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Industrial Engineering Students' Perceptions of the Logistics and Supply Chain Industry

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Industrial Engineering

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Michael Maloni Kennesaw State University


Elizabeth M. Boyd Kennesaw State University

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Dr. Elizabeth M. Boyd received her BS in Psychology from Central Michigan University and her MA and PhD from Michigan State University in Organizational Psychology. She is an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Kennesaw State University and serves as the Research Director for the Women’s Leadership Center at KSU.

Dr. Boyd has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, psychometrics, organizational psychology, management, and gender. Her research focuses on gender issues in organizations and the challenges people face when attempting to balance multiple life roles and goals. Her recent work has explored the effectiveness of employee resource groups for women and how work-family conflict may impact the leaky-pipeline phenomenon.

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Stacy M. Campbell Kennesaw State University

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Stacy M. Campbell is the Director of the Scholars Program and an Associate Professor of Management in the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw University. Dr. Campbell teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes on Managing Organizations, Leading & Teaming and Consulting. Her research interests include leadership and narcissism, generational differences in work values, and improving student success in online learning. Dr. Campbell’s work has appeared in the Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Human Resource Management Journal, and the Journal of Social and Personality Psychology. Her work has also been featured in Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Chronicle of Higher Education, BusinessWeek, US News & World Report, and the New York Post. Prior to her doctoral studies¸ Dr. Campbell worked as a management consultant for KPMG consulting and more recently, the Atlanta-based consulting firm, The North Highland Company, in their change management practice. She received a PhD from the University of Georgia, a M.A. in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a BBA in economics/business and psychology from Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

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A shortage of logistics and supply chain talent is a significant and growing problem in the industry. However, little research has been done to study why industrial engineering (IE) students are not entering the field in sufficient numbers. This paper addresses several questions to begin to close that knowledge gap. First, what are undergraduate IE students’ awareness of and interest in the logistics and supply chain industry? Second, what are IE students’ desired job attributes? Finally, are there differences between IE students’ responses to these questions and those of business students that would suggest a need to market to IE students differently? Data is collected from more than 1,500 undergraduate industrial engineering and business students throughout the state of Georgia. Analysis is presented for various demographics.

Maloni, M., & Boyd, E. M., & Campbell, S. M. (2016, June), Industrial Engineering Students' Perceptions of the Logistics and Supply Chain Industry Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25680

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