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Georgia Southern University Logistics Students Participate in Multinational Case Study

A group of Georgia Southern logistics students recently completed a multinational case study that included 695 students from 13 universities representing seven countries including the United States, France, Columbia, Peru, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

College of Business students in logistics and intermodal transportation operations classes, led by Chris Boone, Ph.D., were each assigned to a four-person team, along with a mix of students from the other universities. Each team was then given ten days to analyze a Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) case. This task required the logistics students to overcome time, distance and language challenges created by their globally-distributed teams in order to address the inventory and logistics performance problems found in the CSCMP case. Each student group then presented its analysis and solutions to a faculty member from one of the other participating universities using GoToMeeting® video conferencing technology.

“The logistics faculty interact regularly with alumni, employers and industry leaders who are all stressing the added importance of students gaining firsthand experience dealing with the issues, challenges and pressures faced by logistics professionals in today’s increasingly complex and global business environment,” said Boone. “This case study is but one example of the dedicated efforts by faculty from across the Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration to provide our students the high quality education and practical experiences valued by today’s employers.”

Many logistics and supply chain firms are becoming more reliant on the use of geographically dispersed team, and this innovative case experience has equipped Georgia Southern logistics students for success when they are presented with a similar situation in the future. This opportunity was the first to all Georgia Southern logistics students to participate in this innovative case study, which has now included more than 3,000 students from 27 universities worldwide. Preparation for the Fall 2015 case study is underway with plans to add schools from Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, and New Zealand.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. Visit: GeorgiaSouthern.edu

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