All about the supply chain: John Hopkins, business lecturer and researcher

All about the supply chain: John Hopkins, business lecturer and researcher

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John Hopkins is a supply chain and logistics management expert. He lectures and researches two topics: traffic congestion from a business perspective and the skills and competencies in the procurement profession.

"Every business in the world, no matter what it is, whether you're making things, whether you're delivering service, you have a supply chain that enables you to do it," he says.

John is building the Supply Chain and Logistics Management unit from the ground up. “We only have one course,” he says, but he has plans to grow. Business is an important area for innovation in Australia, with possibilities to contributing to job and economic growth.

“My first job was as an apprentice for General Motors,” he says. It was a dream to work with cars since childhood. “But once I’d been there and I’d evolved and had a bit more experience, I became a lot more interested in the business side of things and how cars were made and how they were shipped around.”

John’s interest in the skills and competencies in the procurement profession also stems from a long-term view of our everyday work-life expectancy. “We’re going to be working until we’re 70 now in Australia.”

In John’s view, online skills will play a big part in his own and others careers.

“Swinburne seemed to be one of the best prepared universities to move into that space and do good things with online learning.”

Quality online learning and opportunities to grow knowledge of supply chain and logistics attracted John to a job at Swinburne.