India - Global Supply Chain, Logistics, and Analytics in India

Program Dates
Sunday, May 14, 2023 to Saturday, May 27, 2023

Bangalore, India, is referred to as the "Silicon Valley of India" or "IT capital of India" because it plays a leading role as the nation's information technology (IT) exporter. Indian technological organizations such as Infosys and Wipro, among others, are headquartered in the city. Bangalore's IT industry is divided into three main clusters – Software Technology Parks of India (STPI); International Tech Park, Bangalore (ITPB). Several companies operate in a global supply chain/logistics/analytics environment and some of them provide IT support for logistics, analytics, and global supply chain. A demographically diverse city, Bangalore is the second fastest-growing major metropolis in India. Rich in diversity and culture, it is a sought after destination for job opportunities. It is located in an elevation similar to that of Boone, about 3000 ft.

In order to provide cultural and historical experience to students, the program includes a trip to Mysore, India, one of the most prominent tourist destinations. Mysore is also known as the Palace City of India and was the old capital of the state of Karnataka before it was moved to Bangalore. The New York Times recently listed Mysore as one of the 31 must-see places on Earth for two consecutive years. We will visit few palaces and museums in the city along with the beautiful Brindavan Gardens full of several fountains. 

In addition, the program will include a trip to Ooty, located in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Ooty is located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills and it is also known as the Queen of Hill Stations. Ooty’s official name is Udhagamandalam a.k.a. Ootacamund or Udhagai. This trip will occur from May 20-21 2023, and will include visits to the botanical gardens, boating, a walking tour, tea and coffee estate, and a blue mountain train ride.



Applications will open in November. Please contact the program leader to be placed on their interest list. PLEASE FILL OUT THIS INTEREST FORM if you want to find out more!
NOTE: There is also a virtual program option during the same dates as the travel program, with no program cost! Please indicate on the interest form if that is your preference.


SCM 4530 — Global Supply Chain Logistics and Analytics - India — 3 credit hours, Pre-reqs: 84 Earned hours and a minimun of a "C" in a Writing Across the Discipline" Course.
MBA 5020 — India - International Experience — 3 credit hours

Credits (3 credit hours)

SCM 4530 - This course counts as a Supply Chain elective, an IB elective (major, approved, required or other), COB elective or upper level elective and fulfills the Global Issues requirement.

MBA 5020 - This 3 semester hour course fulfills the international requirement for the MBA program and is an elective for the international business concentration. It can also fulfil the elective requirement for MSADA Supply Chain or Interdisciplinary concentration. It can also fulfil an elective requirement for students in any graduate program.

Program Cost

Billable Program Cost: $3,252.33 (This price is an estimate and may change due to COVID-19 protocols.)
Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Student Cost: $ 700.00 
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: health/wellness ($150), personal expenses ($225), visa ($100), passport ($150), and some meals ($75).

Program Leaders

Lakshmi Iyer, Ph.D. | 
Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs & Research
L.M. Baker Jr. Partners in Excellence Professor of IS

Lakshmi Iyer is Acting Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research and Professor of Information Systems at the Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University. Her research interests are in the area of emerging technologies & its impact on organizations and users, and social inclusion in computing. Dr. Iyer has been involved in community engaged outreach and scholarship that furthers the role of underrepresented students in STEM. She is the founder and Director of the “Innovate for Good”, an outreach program for students to increase their awareness about education and career paths in computing.

Dr. Dinesh Davè
Director & Professor of Supply Chain Management

Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management

Dr. Dinesh S. Davè is serving as the Director & Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management in the John A. Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. He served as the Chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems & Supply Chain Management and the Director of Center for Business Research, and held the Beroth Oil Four Brothers Professorship. His teaching and research activities have been in the areas of Supply Chain/Operations Management, Quantitative Methods & Techniques, Analytical Models, Business Statistics, Lean Six-Sigma Quality Management, and Information Technology.

Application Process

  1. In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact one of the program leaders and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
  2. When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from the Office of International Education and Development with a link to the application and further instructions.
  3. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted it and paid the $300 deposit fee. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.
Students not eligible for this program who want to participate should contact the program leader to ask if accommodations can be made.
Eligible Groups: 
Appalachian undergraduates
Undergraduate business majors
MBA students
Appalachian graduate students
All faculty-led programs fulfill the Global Issues Requirement and can fulfill a COB elective or free elective. Be sure to speak with your academic advisor to see how a specific faculty-led program will fit into your program of study.
International Business
MBA 5020 
MBA International Business Concentration
Supply Chain Management
MSADA Supply Chain Management Concentration
MSADA Interdisciplinary Analytics Concentration