Heather Scholz Lutz

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Assistant Clinical Professor

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems
Office Address 470 Business Building
Phone Number 814-867-4797
Email Address hls121@psu.edu

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Ph D, 2009

Courses Taught

SCM 301 – Sup Chn Mgt (3)
SCM 301 is an introductory course that provides an overview of key logistics and supply chain management processes, concepts, and methodologies. Emphasis is given to the framework for supply chain management, the analysis of logistics cost, and service trade-offs among inventory, transportation, and warehousing activities, the strategic role of information technology in supply chains, the use of third-party logistics providers, and the methods of measuring the value of logistics performance. Instruction is based on problem-based learning pedagogy.

SCM 594 – Research Topics (3)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

SCM 597 – Special Topics (2)
Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be tuaght in one year or semester.

SCM 405 – Mfg Svc Strat (3)
Investigates manufacturing and services strategies in supply chain networks. SCM 405 Manufacturing and Services Strategies (3)This course examines manufacturing and services strategies, with special emphasis given to quality management concepts, methods, and issues. After completing this course, students will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:  Explain the role of manufacturing or services operations from the boundary-spanning perspective of supply chain management and how supply chain management can be used as a strategic competitive advantage  Articulate how the various components of a manufacturing strategy are integrated, particularly with respect to the use of information technologies for supply chains  Effectively apply operational and quality tools useful in implementing manufacturing strategies. Individual and team assignments form the basis for evaluation. Evaluation methods include a combination of class participation, exams, "hands-on" exercises, case studies, and written assignments. This is one of three prescribed foundation courses in the Supply Chain and Information Systems major for which B A 302 "Supply Chains" is a prerequisite. The course is also an important prerequisite for the capstone course in the major, SC&IS 450 "Supply Chain Leadership."

SCM 860 – Sc Transform (4)
Strategic supply chain transformation and innovation with emphasis on (re)configuration of key capabilities to achieve competitive advantages. SCM 860 Supply Chain Transformation and Innovation (4) This course focuses on strategic supply chain transformation, innovation, and organizational change. The course examines current issues and best practices with respect to supply chain strategy; value creation through design and redesign of supply chain capabilities; transformational outsourcing; supply chain role in new product design, development, and market introduction; technology adoption; and change management. Supply chain transformation initiatives offer firms great potential for improving profitability and competitive positioning, both within the market and within the supply chain. Because sustainable competitive advantage is not found in one set of supply chain capabilities, strategic transformations must constantly assemble and reassemble the key capabilities that give the firm and its supply chain successive temporary advantages. This assembling or redesigning of capabilities chains should be an on-going process as the most significant value producing capabilities in any given industry change over time. The ability to consistently assemble the set of capabilities that produce competitive advantages is what some refer to as the ultimate core capability.After completing this course, students should have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:1. Articulate the meaning of competitive strategy in the context of transformation of supply chain capabilities chains. 2. Understand value creation through transformation of supply chain capabilities over time. 3. Identify the supply chain structure that is appropriate for various business situations 4. Examine the development of essential elements of rapid response supply chain capabilities 5. Understand the conditions under which functional activities, such as, manufacturing, product design, and new concept development, are amenable to outsourcing 6. Assess operational and strategic challenges of vertical integration and outsourcing and in particular, highlight the nature of the strategic tension created by supplier decisions to integrate vertically into capabilities previously performed by critical customers 7. Articulate the role of supply chain transformation in support of new product development 8. Identify ways to organize and lead change in organizationsThe evaluation of students is based on individual and team case study submissions, short paper and problem assignments, on-line discussion postings, and peer reviews.This prescribed course in the on-line Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management (MPS/SCM) os the capstone course taken in the second year of study that integrates previous topics.

PSU 006 – First-Year Seminar Business (1)
Facilitate student's adjustment to the high expectations, demanding workload, increased academic liberties, and other aspects of the transition to college life.

SCM 497A – Logistics Case Study Analysis (2)
This course will introduce students to the case analysis method with an emphasis on logistics. Students will learn to a) identify the type of case and the most important questions to be addressed, b) identify required information, relevant data sources an

Selected Publications

Lutz H., Hale T. S., Huq F., "Technical note: The expected length of an orderly path." Annals of Operations Research, 2019
Hale T. S., Lutz H., Huq F., "Closed Form Models for Dwell Point Locations with Turnover Based Storage Assignment Policy." International Journal of Industrial & Systems Engineering, vol. 29, no. 1, 2018, pp. 62-73
Hale T., Lutz H., Huq F., "Some more average distance results." International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research (IJMOR), 2017, www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=83189
Hale T. S., Huq F., Lutz H., Moslares C., "On the expected distance of a random walk." International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research, vol. 7, no. 3, 2015, pp. 241-250, www.inderscience.com/info/ingeneral/forthcoming.php?jcode=ijmor
Lutz H., Birou L., Kannan V., "Analysis of higher educational offerings in operations management." International Journal of Information and Operations Management Eduction, vol. 5, no. 4, 2014, pp. 297-310
Lutz H., Birou L., "Logistics Education: A Look at the current State of the Art and Science." Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, vol. 18, no. 4, 2013, pp. 4545-4667, www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1359-8546&volume=18&issue=4&articleid=17092359&show=abstract
Lutz H., Vang D. O., Raffield W. D., "Using Game Theory to Predict Supply Chain Coordination." Performance Improvement Journal, vol. 51, no. 3, 2012, pp. 19-23
Birou L., Lutz H., "First Things First for New Faculty." Decision Line, vol. January, 2010
Birou L., Lutz H., Zsidisin G., "Current State of the Art and Science: A Survey of Purchasing and Supply Management Courses and Teaching Approaches." International Journal of Procurement Management, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 71-85