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Developing Strategic Supply Chain Leaders

This executive program from Penn State, #1 in supply chain education, helps senior executives to creatively link the diverse pieces of their supply chain systems to overall corporate strategy and business processes. Participants will learn the best practices for supply chain speed, flexibility, and competitive differentiation.

A joint venture with the Smeal College of Business' Center for Supply Chain Research. Cosponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

This program was formerly Designing and Leading Competitive Supply Chains

Enhance Your Competencies with a Supply Chain Certificate!

Program Objectives

Targeted for executives charged with design and orchestration of complex supply chain systems, participants learn practices that enhance supply chain speed, flexibility, and competitive differentiation.

    Who Should Attend

    Developing Strategic Supply Chain Leaders is designed for upper-middle and senior-level executives responsible for the development and management of logistics and supply processes strategy. Representative titles include vice president, director, or manager of logistics, purchasing, supply chains, operations, distribution, or materials management. This is a required course for those pursuing a Certificate in Supply Chain Leadership.

    Program Benefits

    You will leave Developing Strategic Supply Chain Leaders with the ability to:

    • Develop supply chain systems that are aligned with organizational strategy and create competitive advantage
    • Understand the role of strategic leaders
    • Communicate initiatives and outcomes to the executive team or boardroom
    • Compete on value-added factors other than product and price
    • Link customer needs and supplier capabilities
    • Differentiate your organization through supply chain innovation and value creation
    • Target system components for performance improvement

      This program awards 2.4 CEUs. Penn State Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available based on a standard of one unit per ten hours of classroom instruction. Upon completion of this program, each participant will be awarded a certificate for 2.4 Penn State CEUs earned.

    Program Content

    Leadership in the Networked Economy

    • The role of strategic leaders
    • The need to recognize implications of the current state of the economy
    • Implications for leaders
    • Examining the organization
    • Driving results

    Corporate and Supply Chain Strategy

    • Frameworks for achieving an integrated supply chain
    • Measuring supply chain performance relative to corporate goals
    • Designing appropriate supply chain strategies
    • Cases of effective and ineffective strategies

    Managing Global Supply Chains

    • Unique challenges of international supply chains
    • Ownership vs. management vs. control
    • The global factory, and the location of various supply chain activities
    • Cases in global supply chain operation

      Supply Chain and Financial Imperatives

      • Creating shareholder value
      • Cash flow - The basis of value
      • The supply chain role in improving:
        -Cash flow margin
        -Asset productivity
        -Growth and investment

      Aligning Supply Chains with Customer Needs

      • Supply chain innovation for customer success
      • The elusive concepts of core competency and value creation
      • Surviving and sustaining customer relationships
      • Emerging imperative for omni-channel supply chain capabilities
      • Case study on streamlining supply chain capabilities

      Suppliers and Strategic Procurement

      • Spend analysis and the value of a supply strategy
      • Categorizing and segmenting suppliers
      • Supplier risk management
      • Strategic cost management

      "As a 3PL services provider, I've become 'hyper-critical' of those in the services business. Given this, I've not seen any other program designed and executed as well as this program."
      - Mr. Glenn Andrews
      Director, Government Programs

      Lion Apparel, Inc.


      "The most significant aspects of the program for me were the interaction with peers, thought-provoking cases, and excellent takeaways for best practices and analytical tools."
      Mr. James Mathias
      Executive Vice President, Operations
      CORE Motion, Inc.

      Faculty Leaders

      We've carefully designed this program to maximize your personal and professional development. Faculty present the most current methodologies and research and also bring practical experience to each session.

      Faculty Director

      Dr. Alan Stenger, Professor Emeritus of Supply Chain Management,  Smeal College of Business, Penn State

      Faculty Leaders

      Dr. Kasra Ferdows, Heisley Family Chair & Professor of Global Manufacturing; and Co-Director, Global Logistics Research Program, Georgetown University

      Dr. Robert Handfield, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, North Carolina State University

      Dr. Chris Muscarella, Professor of Finance and the L. W. Roy & Mary Lois Clark Teaching Fellow, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

      Mr. Steve Tracey, Senior Associate Director, Center for Supply Chain Research, Penn State

      Dr. Albert Vicere, Executive Education Professor of Strategic Leadership, Faculty Director Executive MBA, Smeal College of Business, Penn State


      The program fee of $3,750 includes all instructional materials, private room accommodations, meals, break service,  and access to recreational facilities. Association member pricing applies:
      $3,650 for CSCMP members
      $3,250 for CSCR corporate sponsors


      Our enrollment coordinator will be happy to hold a seat for you in this program. A reservation does not commit you to the program until you submit the registration form online. Please call 814-865-3435.

        Related Programs

        This is a required course for those pursuing a Certificate in Supply Chain Leadership. Participants must take these two other courses to complete the Certificate:

          There is no prerequisite for attending any of these programs. An Executive Programs representative will be happy to help you select the appropriate program for your current level of responsibility.

          This program is cosponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

          Program Dates
          September 09 - 11
          Executive Education Center, University Park Campus
          March 03 - 05, 2015
          Executive Education Center, University Park Campus
          Value Creations Teams

          We support team participation to maximize the impact of content and drive change within your organization faster and more efficiently. Organizations that send three or more participants will receive significant savings. Teams also have access to the full resources of Penn State during and after the program.