Enabling Emerging Leaders to Develop Real-World Health System Supply Chain Solutions

Students from the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee, Knoxville participated in a case competition to design real-world solutions that achieve “vein-to-vein” tracking and traceability of blood products from donors to recipients. The case developed by WIN, in collaboration with the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and the Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health (SCAN Health), challenges students to create implementable solutions to optimally integrate the CBS supply chain with hospital processes to increase patient safety. A current challenge for blood services organizations world-wide.

“This real-world case provides young leaders from business schools a terrific opportunity to test their abilities to develop innovative supply chain strategies to improve the healthcare system,” explains Dr. Conway, Board President, SCAN Health and former Dean, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor.

The competition builds essential new knowledge and supply chain leadership capacity needed by our global health systems to improve patient outcomes, performance and sustainability.

“We are grateful to Dr. Snowdon for the design of this business case and we are very impressed by the leadership of Dr. Bradley and the Haslam College of Business for choosing this important learning opportunity,” says Dr. Graham Sher, CEO, CBS. “We are excited by the incredible solutions that have been generated by such a talented group of students.”

The students’ proposals were judged by an esteemed panel including: Dr. Allan Conway, Board President, SCAN Health and former Dean, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor; Dr. Graham Sher, CEO, CBS; and Dr. Anne Snowdon, Academic Chair, WIN and Scientific Director & CEO, SCAN Health.