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Supply Chain Management at EBS

Towards the end of my first semester in the MBA program, I was asked to choose between two different concentrations – Finance or Supply Chain Management (Operations).

Supply Chain Management at EBS is offered by the Supply Chain Management Institute (SMI). They have a ties with the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (IIMB) and run courses focused on India and on emerging markets. SMI works very closely with various corporations.

I chose Supply Chain Management because I come from the manufacturing industry with a Mechanical Engineering background and already had a feel for operations management. I always liked supply chain and logistics networks and looked at it to understand how they were designed and managed. I also used to look at the rail/tram network designs of a city, more so, after coming to Germany. Together with my mathematical bend of mind, liking for numbers and computers, it made perfect sense for me to choose Supply Chain Management. It will also broaden my job choices after I complete my studies at EBS.

As part of my coursework, I am currently taking Advanced Concepts in Supply Chain Management, Financial Supply Chain Management, and Management Information Systems. From a practical standpoint, I am currently doing project work with Danone Waters Deutschland GmbH on supply chain network design with a focus on optimizing costs.

(PS) I do like finance and am currently planning to do my MBA thesis by linking both finance and supply chain management.


EBS Bachelor Blogger: Maike

Hey everyone,

My name is Maike and I started my Bachelor studies in General Management at the European Business School in September 2008. I am currently in my second year at EBS where my focus is on business languages, particularly Spanish. In January 2010 I will be going to Spain for my semester abroad.

I came to the EBS from Hamburg, in the north of Germany, where I was born and where I lived for most of my life. However, the last two years of secondary school I spent in a boarding school in England. I was 16 when I went to the small village of Worksop, located at the northern edge of the Sherwood Forrest. It was an interesting experience living in a different country, meeting new people and being without my parents. Over my two years abroad in England I became a lot more independent, learned very much about myself and got to know another culture. One of the most interesting things about being abroad was being a foreigner and a stranger in a new land, specifically entering a new environment, realising how many differences there were and, by the end of my time there, managing to fit in. The year after I graduated from school I took a gap year where I did some internships and was a leader on an interchange with children from Colombia.

Although I have been at the EBS for nearly one and a half years now, it feels like a lot longer because so many things have happened. EBS expects a high level of academic excellence, which takes up a lot of my time, but there are several other non-curricular activities I enjoy as well. I have attended numerous congresses and was able to help organize some of those events, have had many opportunities to meet and listen to the talks of representatives of a number of companies, have participated in competitions, and have enjoyed spending time with new friends.

This was a first brief insight into my life, and I hope I will be able to give you some interesting information about the EBS in general and my study program, as well as a few cultural insights from my own experiences.

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