The Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator (SCICBI) at Governors State University is one of 15 Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) hubs, a state-wide network led by the University of Illinois system. It provides resources and opportunities to students, faculty, employees of supply chain businesses, or anyone who wishes to create their own startup company in the supply chain and related sectors. With the establishment of this network, SCICBI strives to promote innovation and create economic growth for communities in its service region.
The mission of Governors State University’s Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator (SCICBI) is to promote innovation and contribute to the economic and workforce development of Chicago Metropolitan Region, through consulting, training, and other professional services to businesses and startups in supply chain/logistics and related sectors.
The following services will be provided to SCICBI clients and members:
- Faculty consulting for technology and business solutions
- Employee training and management development programs
- Various professional certificate training programs in supply chain management
- Collaborative spaces for entrepreneurs to develop their innovative ideas with support of mentors and consultants through GSU’s network
Advancing Smart Logistics project led by GSU, IIN receives $1 million NSF Engines Development Award
SCICBI receives EDA Build to Scale Program Grant
Mr. Reggie Greenwood
Director for Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator
Office Location: G-284
Before becoming the Director of the Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator, Reggie Greenwood was the Executive Director of the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation(CSEDC). At CSEDC, he developed an economic development strategy that has positioned the region to support existing and attract new logistics and manufacturing companies. The region has unparalleled rail and highway assets that he has leveraged to create working relationships with significant development companies to overcome systematic neglect of the region. To complement these logistics assets, Reggie has worked with multiple partners to develop an Integrated Education, Workforce and Economic Development Strategy. The region is experiencing multi-billion dollars of new investments related to rail and highway assets and he is a leader in revitalizing awareness of the value of a logistics focused South Suburban Airport. CSEDC offer services in industrial land redevelopment, planning for logistics infrastructure, education and workforce, organizing financial incentives, marketing, and export/import support.
He brings to this work significant experience in public economic development and private sector management of manufacturing companies. He is an entrepreneur starting public and private organizations that pursue Strategic Doing over Strategic Planning moving an idea to a minimal viable product as soon as practically possible. Prior to this public economic development position, Mr. Greenwood was a partner in a small manufacturing company and led the development of business processes that enabled the company to grow 100% and be successfully acquired by a larger firm. He studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from which he holds a M.S. Degree in City and Regional Planning-Concentration in Economic Development and a B.S. Degree in Business Administration.
Dr. Tricia Kerns, MBA, LSSBB, CLTD, SCPro
Associate Director, SCICBI
University Lecturer, Associate Director
Office Location: C3319
Dr. Tricia Kerns earned her Ed.D degree from Olivet Nazarene University with a concentration in Ethical Leadership. She has extensive management experience in various industries in operations, manufacturing, material management, distribution, warehousing and transportation along with 20+ years in the Operations/Supply Chain Management field. Her research study explored Midwest small- and medium-sized manufacturing and their ability to compete in the global economy. Dr. Kerns earned her MBA from Governors State University with a specialization in Leadership and a BA from Governors State University with a concentration in Operations Management. She also holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Purdue University and is APICS – CPIM certified (The Operations Management Association) and APICS - CLTD certified and is also a APICS CPIM & CLTD Certified Trainer. Dr. Kerns also earned a SCPro certification from CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professional) and mentors students today who elect to take this exam.
Dr. Kerns is an active member of the International Testing Committee at APICS Corporate located in Chicago. Her active term is 2017-2019 as she explores current industry material to develop and analyze examination material for the international testing that APICS utilizes globally. Dr. Kerns joined the GSU’s College of Business in August 2014 as a University Lecturer. She teaches Operations Management, Quality Management, Project management, Lean Six Sigma, as well as Business Ethics at both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as Leadership at the graduate level. Dr. Kerns is the lead advisor for our GSU Supply Chain Student Club and provides consulting opportunities for GSU Continuing Education as well as the College of Business. She continues to work with various business leaders and professional Supply Chain organizations that provide students real-life opportunities to help them advance in their career goals.
Dr. Olu Ijose
Chair, Division of Management, Marketing, & Entrepreneurship
"I am Chair of the Division of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship (MME) and Professor of Management in the College of Business. I received my Ph.D. in Labor and Human Resources with concentrations in Industrial Relations, Labor Economics and Human Resource Planning from Ohio State University 1989. I joined Governors State University in 2010.
My research interests have evolved over time, influenced by my corporate experience and over the last 7 years has been focused on global value chains, knowledge transfer and economic growth. My research has been published in journals such as Competitiveness Review, Academy of Business Research Journal of Scholastic Inquiry: Business and Journal of Developing Areas.
Greatly shaped by a need to transfer my corporate experience in companies such as Accenture and Shell to the classroom, I currently teach strategic management and international business. I am a member of the Academy of International Business, Industry Studies Association and Africa Research Group at Nottingham University, UK and have served as a reviewer for several journals and conferences in my field.
I was the inaugural director of the College of Business’s Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator and have received grants including $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Army, $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education and $95,000 from Butler County, PA (Self Employment Assistance Program). As a GSU employee, I have received a grant of $579,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Association, in conjunction with Dean Jun Zhao, $50,000 from the South Suburban Economic Growth Initiative and $90,000
(to date) from the Center for International Business Education and Research at Kelley School of Business, Indiana University."