Date of Defense



Business Information Systems

First Advisor

Sime Curkovic, Business

Second Advisor

Robert Landeros, Business




The project identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the author's baccalaureate business education in the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University based on corporate internship experiences at Honda of America Manufacturing and Whirlpool Corporation to perform gap analysis.

Two major outcomes associated with this analysis are: 1) determine to what extent education has prepared the author for a full-time entry-level managerial position; and 2) prepare the author for the job market upon approaching graduation.

This paper is organized into five sections. First the paper describes the job responsibilities of the aforementioned internships. The second section describes the requirements of the WMU Integrated Supply Matrix Management (ISMM, ISM2) baccalaureate program, and explains the goals and objectives of the curriculum. The next section identifies which portions of the curriculum complimented the work experiences, and identifies skills that were lacking but required for the job. The fourth section compares the ISMM program at WMU with other supply chain programs around the country. The paper concludes with suggestions for improvement.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only