A distinctive feature of the Michigan Ross MSCM experience is the Paid Consulting Project. For 14 weeks, you work on location for a global company to solve a real supply chain issue. You’ll apply your knowledge in high-profile projects, working with other fellows in the Tauber Institute for Global Operations from our Full-Time MBA Program, and U-M’s College of Engineering.

The Paid Consulting Project puts you in a high visibility role at the sponsor company and gives you the opportunity to make an impact. In 2013, recommendations made by summer project teams are projected to save the companies about $500 million — an average of $14 million per project.

Within two weeks of our project's completion, the company disseminated our 76-page report, and a variety of people inside the company set up a research group, a development group, and a commercialization group to start implementing some of the suggestions we made. The project was a great experience and gave me great insight into areas of business I'd never worked in before. —Jim Beaver, MSCM ’12

Just as important, you’ll interact with top-level executives and make connections that will open doors down the road. This interaction is a game-changer and has paid dividends for our alumni. The work experience and connections give you a big leg up on the competition when you hit the job market.

As for the pay, you can earn up to $25,000 for the summer, based on background and previous work experience.

You’ll finish the experience by competing in the annual Spotlight! event, sponsored by the Tauber Institute. Each team presents its results to an audience of corporate executives, students, alumni, and faculty. Industry judges evaluate the projects based on scope, implementation, impact, and presentation skills. Winning teams receive stipends to offset their tuition.

2014 Michigan Ross MSCM Projects

3M

St. Paul, MN

Boeing Fabrication

Salt Lake City, UT

BorgWarner Emissions

Ludwigsburg, Germany

BorgWarner Transmission

Chicago, IL

BorgWarner Turbo

Rzeszow, Poland

Cardinal Health

Dublin, OH

ConAgra

Omaha, NE

Cummins

Columbus, IN

Emerson

Houston, TX

Ford

Dearborn, MI

GM GPSC

Warren, MI

GM Tooling

Detroit, MI

GM Vertical Integration

Detroit, MI

Grainger

Lake Forest, IL

Kostal Logistics

Queretaro, Mexico

Masco

Ann Arbor, MI

Sunset

Livonia, MI

Verizon Wireless

Basking Ridge, NJ

Examples of Projects
Check out brief summaries of some past Summer Projects.

  • Ametek Inc. – San Diego, Calif. The Tauber team performed a make-versus-buy analysis and compared different sourcing options to position Ametek to leverage a significant cost-saving opportunity. Students built a cost model and identified the true cost for sourcing and manufacturing the product. Then they evaluated suppliers based on factors such as cost and supply chain risk. The team also recommended and initiated Ametek’s transition to a new supply chain configuration and developed a risk mitigation and implementation plan.

  • Aramex International – Amman, Jordan Aramex needed a concise, effective set of key performance indicators (KPIs) to provide instant, easy visibility into the current state of its operational processes. Tauber students proposed a new set of KPIs for operational processes and customer relationship management, performed a gap analysis against existing KPIs and industry benchmarks, and recommended criteria for a dashboard implementation. Additionally, using value stream mapping, students presented an implementation plan for efficiency improvement in ground operations.

  • Hallmark Cards Inc. – Kansas City, Mo. Hallmark tasked its Tauber team with developing strategies to achieve a lean supply chain. The goal was to reduce lead time, inventory levels, discards, and total cost while increasing revenue potential and inventory turns. The team’s recommendations included ordering for demand during lead time, reducing make-ready costs, creating cells in pre-production, and reducing estimated spoilage. The team also suggested new metrics of supply chain cycle time, total supply chain cost, order variance, and stock-outs.

  • Intel Corp. – Chandler, Ariz. Intel’s team of Tauber students incorporated the company’s existing metrics for responsiveness, reliability, and cost into an agility measurement capable of operating at the product level. This gives Intel a holistic assessment of past supply chain performance as well as an interpretive tool to evaluate future scenarios. Intel will use the tool to evaluate the tradeoffs among cycle time reductions, strategic inventory positioning, and customer service levels to improve its supply chains.

  • Ryder System Inc. – Novi, Mich. Tauber students studied current inventory analysis capabilities at Ryder, met with internal experts to understand their vision of a new service, and interviewed existing Ryder clients to understand their needs. Based on these studies, the team designed an inventory analysis tool for inbound components at a warehouse or plant. They also developed a market entry strategy for the service that is expected to generate additional revenue from current accounts.

  • Steelcase Inc. – Grand Rapids, Mich. To help Steelcase drive lean principles through the extended value stream, the Tauber team evaluated options for improving flow and eliminating waste. The team focused on production schedule leveling, layout of distribution facilities, and options for product shipping. They made several recommendations and also created a decision tool for determining which products would be good candidates for partially assembled shipment to minimize the amount of shipped air.