The Supply Chain Management department's alternative thesis allows students to explore multiple areas of the supply chain field through sponsored seminars. The goal is to expose the student to research in various aspects of supply chain that they may not study during their curriculum. The author of this thesis summarizes the seminars that they attended, delving into the following topics: how social networks affect service providers, presented by Gad Allon of The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania; unauthorized subcontracting, presented by Felipe Caro of the UCLA Anderson School of Management; contract negotiation, presented by Elena Katok of the University of Texas at Dallas; and electronic compliance monitoring, presented by Bradley Staats of the University of North Carolina. The summaries include an explanation of the topic presented by the researcher, the process by which the study was conducted, an analysis of the data and results, and an in-depth look at how the research relates to the supply chain field. Additionally, in accordance with the requirements of the alternative thesis, the author also collects a research anthology of fifteen scholarly articles related to one of the seminar topics. The author chose to focus on the seminar presented by Bradley Staats and how electronic monitoring can affect hand hygiene compliance through the use of RFID in a hospital setting. The author focused their research on the three sub-topics of this seminar: business process monitoring, RFID technology, and compliance. In addition to the summaries of the seminars attended and the annotated research anthology, the author includes a note to provide insight as to why they were interested electronic process compliance monitoring for the purpose of their thesis.
- Introduction to the Sub-fields of Supply Chain Management