Eli Broad College of Business

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Leverage Logistics, Purchasing, Operations & Market Channels in Your Global Supply Chain!

The coordination and integration of functions across the supply chain is more important than the individual functions themselves. This is especially true in a global supply chain. Supply chain executives in organizations across industries have enjoyed increased sales and an improvement of overall performance from globalization efforts in recent years. As global supply chains increase their reach and complexity, the demand for professionals with the capabilities and skills to manage them will continue to increase.

In this 100% online course, you’ll learn how to coordinate and integrate your global logistics, purchasing, operations and market channel strategies. You’ll apply the global supply chain management framework, exploring the implications of industry globalization drivers for supply chains. Using globalEDGE™, the expansive research tool created by the International Business Center at MSU, you’ll learn how to retrieve relevant international business and trade data. You’ll also learn how to use globalEDGE’s diagnostic tools, including Company Readiness to Export (CORE) and International Partner Selection (PARTNER), among others, to assess company strengths and weaknesses to assist you in making strategic market channel partnership decisions.

What You’ll Learn

Establishing a Global Supply Chain Strategy

  • Insight into global trade and global supply chains
  • Expertise in emerging markets and global supply chains
  • Best practices for strategic global supply chain management
  • How to integrate global supply chain functions
  • Strategic benefits of global supply chains

Implications of Industry Globalization Drivers for Supply Chains

Ways to identify key market global drivers * Knowledge of how market globalization drivers influence supply chains * Exploration of the declining role of governments as producers and customers, and how their new role adds value for global supply chains * How competitive globalization drivers better facilitate global supply chains * The influence of competitive globalization drivers, including the increase in world trade levels, increased “born-global” companies and the growth of global networks.

Evaluating Global Supply Chain Infrastructure

  • Analysis of transportation, communication, utilities and technology infrastructure
  • Supply chain security, risks and value
  • Legal considerations, international contracts and insurance issues
  • Commercial documents and customs clearance
  • International commerce terms (incoterms)

Leveraging Logistics in Global Supply Chains

  • How to design a global logistics strategy
  • Managing global inventory
  • Global packaging and materials handling
  • Understanding of global distribution centers
  • Ocean, air, land and intermodal transportation

Purchasing in Global Supply Chains

  • Key elements of a global purchasing strategy
  • How to move from international to global purchasing
  • Types of global purchasing strategies
  • Strategies for outsourcing and offshoring
  • Selecting suppliers and designing global supplier networks

Maximizing Operations in Global Supply Chains

  • How to create a global operations strategy
  • Strategic make or buy decisions in global supply chains
  • Total cost analysis in global supply chains
  • Process-based quality standards
  • Comprehension of the Supply Chain Operations Reference Model
  • Using a first-party logistics (1PL), 2PL, 3PL, 4PL, 5PL supplier

Managing Market Channels in Global Supply Chains

  • Creating a global market channels strategy
  • Customer value-creating global processes
  • International market entry modes
  • Expertise in international wholesaling, retailing and franchising
  • How to go global online
  • Using globalEDGE diagnostic tools for global market channel partners

Managing Global Supply Chains

  • Value of managing global supply chains
  • Coordination mechanisms in global supply chains
  • Inter-organizational relationships in global supply chains
  • Knowledge of stakeholders and global supply chain sustainability
  • Guidelines for managing global supply chains


8 Week Course

Global Strategy & Global Supply Chain Management

  • Welcome to the Intriguing World of Global Supply Chain Management
  • Global Trade & Global Supply Chains
  • Emerging Markets & Global Supply Chains
  • Strategic Global Supply Chain Management
  • Locating Global Activities
  • Important Definitions & Distinctions
  • Integration of Global Supply Chain Functions
  • Strategic Benefits of Global Supply Chains

Industry Globalization Drivers’ Implications for Supply Chains

  • Market Globalization Drivers
  • Market Globalization Drivers’ Implications for Supply Chains
  • Cost Globalization Drivers
  • Cost Globalization Drivers’ Implications for Supply Chains
  • Government Globalization Drivers
  • Government Globalization Drivers’ Implications for Supply Chains
  • Competitive Globalization Drivers
  • Competitive Globalization Drivers’ Implications for Supply Chains

Global Supply Chain Infrastructure

  • Transportation, Communication, Utilities & Technology Infrastructure
  • Supply Chain Security, Risks & Value
  • Legal Considerations, International Contracts & Insurance Issues
  • Commercial Documents & Customs Clearance
  • Terms of Payment & Currency of Payment
  • International Commerce Terms (Incoterms)
  • Harmonized System & the World Customs Organization
  • globalEDGE: Your Source for Global Business Knowledge

Logistics in Global Supply Chains

  • Global Logistics Strategy
  • Global Distribution Centers
  • Global Inventory Management
  • Global Packaging & Materials Handling
  • Ocean Transportation
  • Air Transportation
  • Land & Intermodal Transportation
  • Reverse Logistics

Purchasing in Global Supply Chains

  • Global Purchasing Strategy
  • From International to Global Purchasing
  • Types of Global Purchasing Strategy
  • Outsourcing & Offshoring
  • Global Customers & Channels
  • Order Fulfillment & Delivery
  • Global Supplier Selection
  • Global Supplier Networks

Operations in Global Supply Chains

  • Global Operations Strategy
  • Make or Buy Decision in Global Supply Chains
  • Global Production & Manufacturing
  • Competitive Priorities in Global Supply Chains
  • Total Cost Analysis in Global Supply Chains
  • Process-Based Quality Standards
  • Supply Chain Operations Reference Model
  • 1pl / 2pl / 3pl / 4pl / 5pl

Market Channels in Global Supply Chains

  • Global Market Channels Strategy
  • Customer Value-Creating Global Processes
  • International Market Entry Modes
  • International Wholesaling, Retailing & Franchising
  • Exporting & Importing
  • Going Global Online
  • Place & the Other 3Ps
  • globalEDGE Diagnostic Tools for Global Market Channel Partners

Managing Global Supply Chains

  • Value of Managing Global Supply Chains
  • Importance of Coordination in Global Supply Chains
  • Coordination Mechanisms in Global Supply Chains
  • Inter-organizational Relationships in Global Supply Chains
  • Value Propositions in Global Supply Chain Relationships
  • Stakeholders & Global Supply Chain Sustainability
  • Guidelines for Managing Global Supply Chains
  • Wrap-Up of the Intriguing World of Global Supply Chain Management

Who should attend

This course is designed for managers, operational supply chain personnel, supply chain managers, and mid-to-top-level executives in multinational organizations and companies aspiring to engage more in the global marketplace. It will also benefit executives who want to better understand the competitive advantages of global supply chains, as well as those looking to integrate them into the corporate strategy.

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