Holes in Supply Chain Talent Recruiting Process Cause Missed Opportunities

The demand for supply chain management talent continues to be an issue for many organizations, including consumer products and goods, transportation, manufacturing, logistics and services. As the challenge of recruiting supply chain talent continues, several Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs) have developed programs to meet these demands. HBCUs with Supply Chain Management, Transportation and Logistics programs include, Tuskegee University, Howard University, North Carolina A&T University, Alabama A&M University, Tennessee State University, Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Virginia State University and others.

There are also Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) that have these programs. These schools include Georgia State University and Clayton State University. In spite of these efforts by HBCUs and MSIs, the demand for supply chain management talent has not been met.

Several articles discuss reasons for supply chain talent issues. Reasons include the careers in procurement, logistics, supply chain management, transportation are not taken as a serious career option (Taylor, 2016; Clark, 2016), changes in qualifications in supply chain management careers (Clark, 2016), and which major should be considered for supply chain management careers (engineering, business, etc.).

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