Stand-alone Department of Supply Chain Management created — the first in Iowa
(Ames, Iowa) — The Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business is the only college in Iowa to offer a stand-alone Department of Supply Chain Management, a change that took effect July 1.
“Until now, our Department of Supply Chain Management was shared with our information systems program,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding.
“Our supply chain program has been growing, in both size and improved national rankings, making this a logical next step for the program,” Spalding said. “Today, we are among a small group in the nation to have a stand-alone department to focus on supply chain management. This is a testament to the growth we have seen in this discipline, the strength of our department, and the dedication the college has for this growing field.”
Scott Grawe, associate professor in supply chain management and the Robert and Jane Sturgeon Fellow in Business, has been named chair of the department.
“This makes a strong statement to the academic community that we are the place for supply chain management research,” Grawe said. “With so few stand-alone supply chain departments, this is somewhat groundbreaking. I’m excited about this change and for the future of supply chain at the Ivy College of Business.”
As part of this change, the college also created the new Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics.
“Business analytics is the wave of the future,” Spalding said. “We made this change because we are thinking about the future for our students and the needs of business and industry. It’s also a good match with information systems.”
The college currently offers a master’s program in business analytics. An undergraduate program is currently being developed and is going through the approval process.
“With growth in these disciplines, each area now has a sufficient number of students and faculty to warrant the creation of separate departments,” Spalding said. “This really is cutting edge.”
Creating two distinct departments will allow each new department to have improved brand identity and clarity, which will strengthen them.
Kevin Scheibe, professor of information systems and the Kingland Faculty Fellow in Business Analytics, has been named department chair of the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics.
“With these changes, we are creating an improved learning experience for students,” Scheibe said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunities this provides to our students, to the college, and to the businesses that will ultimately hire our students.”
About Scott Grawe, associate professor in supply chain management and the Robert and Jane Sturgeon Fellow in Business:
He was named chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management, effective July 1, 2019.
He has served on the faculty since the fall of 2010.
He previously served as the associate dean for strategy and engagement.
- PhD, supply chain management, University of Oklahoma, 2010
- MBA, supply chain management, University of Minnesota, 2005
- BS, finance, Iowa State University, 1998
His areas of expertise and research are in supply chain management, logistics, international logistics, supply chain innovation, third-party logistics, relationship management, demand fulfillment, and distribution channels.
About Kevin Scheibe, professor of information systems and the Kingland Faculty Fellow in Business Analytics:
He was named chair of the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, effective July 1, 2019.
He has served on the faculty since the fall of 2003.
- PhD, business information technology, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2003
- MBA, business, California State University, 1998
- BS, computer science, Biola University (La Mirada, California), 1991
His areas of research and expertise are in business analytics, big data, decision support systems, spatial analytics, supply chain analytics, geographic information systems, IT outsourcing, privacy and security, and supply chain risk. He also serves as an associate editor at Decision Sciences Journal.