In a year of COVID-19 challenges, four undergraduate Operations and Supply Chain Management students at UND rose to the challenge of analyzing a case based on real/realistic challenges faced by GM in evaluating their potential and actual suppliers’ engagement and improvement in Sustainability and Social Responsibility. The student team was tasked with developing and delivering (in a very short time frame) a system for how they would integrate existing GM corporate policy with available data, as well as how they would incorporate additional data to provide a Suppliers Sustainability Scorecard — and demonstrate it online using both YouTube presentation and live Powerpoint supported presentation as well.
Competition was strong, as some of the top Supply Chain programs in the country were represented. International teams also joined the competition. The NCoBPA Team (Bryce Horner, Megan Sather, Jacob Raether, and Sam Scheuss) won their first round in the case competition and advanced to compete in the Finals. The team was supported by a faculty team of Drs. David Hollingworth, Seong-Hyun Nam, and Chia-Hung (Josh) Chuang.
“Competing on this team was a wonderful, yet challenging experience. This was a unique opportunity for us to put our education to the test and work through a problem that is occurring in the real world,” says senior, Jacob Raether.
We are exceptionally proud of these students and their accomplishments! We are also proud that once again, UND had a team advance to the finals. This pattern of accomplishment by UND students is another demonstration of the high quality of our Operations and Supply Chain Management program. We are certainly not the largest (or anywhere near the largest SCM program in the country), but we are one of the best!