CofC Students and Professor Give Insight on Supply Chain Now Podcast

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Supply Chain Now Podcast Preview PageElizabeth Petner ‘22, Madison Buchter ‘22, and Keith Connolly, adjunct faculty in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Management, all recently joined the Supply Chain Now podcast to discuss their experiences with supply chain management and notable trends of supply chain management that have become more important in the past couple of years.

Here are the three main takeaways from the podcast:

1. Supply chain management has not always been important to business structure, but it has become so in recent years.

When Professor Connolly was in college, supply chain management as a field of study did not exist. According to him, “Supply chain has not always been a crucial part of a business or a career that had a high level of importance.”

However, over his two-decade-long career at AT&T in both network sourcing and consumer supply chain management, he has noticed that his company’s competition was based on who could get their product to consumers the fastest and in the best condition.

2. The COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way the world views supply chains.

Both Petner and Buchter both came into college with different paths of study in mind. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, eureka moments struck for both of them that led them to choose to study supply chain management.

“Learning that in the past two years, the world has technologically advanced 10-15 years worth because of the stress brought on supply chains by the pandemic really connected the dots for me,” says Petner. For Buchter, it was seeing the shortage in essential goods, which challenged her to think of new potential processes to accommodate new demands. Seeing what the future would look like inspired Buchter to study supply chains in order to help improve current systems that have trouble keeping up with demand.

3. Real-world experience is important for supply chain management students and professors alike.

One area that all three participants honed in on was the importance of students gaining real-world experience working with supply chains. Petner and Buchter both stressed how much they each benefited from working hands-on in different intern programs and just by witnessing and interacting with supply chain professors.

Connolly’s real-world experience also plays a huge part in his teaching. His focus now has shifted to, as he puts it, “Tracking the way people perceive supply chains.” Connolly looks forward to teaching supply chain students with a mix of knowledge of his own experience and trends he has seen over the past few years as a professor.

Listen to the full podcast episode below or visit the episode page:

Research by Information Management Professor Featured in Wall Street Journal

Research led by Iris Junglas, Ph.D. of the College of Charleston School of Business was featured in The Wall Street Journal.

Research led by Iris Junglas, Ph.D. of the College of Charleston School of Business was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal.

Iris Junglas

Faculty at the College of Charleston School of Business make an impact by producing intellectual contributions for society at large. Many times, these contributions allow businesses to think a little differently.

Recently, a study led by Iris Junglas, Ph.D., the Noah T. Leask Distinguished Professor of Information Management and Innovation, was featured in The Wall Street Journal

In their research published in the International Journal of Information Management, Junglas and her co-researchers found increased levels of IT empowerment and higher levels of perceived performance among those who actively use consumer IT (such as personal smartphones) versus those who do not. According to Junglas:

IT empowerment is real. You can empower people with IT in the workplace.

Read the research brief in the Journal Reports: Technology section of The Wall Street Journal. 

New Faculty Research on Virtual Marketing Strategies, Stress in Distance Learning

Kelley Cours Anderson, Ph.D. and Mohamed Tazkarji, Ph.D.
Kelley Cours Anderson, Ph.D. and Mohamed Tazkarji, Ph.D.

Kelley Cours Anderson, Ph.D. (left) and Mohamed Tazkarji, Ph.D. (right)

Two new faculty members at the College of Charleston School of Business are making waves with recent research. 

Virtual Marketing Strategies 

Kelley Anderson, assistant professor of marketing, recently had her co-authored publication, “The Impact of Virtual Marketing Strategies on the Price-TOM Relation,” accepted by The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. The journal is ranked “A” by the ADBC Journal Quality List

The Role of Stress in Distance Learning 

Assistant professor of information management Mohamed Tazkarji’s paper, “Distress, Eustress, and Continuance Intentions for Distance Learners,” was recently published in the Journal of Computer Information Systems. The journal is also ranked “A” by the ADBC Journal Quality List.  

An excerpt from the abstract: 

While there has been considerable research related to distance learning, there is surprisingly little research into the role stress plays in distance learning. Therefore, in this paper, we investigated two types of stress: distress and eustress. Using a combination of stress theory and the job and demand resources theory, we developed a research model to predict distance learning satisfaction and continuance intentions. 

Read the full article.