Strategic Supply Chain Management

The University of Auckland Business School

The University of Auckland Business School


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Who should attend

  • Currently be in a mid-to-senior supply chain or related role for at least five years (e.g. procurement, inventory, planning, logistics or related disciplines)
  • Have been identified as having potential to progress to a senior leadership role within the next five years

About the course

Co-designed with 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.

The role of a supply chain leader is to align their organisation’s array of staff, suppliers, technology and process, and get the right products into the right hands at the right time.

In a world of increasingly dynamic and disrupted supply chains, companies need their supply chain leaders to develop the foresight, skill and agility to turn operational issues into strategic opportunities. A supply chain leader’s understanding of what is needed – and their ability to influence across the supply network – will be the key to company success in the future.

This experiential programme seeks to equip mid-career supply chain professionals to contribute at a strategic level to lead that alignment process. It is designed to be practical and relevant and give supply chain leaders the tools to contribute to C-Suite decision making, both functionally and across the business.

Programme content

To encourage you to think beyond Supply Chain and develop the strategic, whole-of-business mindset, some parts of Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 will be delivered in a combined cohort of all C-Suite programme participants. The remaining time will be spent in your Supply Chain cohort.

Module 1 Enterprise Strategy and Leadership

Module 2 Leading Change in Complex Times

Module 3 Driving Value Through Collaboration & Innovation

Module 4 Roadmap for the Future

Strategic Project

In addition to the modular content and with the support of your mentor and your organisational sponsor, you will identify a project of strategic value to your organisation. This project work aims to build leadership capability across the organisation – in particular thinking strategically, influencing and working successfully across the business.

The action learning project delivers immediate value and ensures your programme learning is embedded by applying it to real issues in your own organisation.


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...

Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George has an active research interest in non-standard work arrangements and diversity in the workplace. She has a PhD in Organisation Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of six international editorial boards and is an associate editor of the Academy of Manag...

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