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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.

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. Topics include:

  • Leadership in the networked economy
  • Enhancing business strategies with supply chain strategies
  • Managing global supply chains
  • Financial imperatives and the supply chain role
  • Aligning supply chains with customer needs
  • Strategic procurement and the supply side of the supply chain

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

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 the Designing and Leading Competitive Supply Chains 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. John Langley, Clinical Professor of Supply Chain Management, Director of Development for Center for Supply Chain Research, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

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

      Related Programs

      • Supply Chain Analytics covers data analysis strategies relative to the supply chain to gain a better understanding of the extent to which objectives are being achieved.
      • Transportation Operations and Sourcing covers methods to effectively manage transportation operations, source carriers and third party providers to reduce costs and improve service levels.

      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
      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.