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Experiential Learning


For nearly a decade, the Department of Management has increased its focus on experiential education through the inclusion of client-based projects in its Human Capital Metrics and Global Strategic Sourcing courses. More than 700 students have gained real consulting experience, completing more than 180 analytical consulting projects with nearly 90 different clients under the banner of “Crunchtime.” To provide students with an opportunity to work closely with their client, Crunchtime creates teams of 3 – 5 students for each consulting engagement.


Dr. Byron Finch (513) 529-3159

Human Capital Metrics

Global Strategic Sourcing is a senior-level course that integrates outsourcing decisions, strategic sourcing, value/cost analysis, supplier selection and management, and negotiations with other supply chain areas, most notably, global logistics, inventory management and supplier quality. An integral part of the course curriculum is an applied project where teams of students work with local, regional and national private and public organizations to analyze current purchasing and supply chain issues.

These projects provide real-world experience and sharpen students’ understanding of the role sourcing and supply chain management plays within the firm. The participating companies benefit from gaining an outside, unbiased, evaluation and alternate solutions to an existing business problem.

Global Strategic Sourcing has completed projects for many well-known companies, including: Avery Dennison, Cardinal Health, CareSource, Chrysler, Cintas, City of Dayton, Clopay, Crown Equipment, DRS Technologies, Kraft Foods, Limited Brands, Reynolds & Reynolds, Standard Textile, and Total Quality Logistics.


Dr. Bryan Ashenbaum (513) 529-8013

Craft Brewery Field Study

The Supply Chain Craft Brewery Field Study is a winter term program designed specifically for Supply Chain Management students interested in the Supply Chain processes associated with the rapidly evolving U.S. brewing industry. The program, developed and led by Prof. Rocky Newman, explores industry leaders and suppliers in three major US brewery centers: the rocky mountain area (Denver, Golden, and Fort Collins CO), the northwest (Portland and Bend OR, Seattle WA.) and the growing eastern corridor (Ashville NC).


Dr. William Newman (513) 529-8013

Management Outreach and Development

The Department of Management of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University offers a variety of training and development workshops, presentations, and programs for businesses, government agencies, and organizations. Through our Management Outreach and Development Office you can tap into the expertise of a nationally ranked business school and award-winning faculty to bring their expertise and teaching prowess right to your organization.


Dr. Byron Finch (513) 529-3159