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Supply Chain Management

Ranked No. 1 for the third time as a leader in supply chain education, the Penn State Smeal College of Business Supply Chain and Information Systems Department covers this boundary-spanning field of study through top-ranked degree programs, world-renowned faculty expertise and research, and corporate connections with top companies and supply chain practitioners.

Our non-credit, professional development programs are presented in partnership with the Center for Supply Chain Research and utilize this vast resource of supply chain knowledge and practice for faculty and content.

By attending multiple supply chain programs, you can earn a Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Operations, Management, or Leadership.  Learn more about our certificate opportunities.

Attend back-to-back sessions and receive a $500 discount on each of the two programs!

Developing Strategic Supply Chain Leaders

September 20-22, 2016
Hone practices that enhance supply chain speed, flexibility, and competitive differentiation. 

Achieving Supply Chain Transformation


October 4-6, 2016
Employ a unique step-by-step methodology of adaptive supply chain management for innovation and transformation.

Processes and Tools for Supply Chain Success

October 18-20, 2016
Discover tools and techniques to define, analyze, and implement improvements for each major function within the supply chain through the lens of the Supply-Chain Operations Reference (SCOR®) Model.

Essentials of Supply Chain Management

September 13-15, 2016
Learn common terminology, inventory methodologies, distribution concepts, and service performance tactics.

Aligning Supply Chain Organizations

October 11-12, 2016
Improve supply chain performance through integrated business management and strategic partnerships.

Strategic Procurement and Purchasing

October 13-14, 2016
Develop knowledge of basic principles in purchasing and the drivers that create competitiveness.

Forecasting and Inventory Management

November 15-16, 2016
Inventory management may be the most important "lever" in the supply chain area that can affect overall corporate profitability. This program strengthens the understanding of foundational concepts and the contextual knowledge to drive improvements.

Fulfillment Operations Management

November 17-18, 2016
Acquire a primary understanding of fulfillment operations from forecasting thru delivery. Beyond basic terminology and underlying processes, you'll learn best practices for effective fulfillment management.

November 3-4, 2016
Learn common terminology and methods to effectively manage transportation operations, source carriers, and third party providers to reduce transportation cost and maintain or increase service levels.

Introduction to Supply Chain Analytics

November 1-2, 2016
Learn a “how-to” approach for using pertinent operational data to analyze and improve logistics and supply chain performance.

Demand-Driven Supply Chains:  Using Lean Principles to Drive Innovation

In a "custom-only" delivery format, participant organizations learn a systemic approach for applying Lean thinking to  supply chain challenges for improved work teams, elimination of waste, and speed and efficiency.