Strategic Supply Chain Management

The University of Auckland Business School

The University of Auckland Business School

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About the course

Co-designed by the Centre for Supply Chain Management and leading NZ business executives, this dynamic programme actively develops mid-career professionals from various parts of the supply chain into strategic supply chain leaders.

Ambitious, mid-career supply chain professionals need the skills to meet the challenges of a modern, rapidly changing world. With a focus on understanding how successful supply chains work and drive increased value end to end, participants of this highly experiential programme expand their capability to think strategically, behave collaboratively and make value-driven decisions.

The modular format blends expert faculty, industry guest speakers, active project work, site visits, simulations, online learning, case studies and peer group engagement to maximise application in role.

Programme content

Module themes:

  • Business and supply chain strategy and value creation
  • Networks and collaboration - the key enablers of supply chain performance
  • Supply chain transformation - performance, technology and change
  • Strategy into action - presenting the case for change across diverse stakeholders

Each module includes a mix of:

  • Interactive workshops with senior Graduate School of Management faculty or professional facilitators
  • Site visits (e.g. Foodstuffs, The Warehouse, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, NZ Defence Force, DHL, The Icehouse) to see and explore the real challenges of implementing supply chain opportunities discussed within the programme
  • Leading industry speakers
  • Business simulations and international case studies
  • Delivery of a strategic project to improve the performance of the sponsoring organisation
  • Mentoring and support from seasoned supply chain experts
  • Peer group interaction between modules
  • Readings and case studies
  • Self-directed study and reflection

Individual and Organisational Benefits


Participants will:

  • Form a view of how they can progress in their career and the capability they will need to do it
  • Participants can place this programme on their CV and show their Certificate
  • Be able to ‘look inside’ some of NZ’s leading companies and government departments and see how they are meeting their challenges
  • Learn how the industry is changing and identify trends that will shape the future of work
  • Meet peers and leaders with whom they can form strong and lasting relationships
  • Be mentored and coached by leading practitioners and faculty members
  • Undertake a strategic project designed to make a real difference to their organisation


The organisation will:

  • Reap real benefits from guiding participants working on an initiative of strategic value to their organisation
  • Develop greater leadership bench strength that reinforces the succession pipeline
  • Have access to the diverse expertise and experience of research academics and industry and government leaders
  • Relate closely with the Centre for Supply Chain Management, which facilitates student research projects, internships and seminars with visiting international supply chain leaders

Who should attend

Co-designed by the Centre for Supply Chain Management and leading NZ business executives, this dynamic programme actively develops mid-career professionals from various parts of the supply chain into strategic supply chain leaders.

People who took this course work for

Pfizer, Self-employed, Fonterra, Alcoa, Linfox...

Trust the experts

Daniel Vidal

Dr Daniel Vidal is a general management consultant with strong hands-on systems and business strategy development experience gained in top international companies. He has an extensive consulting and advisory background with specific strengths in IT-driven transformation, strategy, business perfor...


David Robb

David is Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management in the Graduate School of Management at the University of Auckland Business School. He has an Engineering Science degree from the University of Auckland, an MBA and PhD in Operations Management from The University of Calgary, where he ...


Tava Olsen

Before joining the University of Auckland, Professor Tava Olsen was Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St Louis, which she joined after serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engine...


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Strategic Supply Chain Management at The University of Auckland Business School


May 21—Oct 15, 2020

Auckland, New Zealand


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