Full course description

Course Date:

Oct 10, 2016 - Feb 28, 2017


3 weeks


10 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate


Have you ever thought about making things better in your company? Are you an entry-level manager or entrepreneur who wants to know how the supply chain impact your business bottom lines? Every business has a supply chain in its operation. By understanding the business supply chain, employees will understand how their jobs impact supply chain performance, and how their roles in supply chains can contribute to the financial bottom lines.

This course provides assessments that allow you to demonstrate your competencies in recognizing the functions of each supply chain unit, explaining the relationships between them and their contributions to the final results. Learning resources are provided for you to review these characters of each supply chain unit and the relationships between different units and final results. These resources will assist you in completing assessments for each topic and the final project assessment.


  • Be able to recognize the characteristics and functions of supply chain units
  • Explain the relationships between these units and the connections between these units and the final products
  • Identify their companies’ supply chain and how it contributes to the financial bottom line
  • Map out the entire supply chain

Course Author

Steve Dunn, Ph.D. CPIM

Steve Dunn, Ph.D. CPIM

Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Steve teaches in UWO’s innovative Sustainability Management Minor and serves as Chair of the Finance and Business Law Department in the College of Business. He is also campus director of the Master of Science in Sustainability Management degree, a fully online program. He has also developed and teaches the supply chain management portion of the UWO Executive MBA program. Read More.

Dr. Dunn received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University’s top-ranked program in Supply Chain Management. He has worked overseas with USAID, where he developed a series on ‘Greening the Supply Chain’, and the World Resources Institute, where he participated in their Business Environment Learning and Leadership program. He has also taught in the visiting scholar program at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University in Sweden. At Idaho State University, he developed courses in Environmental Management, founded the Institute for Business and the Environment and helped design a certificate program in Hazardous Waste Management. Prior to his academic career, Steve held various analyst and managerial positions at Labatt and Heinz including plant operations manager and project manager for MRPII. Dr. Dunn is also a partner in the Sage Group, a strategic management consulting firm.

Steve’s research over the years reflects the wide variety of projects he has been involved with both academically and consulting. His 1995 article on Environmentally Responsible Logistics Systems is a seminal piece on the impact of daily organizational decision making and long term environmental impact. It was a harbinger of today’s corporate interest in sustainable lines of supply. His second book, The Green Baron (2007), is a parable about a CEO who transforms his thinking about the natural environment. His current research focuses on the supply chain/entrepreneurship interface as a model for solving seemingly intractable problems.