Pedagogy and Professional Development

From Learning Objectives to Project Debriefing: Collaborating with Industry Partners to Develop a Multi-Assignment Sourcing Case

Authors
  • Elena E Karpova orcid logo (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
  • Narmin Nasibli (The University of North Carolina Greensboro)
  • Tim Pickett
  • Farhan Haque (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to document and share the process of developing, delivering, and evaluating a learning experience to (1) help apparel students understand the responsibilities and tasks of sourcing professionals and (2) enhance their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. This case was developed in collaboration with a leading US sock producer. The goal was to offer a real-world learning experience and the opportunity for students to apply knowledge and practice sourcing an apparel product for a retail customer over a specified timeframe. The case was implemented in a Global Sourcing course. The case consisted of (1) a self-graded quiz over the industry terms used in the case; (2) several individual and team assignments; and (3) a final team presentation to explain and justify developed sourcing strategy. The case provided an opportunity for students to practice knowledge and skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Keywords: sourcing strategy, case, industry collaboration, sock production, factory

How to Cite:

Karpova, E. E., Nasibli, N., Pickett, T. & Haque, F., (2024) “From Learning Objectives to Project Debriefing: Collaborating with Industry Partners to Develop a Multi-Assignment Sourcing Case”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.17222

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Published on
25 Jan 2024
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