February 2011 | Commentary | Checking In

School’s in Forever

Tags: Education & Careers

Inbound Logistics' editorial helps you realize new opportunities as you grow your career.

Felecia Stratton is the editor of Inbound Logistics magazine.

It’s not every day that a group of UCLA MBA students comes calling, asking questions about the automotive aftermarket supply chain, engaging IL research, enriching theirs. But it happens. And when it does, it brings a fresh perspective, reinforcing and empowering our magazine’s objective.

Education has been a core mission for Inbound Logistics since its inception in 1981. Our monthly editorial curriculum is highlighted by topical themes that feature industry case studies, current events, guest columnists, market research, and other articles that push and pull thought leadership.

What we’ve grown in print is augmented and archived online, building a library of rich shipper-driven content and best practices that students and professionals use to expand their knowledge base and sharpen their skillset.

But it’s much more than that. Inbound Logistics is a moving classroom that goes where you go. You can carry it with you in your briefcase or access it on your mobile device. More importantly, our editorial will tag along and help you realize new opportunities as you grow your career.

For example, in Perry Trunick’s featured article, Continuing Education: Making the Right Selection you’ll read about how Cleveland State University (CSU) and others are specifically centering logistics and supply chain curricula on the needs of the local business community. They’re making education accessible and applicable.

CSU has engineered its Executive MBA program with this goal in mind. It’s a weekend-based, two-year program for working professionals. The Accelerated MBA is a shorter program, also weekend-based, for recent graduates who want to pursue graduate studies on a faster track. In addition, the university offers a broad mix of post graduate programs, including operations and supply chain management degrees that reflect more conventional operations, logistics, and supply chain management concentrations.

“The university reflects the economy of the region,” says Elad Granot, director, executive MBA and accelerated MBA programs, Nance College of Business, CSU. “The industries that tend to thrive here range from healthcare to education to manufacturing, alternative energy, and sustainable business.”

CSU’s supply chain management curriculum also uniquely reflects Inbound Logistics. Associate Editor Perry Trunick wears another cap as adjunct professor for the Operations and Supply Chain Management department, teaching a global classroom of PhD physicists, forensic accountants, IT specialists, engineers, and logisticians the finer points of supply chain management.

Trunick instructs a cross-section of logistics and supply chain students at varying stages of their careers and educations. For some, course OSM 524 Transportation Management may merely be a prerequisite. For others, it could be a revelation.

Similarly, when students and logistics professionals come calling, looking for insight and perspective, we’re always willing to help out. That’s our calling as a complete logistics resource.