- Enhance your understanding of Supply Chain Management Systems in both Italian and multinational companies.
- Potential activities include company visits to an olive oil factory, coffee factory, mozzarella cheese factory, pasta factory, limoncello factory, vineyard, glove and leather goods factory, and excursions to popular cities, towns and attractions such as Naples (Mount Vesuvius), Pompeii (Ruins of Pompeii), Positano, Sorrento and other towns along the Amalfi Coast.
- Spend the Fourth of July visiting the World War II Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Anzio, just a short drive from Rome, Italy's magnificent capital city.
- Brush up on your Italian language skills with an additional Italian language and culture course!
Course of Study
Supply Chain Management (SCM) includes all the activities that must take place to get the right products and services into the right customer’s hands in the right quantity at the right time—from raw material extraction to consumer purchase.
A focus of the course work is developing the three foundational areas of supply chain management: procurement, logistics, and operations. This program offers integration among these critical, value-adding components to enhance students' global competitiveness, and is intended to provide students with an understanding of supply chain and logistic activities, development of strong quantitative and analytic skills, and introduction to tools to explore and improve a system. The proposed program provides for classroom exposure and experiential learning through tours demonstrating local products transitioning from grower to global distribution networks after value-added conversions have occurred.
The learning objectives of SCMS 331 are to build analytical management techniques for:
- ascertaining demand for the organization's goods and services;
- justifying and acquiring the necessary resources; and
- planning and controlling the transformation of resources into goods and services.
These objectives will be achieved by examining applications in both large and small organizations (Italian and multinational), private and public enterprise, service, and manufacturing organizations through the following examples:
- Identify opportunities for development of products and services in a global marketplace through practical experience in a culture and society tied to a deep geographical and historical heritage.
- Develop analytical and cross-cultural techniques for determining demand for locally produced products in an international market.
- Using Capacity Analysis techniques, identify current and historical value-added processes used to convert locally produced resources into products having a global demand.
- Identify logistical challenges associated with moving products in the European Union and in the global marketplace.
- Identify cultural differences in service providers and the opportunities for improving and expanding services using analytical techniques.
Course Name: SCMA 331: Operations and Supply Chain Management
Course Description: Analytical management techniques for: ascertaining demand for the organization's goods and services; justifying and acquiring the necessary resources; and planning and controlling the transformation of resources into goods and services. Application in both large and small organizations, private and public enterprise, service, and manufacturing organizations.
Course Prerequisites: sophomore standing; 2.5 GPA; Business Qualified (MATH 104 or MATH 106 or MATH 107/MATH 107H or MATH 208/MATH 208H; ACCT 201 or ACCT 201H or RAIK 181H; ACCT 202 or ACCT 202H or RAIK 282H; ECON 211 or ECON 211H or RAIK 282H; ECON 212 or ECON 212H or RAIK 182H; ECON 215 or ECON 215H or STAT 218). Prerequisite for actuarial science, Raikes School and agribusiness majors: Refer to exceptions for the requirements.
Course Name: MODL 198
Students can also enroll in an Italian language course. This course has been pre-approved as 3 hours of MODL 198.
Who Can Participate
- Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students can apply to this program;
- Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA (3.0 preferred);
- Non-CBA students should have Junior standing or above;
- Students from other colleges/universities may apply provided they fulfill the required prerequisites (subject to review);
- UNL students will be given priority admission over students from other colleges/universities.
Clyde Davis, MBA, CPIM
Supply Chain Management, Lecturer
Clyde Davis has lived in Africa (1973-1974) and the United Kingdom (1974-1977). Clyde's experience in Africa (Asmara, Eritrea, Ethiopia) included living in a community with a significant Italian influence and heritage. Clyde has traveled to other European destinations between 1973 and 1977.
For questions concerning course registration, please contact:
International Business Program, Administrative Support Associate
For all other questions, please contact your Education Abroad Coordinator:
Education Abroad, Education Abroad and Exchange Coordinator
Ask an Italian where in the world they would most like to live, and the odds are that they will say “right here”. Indeed, most people – not just Italians – have raved about Italy since tourism began, and to be honest the country really does have it all: one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in Europe; the world’s greatest hoard of art treasures (many on display in fittingly spectacular cities and buildings); a climate that is on the whole benign; and, most important of all for many, a delicious and authentic national cuisine.
Italy might be the world’s most celebrated tourist destination, but it only became a unified state in 1861, and as a result Italians often feel more loyalty to their region than to the nation as a whole – something manifest in its different cuisines, dialects, landscapes and often varying standards of living. However, if there is a single national Italian characteristic, it’s to embrace life to the full – in the hundreds of local festivals taking place across the country on any given day to celebrate a saint or the local harvest; in the importance placed on good food; in the obsession with clothes and image; and in the daily ritual of the collective evening stroll or passeggiata – a sociable affair celebrated by young and old alike in every town and village across the country. (Description taken from Rough Guides)
This program is located at the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy. Sorrento (population ~16,600) is located in southern Italy, overlooking the Bay of Naples. The area has a history of international commerce dating from the Greek and Roman era. Currently, the area is known for its tourism industry and agricultural production of citrus fruits, nuts, olives, grapes, and the value-added commercial production of these resources. Sorrento provides an opportunity to study both service and manufacturing processes and the Supply Chains developed by the residents over an extensive historical time. The primary service industry is tourism which provides opportunities for students to learn and experience food service, lodging, and transportation industries. Commercial manufacturing experiential learning opportunities include visits to food, beverage, and clothing production facilities.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
- Airfare: Students will purchase their own airfare for this program, and will be provided with a suggested flight itinerary approximately three months before the program starts.
- Lodging: Students will stay in student housing provided by our on-site partner, the Sant'Anna Institute. Student housing is shared apartments with double or triple rooms (with linens). Common areas include a kitchen (with stove, refrigerator, and cooking utensils), living room and bathroom. WiFi is provided in all apartments. Apartments are located within 20 minutes' walking distance to the Sant’Anna Institute.
- Meals: A Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner are included in this program's program cost; all other meals are out-of-pocket. Students will be provided with a discount card that can be used for discounts at local markets and restaurants.
- Transportation: Students will be provided with all in-country transportation. Students will have to arrange their own transportation to and from U.S. airports.
- Required Travel Documents: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to enter Italy; visas for U.S. citizens staying for less than 90 days are NOT required. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to Italy at the time of applying to this program.
- Health and Mobility: Sorrento is located on a cliff overlooking a marina. Students with mobility challenges may experience additional challenges navigating the sidewalks and routes due to stairs without ramps. Italy, and southern Italy in particular, tends to get very hot in the summer. Thus, students are encouraged to bring sunglasses, sunscreen and plenty of water with them during long periods of time outdoors. UNL Education Abroad also recommends all students to review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for Italy-specific health and safety information.
Please see the budget sheet and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.
Upon confirmation of participation, program participants will pay a commitment deposit.
Deposit Amount: $500.00
Deposit Deadline: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from the program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal, including the roundtrip flight. The final program cost balance will appear on the participant's MyRED student account and will be due on June 12, 2017.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
Several scholarships will be available to undergraduate CBA student exclusively for this program. Students will be considered for these scholarships based on their program applications, and will be notified of the scholarship decision and amount no later than Friday, February 3.
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