Achieving Supply Chain Transformation

Smeal College of Business

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  • 4 days
  • online

Smeal College of Business


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Who should attend

This program benefits those in a senior management or executive role responsible for supply chain oversight. Titles of participants have included:

  • Senior Program Manager
  • Director, Supplier Operations
  • Principle Project Analyst
  • Strategic Planning and Communications
  • Senior Planner/Buyer
  • Vice President, Growth Management & Planning
  • Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Operations for North America

About the course

From business strategy formulation to supply chain design and execution, this program provides operating models and tools for supply chain transformation resulting in improved organizational performance and positive financial results. Learn how to weigh priorities for innovation and strike a balance of trade-offs to optimize the supply chain. Throughout the session, participants will develop personal leadership goals and identify means toward implementation.

Program Benefits

Improve your ability to effectively:

  • Analyze and use different strategies of supply chain optimization
  • Connect supply chain design to business strategy and financials
  • Build resiliency into supply chains to prepare for uncertainty
  • Weigh trade-offs when implementing supply chain transformation

This program awards 2.4 CEUs. Penn State Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available based on a standard of one unit per ten hours of classroom instruction.

Program Content

Connecting Supply Chain Strategy to Business Imperatives

  • In what markets should we compete?
  • How do we grow our business?
  • How can supply chains be designed to drive business results?

Dimensions of High-Performing Supply Chain Operating Models

  • What makes different supply chain models tick?
  • Which strategies and capabilities can we deploy?
  • How can we use models to accelerate profitable business performance

Supply Chain Leadership Transformation: An Executive’s Perspective

  • What does transformational leadership look like?
  • Which leadership traits are best for various stages of business maturity?

Building Resilience in Supply Chains

  • Manage complexity in supply chains
  • Create plans to handle disruptions

Transformation or Change Management: Is There a Difference?

  • Is transformation an effort or a skill?
  • What’s the difference between managing change and leading transformation?

Assessing Your Personal Leadership

  • Are you ready and able to drive supply chain transformation?

Case Study and Experiential Learning

  • Test what you have learned in real-world scenarios

Value For You and Your Organization

Supply Chain Transformation is a core competency which embraces a systems approach for continuously improving supply chain performance and optimizing both customer and shareholder value. This course highlights a number of important concepts for leaders to consider during major change efforts within the supply chain.


Susan Purdum

Susan B. Purdum is a faculty instructor in supply chain management in the Smeal College of Business for Penn State University. Prior to her move into full-time instruction, Ms. Purdum served Penn State’s Center for Supply Chain Research for 12 years. Her most recent position was Administrative D...

Michael Gray

Mike has been a Faculty Leader with Penn State Executive Programs for over a decade. He has a passion for simply explaining complex systems and helping people understand the importance of a well managed supply chain - he takes every opportunity to teach, mentor and coach. He is also actively enga...

Mary Leonard

Vice President/Transportation & Operations, RR Donnelley A Chicago native, Mary Leonard received her Bachelor of Science degree, in Finance, from DePaul University. Upon graduation she joined FedEx Express. During her tenure with FedEx, Mary held a variety of positions including Finance Anal...

William Pagonis

Vice Chairman GENCO Supply Chain Solutions When it comes to expertise in logistics and overall leadership in management of very complex projects and organizations, few people are better qualified than Gus Pagonis, a retired three-star U.S. Army General. Lieutenant General Pagonis is widely reco...

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