Achieving Supply Chain Transformation

In this Penn State Executive Program you will create an in-depth understanding of how to transform business processes to encourage adaptability during market uncertainty. Leaders identify competitive priorities for innovating the supply chain to create competitive advantage.


  • When Oct 22, 2019 to Oct 24, 2019 (America/New_York / UTC-400)
  • Where University Park, PA
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Session Date: October 22-24, 2019

A joint venture with the Penn State Smeal College of Business' Center for Supply Chain Research™.  

Complete multiple supply chain offerings from Penn State Executive Programs to earn a professional certificate.

Program Objectives

This program highlights a number of important concepts for leaders to consider during major change efforts within the supply chain. From business strategy formulation to supply chain design and execution, the program provides business operating models and tools for supply chain transformation, organizational performance, and positive financial results.

Transformative changes often occur after a thoughtful analysis of trade-offs within the business—which should we strive for: superior service, lowest cost, or both? Participants will learn how to strike a balance of these trade-offs to optimize supply chain performance.

Recognizing that leadership is an essential component to transformational success, the program is designed around leadership threads and testimonials from seasoned executives who have led significant change within the private and public sectors. Participants will hear, first-hand, the strategic decisions and frameworks these leaders used to drive transformational change, motivate organizations, and garner financial results. Throughout the session, participants will develop personal leadership goals using the time-tested techniques highlighted.

Who Should Attend

This program is for mid-level and senior managers responsible for leveraging supply chains for financial and service performance. This course is an option for those pursuing a Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Management or Leadership.

Program Benefits

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to discuss, analyze, and critically reflect on:

  • Fundamental dimensions of strategy
  • Connecting supply chain design to business strategy and financials
  • Different ways for businesses to build resiliency in supply chains—particularly during periods of uncertainty
  • Capabilities for supply chain transformation and possible trade-offs to consider
  • Organizational leadership traits and models to drive success in transformation
  • Personal leadership to effect change in an organization
This program awards 2.4 CEUs. Penn State Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available based on a standard of one unit per ten hours of classroom instruction.

Program Content

Connecting Supply Chain Strategy to Business Imperatives

What markets should we compete in?  What mechanisms do we use to grow our business?  How can supply chains be designed to support these mechanisms and drive business results?

Dimensions of High Performing Supply Chain Operating Models

Which strategies and capabilities can be deployed from design to deliver? How do we use these to accelerate profitable business performance?

Supply Chain Leadership Transformation: An Executive’s Perspective

What does transformational leadership look like?  Which leadership traits are best for various stages of business maturity?

Building Resiliency in Supply Chains

How do we manage complexity in supply chains?  What are ways to reduce complexity and build resiliency?

Transformation or Change Management: Is There a Difference?

Is Transformation an effort or a skill?  Is there a difference in managing change vs. leading transformation?

The Time is Now!

In an era of networked economies and global business, will the supply chain discipline lead the way?

Assessing Your Personal Leadership

Are you ready and able to drive supply chain transformation?

Case Study and Experiential Learning
A team-analysis approach will be used in the program to allow participants to test what they have learned when applied against a company's actual experience.

“Superb. Penn State sets the standard for others to follow. I really enjoyed and benefited from this entire program, and felt the balance between guest speakers and faculty was just right. Thank you for providing an excellent, superior training opportunity.  I'm already looking forward to the next course.”
-  Richard Workman, Logistics Management Specialist, US Army Logistics Innovation Agency


Faculty Director

Ms. Susan Purdum, Associate Teaching Professor, Supply Chain Management, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Faculty Leaders

Mr. Michael Gray, Supply Chain Evangelist, Former Executive Dell, IBM, and Square D

Ms. Mary Leonard, COO/Senior Vice President, National Express LLC

Lieutenant General (ret.) William "Gus" Pagonis, Executive Consultant and Public Speaker; Former Vice Chairman, Genco Supply Chain Solutions;  C-Suite Turn-around Leader, Fedexo, Walgreen's and others; U.S. Army three-star general (retired) and chief logistician for major campaigns.

“The faculty have a lot of experience; they are very open and willing to share it with us and promote group-sharing information. In general the program has a very strategic approach of the supply chain, which helps to broaden your perspective. Most of the other programs that I have attended to do not reach this level of analysis.”
-  Erick Díaz González Boyer, Director of Logistics, Barcel, S.A. de C.V.



Our enrollment coordinator will be happy to hold a seat for you in this program. A reservation does not commit you to the program until you submit the registration form online.

Questions? Please call 800-311-6364 or 814-865-3435

Related Programs

This course is an option for those pursuing a Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Leadership. Participants must take two other courses to complete the certificate:

This is also a required course for those pursuing a Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Management. Participants must take these two other courses to complete the certificate:

Programs may be taken in any order over any period of time. An Executive Programs representative will be happy to help you select the appropriate program for your current level of responsibility.



NEW TIERED PRICING! We have modified our rates to provide you with a choice in accommodations. The new program fee of $3,150 covers tuition, materials, lunch, breaks, and the group dinner only. You may select our traditional meals and lodging package (for the Nittany Lion Inn or The Penn Stater as program dictates) for an additional $600. If booking your own hotel, you are responsible for your lodging, travel to and from the program, and "on your own" dinners. 

Active military personnel, PSU alumni, and teams of three or more attending this program from one company are eligible for a 20% program discount.