Transformative learning experiences that translate into strategic innovation, visionary leadership, and more effective business processes in your supply chain.

The Supply Chain Leadership Academy helps supply chain teams assemble an integrated and critical mass of action against today’s formidable supply chain challenges. Through this program, leaders:

  • Identify opportunities to improve efficiencies and generate value across the end-to-end supply chain
  • Discover ways to improve demand forecasting and inventory management
  • Develop strategies to identify and improve spend categories
  • Strengthen the alignment of supply chain strategy to corporate strategy

Penn State Smeal College

Courses Offered

Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Excellence

Length: Two 3-week courses at 30 minutes per day

Overview: Gives participants a holistic view of the supply chain – from procurement through to distribution and customer support – establishing a mindset of strategic supply chain management.

  • Identify Forces Shaping Your Supply Chain
  • Finding Value in Your End-to-End Supply Chain

Business impact

  • Identify new performance improvement opportunities by understanding the end-to-end supply chain
  • Realize the need to focus on customers, create value and execute improvement plans
  • Generate and evaluate improvement ideas and prepare to move the top 3 into action

Target audience

  • Emerging Leaders
  • Front-line Leaders
  • Those new to supply chain roles

Building Integrated Supply Networks

Length: Two 3-week courses at 30 minutes per day

Overview: Focuses on the leadership mindsets and behaviors required to make the vision of a seamless end-to-end supply chain a reality.

  • Assessing Your Supply Chain Effectiveness
  • Driving Integrated Supply Chain Performance

Business impact

  • Improve alignment and collaboration across supply chain functions and adopt best-in-class improvement methods
  • Learn how to create value through strategic sourcing, outsourced logistics, and distribution network strategies.
  • Generate and evaluate improvement ideas and prepare to move the top 3 into action

Target audience

  • High Potential Leaders
  • Middle Managers

Leading Your Supply Chain to Competitive Advantage

Length: Two 3-week courses at 30 minutes per day

Overview: Evaluate key considerations for developing a procurement approach that builds competitive advantage for your organization.

  • Aligning Your Supply Chain for Transformation
  • Sustaining Competitive Advantage

Business impact

  • Revisit your supply chain’s current alignment with corporate strategy
  • Investigate critical risk management and mitigation strategies for protecting your firm from disruptions
  • Apply a proven method to identify ways to improve your supply chain’s competitive position.

Target audience

  • High Potential Leaders
  • Middle Managers
  • Senior Leaders

Leading a World-Class Procurement Organization

Length: A 4-week course at 30 minutes per day and optional courses

Overview: Evaluate key considerations for developing a procurement approach that builds competitive advantage by making better procurement decisions, improving supplier relationships, and managing risk.

  • Finding Opportunities in Your End-to-End Supply Chain
  • Improving Procurement Practices
  • Strategic Sourcing for Improved Performance
  • Includes optional courses on Leading Breakthrough Change and The Mutual Gains Approach to Negotiation

Business impact

  • Develop a strategic sourcing approach to important categories of spending
  • Improve procurement effectiveness by considering their end-to-end impact on supply chain
  • Improve supplier relationships by implementing a strategic approach to supplier management

Target audience

  • Procurement Leaders
  • Sales and Marketing Leaders
  • Finance Leaders

Leading Successful Projects

Length: 3-week Course at 30 minutes per day

Overview: Develop an essential leadership capability to create a Work Breakdown Structures (WBS), monitor planning and budgets, manage the critical path of a project, and bring a project to a successful completion.

Business impact

  • Adopt a consistent and highly effective approach to project management
  • Apply best practice project management practices to deliver an improved result on an existing project
  • Learn to work and negotiate effectively as leader of a project team

Target audience

  • Front-line Leaders
  • Supply chain leaders managing complex projects

Our Experts

Steve Tracey

Steve Tracey is the Executive Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research™ and Penn State Executive Programs, and an instructor for the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department within Smeal College of Business. Tracey has a diverse global background directing operations with full P&L responsibilities in more than 14 countries.

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C. John Langley, Jr.

Clinical Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University with Worldwide recognition in Logistics, including Top 5 Logistics Leaders Award. Former president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and a recipient of the Council’s Distinguished Service Award Research.

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Chris Norek

Senior Partner, Chain Connectors, Inc. and Affiliated Faculty Member in Supply Chain Management, Penn State University. Leads engagements in supply chain strategy, include supply chain organizational structure, inventory strategy and transportation strategy.

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Chris Craighead

Professor Craighead is the Dove Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee. His primary research interests lie in the area of strategic sourcing and supply management, with a focus on global supply chain disruptions/risk and resilience.

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Dr. Edward T. Reutzel

Associate Professor Emeritus of Supply Chain Management and Senior Associate Dean of Management Science at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. Dr. Reutzel also serves as Coordinator of the Smeal Junior Core and has served as Interim Chair of the Management Science and Information Systems Department.

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Dr. David J. Huff

Director of Online Graduate Programs in Supply Chain Management and Clinical Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems. Also served as visiting professor at Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and then at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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