Conferences on the broad issue of supply chain management are sponsored annually by the MMM program, in conjunction with the Management Science Research Centre (MSRC). Invited speakers share the results of their research experience and expert wisdom with students and other corporate representatives. MMM Alumni help organize these conferences, which provide graduates and current students with instructional and networking opportunities.
Current opportunities and challenges for corporations have resulted not only in the adoption of sophisticated technologies, but also the expansion of global markets, powerful changes to corporate structure, and an extremely competitive marketplace. Present-day focus is on supply chain management, lean manufacturing, six sigma, JIT, logistics and similar concepts. Such revolutionary changes have resulted in a new workplace, and companies in the contemporary economy are seeking future leaders for their operations.
As an important part of its mandate, the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University maintains strong ties with industry to ensure its programs address emerging business trends. Assisting in this goal of bringing together industry and academia are two institutional centres and three business consortia.