Complexity in Global Supply Chains

Supply Chain Leaders Forum connects leading supply chain professionals with academics twice a year to discuss business challenges organizations must address to remain competitive. These forums are uniquely formatted to drive purposeful discussion and to seek commonalities in business practice. Themes from prior leader forums include supply chain visibility, customization, flexibility, transformation, strategy, Lean/Six Sigma, globalization, environmental sustainability, integration, synchronization, emerging technology, and talent development.

Fall 2017 Supply Chain Leaders' Forum
October 11-12, 2017

Globalization, has created a plethora of opportunities for corporations as they expand into new markets. However, the depth and breadth of connectivity and inter-dependencies created from globally inter-weaved, multi-layered networks of partners, suppliers, regulators, service providers and customers also creates significant new challenges and added complexities for supply chains. The Fall 2017 Supply Chain Leaders’ Forum: Complexity in Global Supply Chains explores the different complexities that global supply chains encounter and how to address those challenges so that companies can keep their supply chains running efficiently and cost effect.  Join us October 11-12, 2017, for this highly interactive forum to share successes, challenges and brainstorm game-changing ideas navigating supply chain intricacies in today's global environment.
We are very pleased that Dr. Fariborz Ghadar, William A. Schreyer Professor of Global Management, Policies and Planning, Director of the Smeal College of Business’s Center for Global Business Studies, and a Senior Scholar at The Center for Strategic and International Studies, will frame our day-and-a-half forum presenting Globalization vs. Nationalization – Bewildering Logistical Implications.  Dr. Ghadar is a renown authority on future business grades, global economic assessment, international finance and banking, and global corporate strategy and implementation.
General sessions and breakout discussions:

  • Complexity in the Chemical Logistics Industry, Mr. David Veira, COO, CLX Logistics
  • How 3PLs & 4PLs are Successfully Addressing Supply Chain Complexity, Armada
  • Managing Product Returns in Retail and B2B Settings, Dr. Aydin Alptekinoglu, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain & Information Systems, Robert G. Schwartz University Endowed Fellow in Business Administration,  Research Director, Center for Supply Chain Research™
  • Impact of 3D Printing on Spare Parts Logistics,  Dr. Yue Zhang, Assistant Professor, Supply Chain & Information Systems
  • Blockchain
  • Internet of Things

Forum registration, travel and accommodations information can be accessed by this link.

Twice a year the Center for Supply Chain Research™ sponsors an invitation-only, issues discussion program called the Supply Chain Leaders Forum intended for mid to senior level supply chain managers and executives. Its purpose is to foster peer-to-peer discussions of current issues dealing with logistics and supply chain management and to seek commonalities in business practice. Themes from prior Supply Chain Leaders' Forums include; visibility, transformation, strategy, Lean/Six Sigma, globalization, sustainability, emerging technology, integration, synchronization, talent development, omni-channel, security, risk mitigation, and data analytics.

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