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For nearly a decade, the Department of Management has increased its focus on experiential education through the inclusion of client-based projects in its Human Capital Metrics and Global Strategic Sourcing courses. More than 700 students have gained real consulting experience, completing more than 180 analytical consulting projects with nearly 90 different clients under the banner of "Crunchtime." To provide students with an opportunity to work closely with their client, Crunchtime creates teams of 3–5 students for each consulting engagement.

Global Strategic Sourcing (Supply Chain)

Global Strategic Sourcing is a senior-level course that integrates outsourcing decisions, strategic sourcing, value/cost analysis, supplier selection and management, and negotiations with other supply chain areas, most notably, global logistics, inventory management and supplier quality. An integral part of the course curriculum is an applied project where teams of students work with local, regional and national private and public organizations to analyze current purchasing and supply chain issues.

These projects provide real-world experience and sharpen students' understanding of the role sourcing and supply chain management plays within the firm. The participating companies benefit from gaining an outside, unbiased, evaluation and alternate solutions to an existing business problem.


Dr. Bryan Ashenbaum, Management (513) 529-8013

Global Strategic Sourcing Project Clients

  • Avery Dennison
  • Cardinal Health
  • CareSource
  • Chrysler
  • Cintas
  • City of Dayton
  • Clopay
  • Crown Equipment
  • DRS Technologies
  • Kraft Foods
  • Limited Brands
  • Reynolds and Reynolds
  • Standard Textile
  • Total Quality Logistics

Human Capital Metrics

Human Capital Metrics is designed for students interested in careers in general management, consulting or human resource management. The course blends classroom work with "client" interaction, allowing students to explore how various aspects of human resources can be quantified and connected to other measures of organizational performance. Most projects involve collecting and analyzing data and providing recommendations based on that analysis. Some clients have already collected the relevant data and provide it to the students. Other projects involve student-collected data, including surveys, interviews or focus groups. The projects are designed to meet class educational objectives and help solve an actual business problem for the client.


Dr. Rhett Brymer, Management (513) 529-4320
Dr. Joseph Rode, Management (513) 529-4231

Human Capital Metrics Project Clients

  • Macy's
  • United Airlines
  • Cintas
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • General Electric
  • E.W. Scripps
  • Nestle
  • Emerson Climate Technologies
  • The Kroger Company
  • Great American Insurance
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Intercontinental Hotel Group
  • Aon Corporation
  • Plastic Moldings Corporation
  • Schneider Electric
  • City of Dayton