with all stakeholders, including legislators, regulators, and the general public. With increasing attention paid to the social impact of business, the business law curriculum encourages students to participate in solving society’s most pressing and intractable problems.

Business law students acquire both valuable knowledge and a range of critical thinking abilities essential to business decision-making. Students develop qualitative reasoning skills that are crucial when corporate officers and managers face hard choices under conditions of empirical uncertainty or moral ambiguity. By studying business law, students attain proficiency in identifying and evaluating moral and legal issues embedded within complex circumstances; developing a coherent approach to analyzing legal problems; applying legal principles to reach appropriate conclusions; and, reasoning by analogy between similar cases and situations. Business law classes also promote the exercise of good judgment by emphasizing the distrust of personal motives, sensitivity to the perspectives of others, patience in decision making, and courage in making difficult decisions. Because these analytical competencies are useful in many problem-solving contexts, business law courses are the ideal complement to more quantitative courses and degree programs.

The Business Law Area faculty are experienced lawyers and scholars publishing cutting-edge research. Multiple articles have been placed by them in the premier peer-reviewed business law journal, as well as in journals published by such leading law schools as Yale, Stanford, Penn, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Iowa, and Boston University. The business law faculty’s research has earned several national awards and their scholarship has been widely cited in articles, treatises, and judicial decisions. The research spans all the following topics: equity, obligations, jurisprudence and philosophy of law, remedies, employment, employee benefits, government pensions, constitutional law, securities, corporate governance, and intellectual property. The business law faculty are leaders in their fields, holding editorial positions on top journals and executive offices in the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. They are sought out for their expertise by state and national organizations, the media, and corporate litigants.  Business law faculty serve as associate directors of the Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, & Crime (C-BERC), which constitutes a unique innovative collaboration between the Smith School and the Department of Criminology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. They also serve as advisors to the Business Law Society and UMD’s Green Wolverine club. Finally, they are exceptional instructors and have earned numerous teaching awards at the school and national level.

For more information on recruiting from our top-ranked supply chain program contact supplychain@umd.edu.

Undergraduate Supply Chain Management
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Full-Time MBA Supply Chain Focus
US News

Students can study supply chain management on all levels at Maryland Smith – undergraduate, MBA, master of science, and PhD. The Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC), run by Smith's top-ranked supply chain faculty, delivers cutting-edge solutions to private industry and government clients.

Supply Chain Consulting Fellows

The Supply Chain Consulting Fellows program offers students a unique opportunity for learning both within the Smith School and with external supply chain professionals. As part of a top-ranked program, students have the opportunity to take core classes together, participate as leaders in the Supply Chain Management Society, visit regional facilities and operations, sign up for a class that explores international or North American processes, and network at local and annual meetings of leading industry professional organizations. 

Learn More: Supply Chain Consulting Fellows

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Contact Us

Department Chair
Martin Dresner

Supply Chain Program Manager
Dianne Fox
Email: dfox2@umd.edu

Logistics, Business & Public Policy Department
3411 Van Munching Hall
College Park, MD 20742
E-mail: supplychain@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-2190

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