Full course description

Course Date:

Oct 24, 2016 - Feb 28, 2017


3 weeks


10 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate


An experienced supply chain manager must ensure the quality and efficiency of the supply in his or her business. This course uses assessments that will demonstrate your competency in analyzing and improving business supply chains. Learning resources are provided to help you evaluate your business supply chain and propose an improved business plan. In the final project, you will be asked to use the tools introduced in this verified competency to create maximum impact on your business supply chain. A qualified assessor will use a rubric to grade your final project and provide feedback.


  • Measure business supply chain quality.
  • Measure business supply chain efficiency.
  • Assess improvement plan.

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.