Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis | Groups




Projects represent a wide range of organizations and industries. “The student project I led for AB/In-Bev was a great example of textbook knowledge applied to real-world business problems,” says Nan Yang, assistant professor of operations and manufacturing management, Olin Business School. “Being able to see inventory management in action gave me—and the student team—a broader view of the importance and applicability of inventory research.”

Through BCTIM, we tackle critical technology, information, and supply chain issues, working to find innovative solutions to operational and management challenges.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Practicum project, please contact Andy Sample at sample@wustl.edu or 314-935-5577.

Examples of our research and custom projects include:



AB/InBev "Picking & Distribution Processes:  Analysis of Hand/Automated Picking Processes"
B/E Aerospace "Park Home Analysis:  Identifying the Inventory Rollout Sequence"
Belden "The Value of VMI to Belden"
Boeing "Finding Links between Transactional Data & Shortages to Demand:  Impacts on Supply & Demand"
Edward Jones "Operational Improvements within the Onboarding Process"
Emerson "Practicum Project:  Make/Buy Strategies"
Monsanto "Inventory Management for Vegetable Seeds at Monsanto"
MSCI "Cyber Security in the Metal Industry"
Sigma Aldrich "Practicum:  Analysis & Recommendations for Global Inventory Reserve & Write-off"
2012 – 2013


"Valuation of Executive Stock Options"


"Correlation of Market Indication to Belden Revenue"



"Aerospace Forecasting Model for Improved Deliveries & Effective Inventory Management"

Edward Jones "?Process Improvement Opportunities"

Edward Jones

"Forecasting Resource Requirements"


"Order & Delivery Policies for Demand Management"
Metals Service Industry "Survey of Safety Practices in the Metals Services Industry"
Monsanto "Market Segmentation for Improved Customer Services for Supply Chain Optimization"

APL Logistics

"Managing the New Uncertainty -- Day Definite Ocean Shipments & Their Value in Handling Lead-time Uncertainty"

Anchor Packaging

"Supply Chain Reengineering and Operations Analysis"


"Development of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for a Pharmaceuticals Distribution Company"


"Assessment of Key Supplier Capabilities at Emerson"

Express Scripts Inc.


"Global Supply Chain Analysis and Industry Trends"


"Supply Chain Assessment Tool"

Renesas Technology

"Forecasting and Planning in a Semiconductor Decentralized Supply Chain"

Renesas Technology

"Capacity Expansion and Contract Design in a Semiconductor Industry"

Solutia "Product Line Complexity Analysis at Solutia"