Essentials of Supply Chain Management


Course name Essentials of Supply Chain Management
Institution Pennsylvania State University - Smeal College of Business, Center for Supply Chain Research
Location USA, Pennsylvania
Language English
Contact information

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Course objective

Upon completion of Essentials of Supply Chain Management, you will be qualified to: Integrate all functions along the chain through shared objectives, Develop common performance matrices, Improve customer satisfaction through shorter delivery times, maximizing capital turnover, Use information technology to enhance performance, Work effectively in alliances and partnerships of the extended supply chain

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

Global Supply Chain Management: Defining the supply chain; scope of activities, Systems perspective of the supply chain & Market demands and corporate expectations. Supply Chain Strategies: Link between business strategy and logistics, Value chain analysis, Competing on speed, flexibility, quality, responsiveness, and value-added services & Competing through alliances. Supply Chain Partnerships: Strategic alliances and partnerships, Characteristics of partnerships, Current research and best practices, Shared use of technologies & Factors leading to partnership satisfaction. Information Technology and the Supply Chain: The role of information technology (IT) in the supply chain, Innovative technologies and their uses, & IT and supply chain integration. Supply Chain Components and Tools: Inventory management throughout the chain, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, & Manufacturing/distribution resource planning. Creating and Measuring Logistics Value, Relationship between logistics and customer satisfaction, & Methodologies for measuring effectiveness. Putting Theory into Practice: LINKS supply chain simulation, Application workshop using the SCOR model & Corporate presentations of benchmark practices.

Total time commitment 40
Focus commodity Not indicated
Accredited No
Accredited by Other
Degree name This course can count towards a Certificate in Supply Chain Management.
Attendance mode In-person
Incentives No
Incentives description


Logistics Topics Coverage % (estimate) 100
Audience Program Manager
Pre-requisites No
Course fee $4,200
Course fee description

Includes all instructional materials, private room accommodations, and meals.

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.

Course included in analysis No
Additional comments

The program is likely accredited through the University. (This information is not specified.) The course is also cosponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

This course will be held October 7-11, 2013.

If this course is taken with Processes and Tools for Supply Chain Success and Achieving Supply Chain Transformation a Certificate in Supply Chain Management will be rewarded.