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Smeal College of Business

Developing Strategic Supply Chain Leaders

Nov 6—8, 2019
3 days
State College, Pennsylvania, United States
USD 3150
USD 1050 per day

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Learn how to orchestrate supply chain speed, flexibility, and competitive differentiation. Develop a more innovative supply chain and get teams throughout your organization working toward the same goals.

Program Benefits

Improve your ability to:

  • Develop supply chain systems that are aligned with organizational strategy and create competitive advantage
  • Understand the role of strategic leaders
  • Communicate initiatives and outcomes to the executive team or boardroom
  • Compete on value-added factors other than product and price
  • Link customer needs and supplier capabilities
  • Differentiate your organization through supply chain innovation and value creation
  • Target system components for performance improvement

Note: 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

Leadership in the Networked Economy

  • The role of strategic leaders
  • The need to recognize implications of the current state of the economy
  • Implications for leaders
  • Examining the organization
  • Driving results

Corporate and Supply Chain Strategy

  • Frameworks for achieving an integrated supply chain
  • Measuring supply chain performance relative to corporate goals
  • Designing appropriate supply chain strategies
  • Cases of effective and ineffective strategies

Managing Global Supply Chains

  • Unique challenges of international supply chains
  • Ownership vs. management vs. control
  • The global factory, and the location of various supply chain activities
  • Cases in global supply chain operation

Supply Chain and Financial Imperatives

  • Creating shareholder value
  • Cash flow - The basis of value
  • The supply chain role in improving:
    • Cash flow margin
    • Asset productivity
    • Growth and investment

Aligning Supply Chains with Customer Needs

  • Supply chain innovation for customer success
  • The elusive concepts of core competency and value creation
  • Surviving and sustaining customer relationships
  • Emerging imperative for omni-channel supply chain capabilities
  • Case study on streamlining supply chain capabilities

Suppliers and Strategic Procurement

  • Spend analysis and the value of a supply strategy
  • Categorizing and segmenting suppliers
  • Supplier risk management
  • Strategic cost management

Supply Chain in the Disruptive Age NEW SESSION!

  • Important elements of transformation
  • Strategies to prepare for the future
  • Implications for leadership in terms of technology, talent and customer needs
  • The future of emerging technologies in SC: mobility, digitization, automation

Value For You and Your Organization

Strategy and execution are interrelated and at the heart of a leader’s role. A good strategy—well-executed—is more productive than a brilliant strategy haphazardly executed. This program helps leaders to understand the forces of competition and the ability to plan and optimize systems and processes for advantage in the marketplace.

Who should attend

This program benefits upper-middle and senior-level leaders responsible for the development and management of supply chain strategy.

  • Global Supply Chain Director
  • Director of Sales
  • Senior Supply Chain Analyst
  • Sales & Operations Planning Manager
  • Executive Manager, Purchasing, Warehousing, and Inventories


Al Vicere is Executive Education Professor of Strategic Leadership for The Smeal College of Business at The Penn State. He holds Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees from Penn State where he served for over eleven years as the Smeal College's Associate Dean for Executive Education. He was th...
Associate Professor of Finance, Academic Director of Rogers Family Trading Room, Smeal College of Business, Penn State His teaching interests focus on corporate finance, risk management, and financial trading strategies, and his research interests are in empirical corporate finance. Prior to com...
Rob Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University, and Director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative ( He also serves as an Adjunct Professor with the Supply Chain Management Research Gro...
Steve Tracey is the current executive director for both the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) and Penn State Executive Programs, and a Professor of Practice for the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department within the Smeal College of Business. For almost three decades CSCR has succ...
Professor Glen Kreiner received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Communications and a Master's of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University. Professor Kreiner serves on the editorial boards for the Academy of Management Review, Administr...
Managing Director Crispy Concepts, LLC Heather's career spans more than 30 years in the manufacturing and transportation industries and includes experience living and working in Asia. She also held various leadership positions in procurement, logistics and marketing with Honeywell, Union Pacific...


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Nov 6—8, 2019
3 days
State College, Pennsylvania, United States
USD 3150
USD 1050 per day

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