Supply Chain Leadership for Competitive Advantage

Smeal College of Business

Smeal College of Business

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Who should attend

  • Senior Leaders who want to create a consistent foundation of supply chain strategy, language, and principles across their team.
  • Leaders in business units that interact and intersect with the supply chain
  • Newer and high-potential supply chain leaders
  • Managers addressing both strategic concepts and tactical application throughout the end-to-end supply chain.

About the course

The Supply Chain Leadership track will equip you with the tools to recognize and prioritize opportunities, analyze their potential for competitive advantage, understand threats from competitors, and to execute strategies to achieve organizational excellence. Our signature course in both Supply Chain and Leadership combined will develop your confidence to make Supply Chain management a competitive advantage for your organization and maintain that status in the future. Whatever your role or level of experience, we expect that you will find the lessons valuable and applicable to your leadership in the years to come.

Program Benefits

  • Accelerator courses - leverage the same expert instructors that you expect from the #1 ranked supply chain department in the country
  • Participate from any location – all you need is access to the internet and a web browser
  • Focus on learning tracks - select what aligns with your organizational responsibilities
  • Develop a new network - Connect live with supply chain experts and other participants from across the country - learn how others are addressing similar issues
  • Develop a new level of understanding – we help you make the connection between concept and application to deliver immediate impact in your workplace

Program Content

Week 1: Strategic Leadership Within Your Supply Chain Organization

Description

In Strategic Leadership Within Your Supply Chain Organization, you will have the opportunity to explore ways to build the capacity of your supply chain organization in the service of a long-term strategic vision. These are critical leadership skills that will help you build organizational excellence. Whatever your role or level of experience, we expect that you will find the lessons valuable and applicable to your leadership in the years to come.

Topics & Takeaways

  • People, Processes and Technology
  • Effective Leadership Requires Vision
  • Supporting the Supply Chain Team
  • Engaging and Inspiring Others

Business Impact

  • Assess current leadership capabilities and develop the necessary supply chain leadership competencies
  • Document ideas for an area of improvement and formulate ways to implement the plan

Week 2: Defining Ways to Improve Your Supply Chain

Description

Throughout this course, you will focus on becoming catalysts for change as you seek to create a best-in-class supply chain that gives your organization a clear and sustainable edge over your competitors.

Before you can begin the change, however, you must determine what you will change. We will focus on identifying, leveraging, and prioritizing opportunities in your supply chain that offer the possibility of creating a competitive advantage for your organization in the future.

Overview & Business Impact

  • Assess which areas of your supply chain offer the most opportunities for improvement.
  • Identify specific opportunities and begin collecting data to determine how much potential value those opportunities could yield.
  • Learn how to prioritize strategic opportunities and consider the resources that would be necessary to pursue the opportunities you have identified.

Topics & Takeaway

  • The 7 Principles of Supply Chain Management
  • ABC or Pareto Analysis
  • Technology in the Supply Chain
    • Warehouse Management Systems
    • Transportation Management Systems
    • Demand Planning Software
    • Distribution Network Strategy
  • “Office Pride” Case Study

Week 3: Supply Chain as a Competitive Advantage

Description

Focus on exploring both opportunities and risks within your supply chain as compared to the supply chains of your competitors. Discuss competitive levers such as having both a Customer Lens and a Bottom-Line Lens, and your circle of influence on each. Discuss how to close gaps and avoid threats within your industry and use matrices to diagram innovations that will gain you the competitive edge your organization seeks.

Topics & Takeaway

  • Competitive Levers: discuss where your competitors excel and how to close the gap, learn about your circles of influence, rank the different types of supply chain strategies
  • Competitive Threats: watch examples of threats between brands, read about counterfeiting, and discuss common threats and opportunities
  • Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line: learn how to seek win-win solutions, read about product, service, and process innovations, and diagram your supply chain using a provided innovation matrix
  • Opportunity Analysis: use a provided template to identify Context, Scope, Scale, Risks, Rewards and discuss the analyses with cohort members

Business Impact

  • Improved understanding of how your supply chain compares to those of your competitors and how that should guide your actions as an individual and an organization
  • Increased awareness of threats to your brand and how to proactively address them
  • Clarity on the risks, rewards, and scale of opportunities to outpace competitors

What You’ll Learn

  • You will have the opportunity to explore ways to build the capacity of your supply chain organization in the service of a long-term strategic vision. These are critical leadership skills that will help you build organizational excellence.
  • You will focus on becoming the catalyst for change as you seek to create a best-in-class supply chain that gives your organization a clear and sustainable edge over your competitors.
  • We will focus on identifying, leveraging, and prioritizing opportunities in your supply chain that offer the possibility of creating a competitive advantage for your organization in the future
  • Focus on exploring both opportunities and risks within your supply chain as compared to the supply chains of your competitors. Discuss competitive levers such as having both a customer Lens and a bottom-Line Lens, and your circle of influence on each.
  • Discuss how to close gaps and avoid threats within your industry, and use matrices to diagram innovations that will gain you the competitive edge your organization seeks

Experts

Steve Tracey

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...

Christopher Norek

Senior Partner, Chain Connectors, Inc. Dr. Christopher D. Norek is Senior Partner and founding member of Chain Connectors, Inc., a supply chain consulting and software implementation firm. He has over 20 years of supply chain experience with a unique combination of consulting, industry and acade...

Christopher Craighead

Expertise: Supply Chain Management, Procurement Education: 1990-East Tennessee State University , B.S. Computer Science 1993-East Tennessee State University , M.B.A Business Administration 1998-Clemson University , Ph.D. Operations Management Christopher W. Craighead is the Dove Professor ...

Supply Chain Leadership for Competitive Advantage at Smeal College of Business

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