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Who should attend
- Senior and mid-level managers and consultants responsible for domestic and international supply chain and logistics systems
- Operations, purchasing, inventory control and transportation managers who want to ensure high customer service levels, low system-wide costs and smooth production with as little inventory as possible
- Managers who want to gain a deeper understanding of the role supply chains play in a company’s overall business strategy
About the course
Strategy and Planning for Effective Operations
In this focused program, you’ll take a proven, interdisciplinary approach — incorporating management, strategy, marketing and decision sciences — to designing and managing your supply chain. Guided by senior Kellogg faculty experts, you and your fellow participants will explore state-of-the-art models and solutions to the real-world challenges of managing facilities, logistics, inventories, transportation, information, outsourcing, complex networks and more.
You’ll develop new skills for integrating your supply chain into a coordinated system and how to identify supply chain risks and design mitigation strategies. You’ll leave equipped with new knowledge and tools for integrating strategy, planning and operations to increase service levels and reduce costs.
- Design supply chains that improve profitability
- Use product design, strategic sourcing and contracts to most efficiently match supply and demand
- Build and maximize supply chain coordination and collaboration
- Identify supply-chain risks and design risk-mitigation strategies
- Explore purchasing, production and distribution strategies for a global environment
Link Between Supply Chain Strategy and Structure
- Identify drivers of supply chain performance
- Link the structure of these drivers to the success of supply chain strategy
Supply Chain Network Design
- Identify trade-offs in supply chain network design
- Discuss approaches to account for uncertainty and risk when designing networks
Supply Chain Coordination and Integration
- Discuss causes of information distortion in the supply chain
- Identify suitable countermeasures to coordinate the supply chain
Managing Inventory in a Supply Chain
- Discuss mechanisms to reduce cycle inventory without hurting cost
- Identify approaches to reduce safety inventory without hurting product availability
Purchasing and Sourcing In a Supply Chain
- Discuss frameworks for outsourcing and extracting value from procurement
- Analyze strategies for pricing and auctions during procurement
Managing Risk in a Global Supply Chain
- Analyze sources of supply chain risk and explore strategies to help mitigate risk
- Incorporate reputational risk into supply chain design
Sunil Chopra is the IBM Distinguished Professor of Operations Management. He was also Interim Dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University from 2009-2010. From 2006 – 2009, he served as Senior Associate Dean: Curriculum and Teaching. He became a faculty member of the school...
Anne Coughlan holds the Polk Brothers Chair in Retailing, and is a Professor of Marketing, at the Kellogg School of Management. She joined the faculty in 1985. Dr. Coughlan's main research interests are in the areas of distribution channels, sales force management and compensation, and pricing. C...
Jan Albert Van Mieghem is the A. C. Buehler Professor and Professor of Operations at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. in Business and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and holds an electrical engineering degree from the Univer...
James Schummer joined Kellogg in 1997 after getting his PhD in Economics from the University of Rochester. His research areas include game theory, axiomatic resource allocation, and mechanism design. The central theme of his research is the following question: How can we make allocation decision...
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