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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.

Developing Strategic Supply Chain Leaders

September 20-22, 2016 and April 4-6, 2017
Hone practices that enhance supply chain speed, flexibility, and competitive differentiation. 

Achieving Supply Chain Transformation

October 4-6, 2016 and March 28-30, 2017
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 and April 25-27, 2017
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 and May 9-11, 2017
Learn common terminology, inventory methodologies, distribution concepts, and service performance tactics.

Aligning Supply Chain Organizations

October 11-12, 2016 and May 2-3, 2017
Improve supply chain performance through integrated business management and strategic partnerships.

Winning with Rapid Value Chain Innovation - NEW

October 11-13, 2016 and April 18-20, 2017
Learn how to build cross-functional teams capable of developing and executing operational projects that produce measurable improvements on end-to-end process challenges in short time windows.

Strategic Procurement and Purchasing

October 13-14, 2016 and May 18-19, 2017
Develop knowledge of basic principles in purchasing and the drivers that create competitiveness.

Forecasting and Inventory Management

November 15-16, 2016 and May 16-17, 2017
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 and June 6-7, 2017
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 and June 8-9, 2017
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 and May 4-5, 2017
Learn a “how-to” approach for using pertinent operational data to analyze and improve logistics and supply chain performance.

Building a Sustainable Supply Chain: Practical Tools for Reducing Cost and Risk - NEW

December 13-15, 2016 and May 9-11, 2017
Identify environmental and social risks and opportunities for competitive gains and integrate measures into core supply chain fundamental practices.

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.