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Operations Management with Holmes Miller, professor of business.

After years spent working with large financial institutions to develop plans to recover from every conceivable disaster, Holmes now teaches his students the skills they’ll need to compete in a global economy.

Students in his operations management class quickly learn that most businesses rarely hinge solely on a local environment. Supply chains have global perspectives; there often thousands of factors across the world that can impact the steps taken to bring a product to market.

Holmes believes a liberal arts environment like Muhlenberg is a huge advantage for students exploring jobs in businesses operating in today’s global markets.

“Being in a college like ours, just having the kind of courses we have exposes you to a strong international experience,” he says. “Our strong study abroad program and progressive outlook really assist our students in preparing for a global business world.”

“When you’re talking about a disaster plan, you’re trying to prepare for something that is relatively unlikely to occur,” he says. “Many managers have daily issues that often tie up the majority of their time and budget. In the past, many industries have put preparedness at the bottom of a priority list.”

But with an ever-expanding global economy and more recent media focus on disasters that vary from financial to natural, the focus on preparedness has never been stronger. “Even with the tendency to portray events sensationally, recent media coverage of disasters has encouraged corporations to take a closer look at the value of risk assessment.”

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