General Motors supports seventh annual Wayne State Supply Chain Case Competition

General Motors and the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business are welcoming some of the leading supply chain students in the world to Detroit for an in-depth look at the supply chain systems that support the automotive industry and its high-tech vehicles.

The seventh annual General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition, featuring the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV, will bring 21 university SCM programs to the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center from Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, 2017. Each school will bring a four-person undergraduate supply chain team to the competition. This year, the competition welcomes international teams from Taiwan, China, Brazil, Mexico and Poland. Domestic schools will be coming from Ohio, Colorado, Indiana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Iowa, West Virginia, Utah and Michigan. 

The program will introduce students to the issues and challenges involved in producing leading technology vehicles through a case study. Students will examine topics such as component purchasing strategy, production capacity and planning, global vs. domestic sourcing, logistics and risk management. The competition highlights Southeast Michigan’s automotive industry and supply chain management careers in the region. 

This year’s case addresses global purchasing and logistics issues related to the Chevrolet Bolt. Students will present in one of four regional rounds. Winners of each regional event will then present their original case solution – as well as responses to a slight twist in the situation – during a finals round. The teams will be presenting their recommendations to a panel of industry and academic experts during the competition portion of the program. 

For additional information, visit the GM/WSU Supply Chain Case Competition website.