Posted onNovember 17, 2016
Organizations are hiring few employees with supply chain degrees, yet lack policies that promote training and career development
What challenges are organizations facing when trying to recruit supply chain professionals? In June 2013, APQC embarked on its Recruiting and Developing Talent in the Supply Chain study to investigate leading organizations’ talent management practices and discover what organizations are doing to fill talent gaps and develop new supply chain professionals. Managing talent within the supply chain discipline is a critical issue that has become of great interest to senior level executives in many organizations. This is increasingly true as supply chain becomes a more strategic function within the enterprise and many senior supply chain professionals prepare to retire.
As part of its study, APQC collected survey responses from 167 organizations that represented more than 40 different industries. The survey results reveal that organizations are hiring few employees with supply chain degrees and that many organizations lack policies that encourage training and career development for supply chain employees.
Supply Chain Degrees
In a June 2013 article in The Wall Street Journal, writer Melissa Korn highlighted the demand for supply chain talent and described how universities are attempting to meet it by offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in supply chain management. Almost half of the participants in APQC’s survey report that 25 percent or more of their new hires have supply chain management degrees (Figure 1). Twenty-three percent have less than 5 percent of new hires with degrees in supply chain. Nineteen percent indicate that 26 to 50 percent of their new hires have supply chain degrees. While universities may be offering supply chain programs, many organizations are not hiring people with these degrees, which may have to do with organizations valuing hands-on and on-the-job training.