The University of Tennessee's supply chain management program has more than thirty full-time faculty members from six departments across the College of Business Administration. They are among the world's leaders in research and teaching about key challenges in the discipline, including internal functional integration, collaboration with external partners, global network design, process improvement, integration of demand and supply processes, risk management, social network theory, and sustainability.
The Global Supply Chain Institute's broad interdisciplinary perspective brings together the best of rigorous academic research and ongoing industry involvement. The Institute's interactions with a wide range of top corporations help to guide UT's scholarly efforts. The Supply Chain Forum alone includes nearly fifty sponsoring companies, with more than 150 executives at each gathering. Through extensive education activities, including degree and executive education programs, UT's faculty interact with dozens of firms every year, whose problems drive much of the research.