by Greg Creason | Jun 10, 2016

The Global Automotive Purchasing Supply Chain Network provides degreed and certificate programs for students and professionals to advance their knowledge and experience in the automotive supply chain.

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan, June 9, 2016 — The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business are collaborating on an innovative new initiative to develop talent in global automotive purchasing and supply chain management. Called the Global Automotive Purchasing Supply Chain Network (GAPSCN or “Gap-Scan”), the program helps provide community college, undergraduate, graduate, and adult continuing education curricula with real-world lecture material, automotive case studies, best practices, knowledge assessments, and standards.

“It is imperative that we accelerate the development of our next generation of global purchasing and supply chain professionals by providing them with a skillset and lexicon honed to manage the industry’s increasingly complex business challenges,” says J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG, an organization providing industry-developed standards, allied tools, emerging best practices, and training in quality, supply chain, and corporate responsibility.

“We have witnessed a strategic transformation of the automotive supply chain over the past 25 years,” says Dr. John C. Taylor, chair of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at WSU’s Mike Ilitch School of Business. “The rate of innovation in vehicle design, advanced manufacturing, and engineered materials has been truly remarkable and necessitated the creation of an unprecedented collaboration between industry and academia. We are fast-tracking future purchasing and supply chain leaders into industry assignments, saving time and expense often required to retrain entry-level professionals, and positively impacting employee retention rates.”

AIAG will provide the program with guidelines, training, and educational opportunities in areas such as global materials management, customs and supply chain security, export compliance, packaging, quality management, finished vehicle logistics, corporate responsibility, and environmental compliance. WSU will give participants access to undergraduate and graduate courses and programs, executive education, thought leadership, basic and applied research, and internships as well as international studies programs currently offered in China, Italy, Brazil, and Poland. Degree programs are available, including undergraduate majors and MBA concentrations in purchasing and supply chain management.

WSU and AIAG are also offering two Supply Chain Management non-degree courses: (1) an annual certificate program providing an in-depth understanding of global supply chain topics and issues and (2) a one-week, automotive-focused Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Seminar that prepares purchasing and supply chain executives, senior managers, and other professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to significantly improve company purchasing and supply chain management contributions to cost and overall performance.

Dr. Taylor says WSU is committed to an automotive-oriented supply chain curriculum. “Southeast Michigan has one of the biggest concentrations of supply chain professionals in the world — especially in automotive — providing unparalleled interaction between university academics and auto industry professionals. GAPCSN will enhance undergraduate learning, allow for applied academic research on automotive supply chain topics, and provide for outstanding executive education programs in supply chain.”

For more information, contact AIAG Customer Service at

About AIAG
The Automotive Industry Action Group is a unique not-for-profit organization where OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government entities, and individuals in academia have worked collaboratively for more than 30 years to drive down costs and complexity from the supply chain. AIAG membership includes preeminent manufacturers and many of their parts suppliers and service providers. Visit

About Wayne State University and Mike Ilitch School of Business
Wayne State University is a leading Carnegie 1 research institution in the heart of Detroit with 370 undergraduate and graduate programs across 13 colleges and schools. The fully AACSB accredited Mike Ilitch School of Business is home to some 3,000 undergraduate, MBA, and M.S. students with a wide range of majors. The School’s Global Supply Chain Management Program focuses on the auto/vehicle industry with seven full-time faculty and a number of industry expert adjuncts providing teaching and research expertise. The Program includes over 540 undergraduate and MBA students majoring/concentrating in supply chain management. Visit