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

A joint venture with the Penn State Smeal College of Business' Center for Supply Chain Research.

The concept of Lean is nothing new; however, applying Lean principles in an extended supply chain context is new territory for a tried and true practice. Penn State Executive Programs is now delivering this program as a "custom-only" development opportunity for organizations that want end-to-end top performance from their supply chains.

Program Objectives

Participants learn a systemic approach for applying Lean thinking to  supply chain challenges for improved work teams, elimination of waste, and speed and efficiency. Topics include:

  • Lean principles, building blocks, and value stream mapping
  • Lean and Enterprise Supply Chains
  • Rapid Replenishment industry case study
  • Simulation exercise for applied learning

Who Should Attend

Demand-Driven Supply Chains:  Using Lean Principles to Drive Innovation is designed for all managers and executives interested in improving their ability to compete in a global marketplace more effectively.  Representative titles of past participants include: vice president, director or manager of logistics, purchasing, supply chains, operations, distribution or materials management.

Program Content

Lean Thinking: Principles and Building Blocks

  • Focus on value; identify waste
  • Elements of a Lean system
  • Value Stream Mapping (VSM) and analysis
  • JIT, Jidoka, and critical Lean tools

Lean and Manufacturing

  • Extended supply chain (scope)
  • Interpretation of tools
  • Examples of Lean projects

Lean and Enterprise Supply Chains

  • Improvement within supply chain functions
  • Integrated SCM (within the enterprise)
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Collaborative product design and management

Extended Lean Across the Supply Chain

  • Lean with customers and suppliers
  • Demand planning
  • Supply sourcing and relationship management
  • Data management synchronization, visibility, and security
  • Joint opportunities for Lean
  • Customer collaboration and planned order systems

Implementing Lean in the Supply Chain

  • Effective Leadership Models for personal and organizational change
  • Relationship between logistics and customer satisfaction
  • Methodologies for measuring effectiveness

Lean Simulation

Demand-Driven Supply Chains includes a comprehensive simulation that drives home the power of an effective Lean system. Participant teams will assume the role of a prime contractor and three sub-contractors working to complete a 30-month government contract to build and deliver 15 F35V Strike Fighter Aircraft.  Completed in three distinct rounds, this unique simulation illustrates phases of an organization's transformation.

“Probably the best executive supply chain course I've ever attended. The right combination of theory, practical implementation, and test cases from industry. Incorporating speakers that have implemented these steps was valuable in understanding the importance of these tools and how to implement them in our own companies. The faculty and staff did a great job in engaging the group. I gained considerable knowledge about how Lean can positively impact supply chain.”
--Pedro Menendez
Vice President, Global Supply Chain
USG Building Systems


Faculty Directors

Mr. David Demers, Adjunct Professor, Smeal College of Business, Penn State; and Managing Director, Avicon Learning Resources

Mr. David Veech, Program Faculty Co-Director; Executive Director, Institute for Lean Systems

Faculty Leaders

Mr. Norman Aggon, Instructor of Operations & Supply Chain Management and Assistant Department Head, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Mr. Eugene Hamill, Senior Director, Customer Service and Logistics, Kraft Foods, Inc.

Mr. John Silva, Director of Electric Systems Quality, UTC Aerospace Systems Group


Custom program fees are based on a variety of factors, including  level of customization, class size, breadth of faculty, delivery location, and amenities provided.

To speak with someone about this custom program for your organization, connect with us.

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