Designing & Leading Competitive Supply Chains


Course name Designing & Leading Competitive Supply Chains
Institution Pennsylvania State University - Smeal College of Business, Center for Supply Chain Research
Location USA, Pennsylvania
Language English
Contact information


1-800-311-6364 or 814-865-3435


Course objective

Targeted for executives charged with design and orchestration of complex supply chain systems. Participants learn practices that enhance supply chain speed, flexibility, and competitive differentiation. Topics include:

-Financial imperatives for design

-Global view on supply chains

-Intersection of operations and technology

-Strategic procurement

-Network design

Sector Private
General course topics Variety/range of logistics topics in some detail
Specific course topics

Corporate and Supply Chain Strategy

-Principles and advanced concepts of supply chain management

-Frameworks for achieving an integrated supply chain

-Measuring supply chain performance relative to corporate goals

-Designing appropriate supply chain strategies

-Cases of effective and ineffective strategies

Supply Chain and Financial Imperatives

-Creating shareholder value

-Cash flow - The basis of value

-The supply chain role in improving:

-Cash flow margin

-Asset productivity

-Growth and investment

Global Supply Chains

-Unique challenges of international supply chains

-Ownership vs. management vs. control

-The global factory

-Location of various supply chain activities

-Cases in global supply chain operation

Designing Global Supply Chains

-Supply chain design—fixing the infrastructure

-Triple-A supply chains—agile, adaptive, aligned

-Supply Chain metrics—cost, customer service, speed and responsiveness

-Technology for designing global supply chains

-Dealing with uncertainty

From Strategy to Execution

-Keys to effective execution -- managing the details

-Information and decision-support technology

-Cases in effective execution

Strategic Procurement

-Spend analysis and the value of a supply strategy

-Categorizing and segmenting suppliers

-Creating a category strategy—market analysis, strategic cost modeling, commodity price analysis

-Supplier risk management

-Strategic cost management

-Role-play exercise

Total time commitment 40
Focus commodity Not indicated
Accredited No
Accredited by Not indicated - please contact the course host for this information.
Degree name This course can count towards a Certificate in Supply Chain Leadership
Attendance mode In-person
Incentives No
Incentives description


Logistics Topics Coverage % (estimate) 100
Audience Program Manager
Pre-requisites No
Pre-requisites description


Course fee $4,950
Course fee description

includes all instructional materials, private room accommodations, meals, break service, and access to recreational facilities.

Discount available Yes
Discount description

Fees vary. Lower fees exist for CSCMP members and Center for Supply Chain Research Corporate Sponsors. See website for more details.

This program is followed by Global Supply Chain Strategy & Risk Management on September 30 - October 3. Attend both programs back-to-back and take 20% off the programs fees!

Course included in analysis No
Additional comments

This course will be held: Sept. 23-27, 2013.

If this course is taken with Achieving Supply Chain Transformation and Global Supply Chain Strategy & Risk Management a Certificate in Supply Chain Leadership will be rewarded.