Logistics (or distribution) is a term describing the many functions related to the movement of an item from the place where it was made or grown to the place where it is used or consumed. Logistics management is the act of supervising the movement of goods to the right place at the right time.
A typical logistics system includes customer service, demand forecasting, distribution, communications, inventory control, material handling, order processing, parts and service support, location analysis, purchasing, packaging, return goods handling, salvage and scrap disposal, traffic and transportation, and warehousing and storage. Jobs in small companies may involve all of these, while positions at large corporations may focus on only one or a few of these areas.
Students admitted to the Columbus campus are also admitted directly to the Fisher major program and the logistics management specialization.
Business Skills and Environment
Management and Human Resources
Required major courses
Advanced Logistics Management
Supply Chain Management
Selected courses in logistics management
Though internships are not required for business students, 95 percent of students registered with the Office of Career Management have some kind of internship experience before they graduate. Many students receive an offer of full-time employment from their internship employer.
Honors students majoring in business, have the option of applying for and participating in one of four Honors programs (Accounting Honors, Finance Honors, Honors Cohort, Honors Immersion) or an Honors research project. Each option provides the opportunity to graduate with a diploma designation.
Entering freshman admitted to University Honors will be invited to apply to the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program and the Business Honors Learning Community.
The Business Scholars Program is a community of talented students that participate in programs and activities designed to offer insight into business practice and environment. Business Scholars learn to understand the vital role of collaboration through teambuilding, leadership training and workshops. Additionally, Business Scholars can develop partnerships with Fisher College of Business faculty and alumni.
The field of logistics is so large that almost any business organization may be viewed as a potential employer of the logistics major. Any company that is involved in the movement of a product is involved with the logistics function. Service firms rely upon many logistics functions as well.
Graduates of the logistics management program find work in manufacturing, merchandising, transportation, warehousing or consulting firms; material handling equipment manufacturers and dealers; universities; print media (publishers/editors); communications; government/military; software/computer service firms; management/executive recruiting firms; wholesale distributors; telecommunications; and other service firms.
Logistics offers a wide variety of possible careers, including logistics or distribution management, traffic or transportation management, warehouse operations or management, material handling operations, packaging, customer service and order entry, inventory planning or control activities, management information system planning or control, purchasing and materials, production and operations, marketing or sales activities, general management, education (training/teaching), internal consulting and/or corporate research, and finance/accounting.
Beginning salaries for logistics management professionals in 2018–19 averaged $55,173 depending on applicants’ training, education and experience.
At graduation, Fisher College of Business graduates:
- will posses strong analytical and problem-solving skills to identify and critically assess problems facing contemporary businesses
- will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of human resources
- will possess a global perspective and can critically evaluate the international context a contemporary business operates in
- can identify and assess ethical issues surrounding business decisions
- are able to work effectively in a team-based environment
- can demonstrate professional deportment and effective oral and written communication skills
The Fisher College of Business undergraduate logistics management program was recently ranked sixth in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2020).
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