Strategic Sourcing for Improved Performance

Take a critical look at distribution network strategy in order to uncover the possibilities in your organization. Join your cohort in exploring the factors and stages of a distribution network strategy and apply possible solutions to a simulated case study, learning what takeaways will be useful in your leadership role.

Topics & Takeaways

  • Sourcing for Performance: identify critical leadership skills for more effective sourcing
  • Sourcing Strategies: apply the content to develop insight on how to improve your organization’s sourcing
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization: explore the balance between value and risk
  • Strategic Sourcing and Competitive Advantage: reflect on your company’s competitive initiatives, discuss how customer demands will change in the future and how that will alter the competition

Business Impact

  • Improved alignment with supply chain partners
  • Demonstrated understanding of supplier relationships and production needs

Target audience

  • High Potential Leaders
  • Middle Managers addressing tactical concepts and application


  • 5 daily lessons, approximately 30 minutes of activities in each of the first four days
  • 60 minute virtual live event with Expert Faculty on the capstone day
  • Expert Guide support of questions, comments, and group engagement and collaboration
  • Active participation – devoting your time to structured dialogue, private reflection, and deliberate practice will increase your knowledge and takeaways
  • Practical application – you can directly try and apply what you learn each day

Expert Faculty

Dr. Chris Craighead
Affiliated Faculty in Supply Chain Management, Penn State University