The supply chain management program at the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business has drawn impressive rankings for more than six consecutive years, including #7 in the world for empirical research (2021 The overall program has also reached #23 in the nation in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report “Best College” undergraduate rankings.

No matter which aspect you focus on, there is one common theme.

“We are successful because of the people,” said Supply Chain Management Department Chair Scott Grawe, an associate professor of supply chain management. “The research rankings are a direct result of having some of the best supply chain scholars in the world right here in Ames, Iowa. This is not new, either. When I was a student here in the 1990’s we had a highly-ranked research program in transportation and logistics. The addition of the PhD program over a decade ago has helped us continue to produce strong research and new scholars for the discipline.”

Most recently, the Ivy supply chain management program achieved these rankings:

  • #23 supply chain management program in the nation overall, 2020 U.S. News & World Report “Best College” undergraduate rankings
  • #5 in the world for supply chain management research productivity — 2018 Transportation Journal
  • #7 supply chain management program in the world for empirical research — 2021

“The rankings show the world that we continue to engage in rigorous and impactful supply chain research. It allows us to attract the best faculty,” said Grawe.

Supply chain management is continuing to capture the attention of business leaders and consumers, which shows this is the perfect time for students to consider a career in supply chain. The experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic brought attention to the importance, and sensitivities of the world’s supply chain. Those discussions made their way into the classroom, providing real-world experience for today’s college students.

“Everyone understands what it’s like to wait for a package to arrive at their door or a product to become available on the shelf,” Grawe said. “Faculty, students, and business leaders can look to the team in our department to help them navigate new challenges and prepare for the next great disruption.”

The curriculum in the Ivy program is comprehensive and relevant. Students learn first-hand how a supply chain works. They have multiple opportunities to meet industry leaders, both in the classroom and in their businesses. Many students also take advantage of a robust study abroad program offered by the college. Those experiences prepare students for internships during college and full-time jobs after graduation.

Teaching is a priority for the supply chain management faculty.

“The old stereotype of choosing to be a teacher or a researcher doesn’t work.  You must do both,” said Pat Daugherty, the Debbie and Jerry Ivy Chair in Business and a professor of supply chain management. Daugherty was recently recognized for being among the top 2 percent of the most cited researchers in the world.

“The success of our program follows impressive growth in the number of supply chain faculty,” Daugherty said. “We now have 16 tenured or tenure-track faculty.  We are one of the largest supply chain management programs in the United States. But it’s not just the number of faculty. It’s the team that has been assembled. We have a truly comprehensive group working across all areas — logistics, operations management, purchasing, and sourcing.”

There is also a great deal of research collaboration among the faculty.

“That has paid off in terms of greater productivity and more research being published in high quality journals,” Daugherty said. “We’re proud of our rankings.  We compete against great schools, many of whom have more established programs.”