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Developing Strategic Supply Chain Leaders

A joint venture with the Penn State Smeal College of Business' Center for Supply Chain Research. Co-sponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

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Program Objectives

Created for executives charged with the design and orchestration of complex supply chain systems. You will 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 Professional 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."
        - 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." 
        - James Mathias, Executive Vice President, Operations, CORE Motion, Inc.


        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:
        $3,675 for CSCMP members
        $3,000 for CSCR corporate sponsors

        Active military personnel, PSU alumni, and teams of three or more attending this program from one company are eligible for a 20% program discount. 


        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 Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Leadership. Participants must take these two other courses to complete the Certificate:

            Programs may be taken in any order over any period of time. An Executive Programs representative will be happy to help you select the appropriate program for your current level of responsibility.

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