Global Product Flows: A Teaching Toolkit for Integrating Supply Chain Management and Sustainability

The recent disruption of supply chains has highlighted not only the global nature of product flows in the 21st century, but also the need for resilient and sustainable supply chain management (SCM) solutions. The economic dimension of sustainability is inherently built into business curriculum. However, many environmental and social aspects of SCM are left unexplored or minimally covered, such as sustainable purchasing, product life cycle management, humanitarian logistics of refugees, illicit supply chains, (e.g., wildlife, labor trafficking) and more. This project will create a suite of learning tools—lecture material, assignments, tests, cases—that reveal the systemic interconnections of sustainability concepts in SCM and how pulling one ‘lever’ affects other interdependent outcomes.

John Macdonald

Associate Professor, Department of Management