Developing Strategic Supply Chain Leaders

In this Penn State Executive Program you will develop supply chain systems that align with organizational strategy. Innovate the supply chain to create competitive advantage for your organization through speed , flexibility, reduced costs, and competitive differentiation. Link SC metrics to enterprise priorities.


  • When Oct 08, 2019 to Oct 10, 2019 (America/New_York / UTC-400)
  • Where University Park, PA
  • Add event to calendar iCal

Session Date: October 8-10, 2018 or April 9-11, 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

Created for senior business leaders charged with the design and orchestration of complex supply chain systems, or those individuals who are working toward being senior leaders in the future. You will learn practices that enhance supply chain speed, flexibility, and competitive differentiation.

Who Should Attend

Developing Strategic Supply Chain Leaders is designed for upper-middle and senior-level leaders responsible for the development and management of supply chain strategy. Representative titles include vice president, director, or manager of logistics, procurement, operations, distribution, or materials management and related supply chain functions. This course is an option for those pursuing a Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Leadership.

Program Benefits

You will leave Developing Strategic Supply Chain Leaders with the ability to:

  • Develop supply chain systems that are aligned with organizational strategy and create competitive advantage for your organization
  • Understand the role of strategic leaders
  • Communicate initiatives and outcomes to the executive team or boardroom
  • Compete on value-added factors other than product and price
  • Link customer needs and supplier capabilities
  • Differentiate your organization through supply chain innovation and value creation
  • Target opportunities for performance improvement

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

Leadership in the Networked Economy

  • The role of strategic leaders
  • The need to recognize implications of the current state of the economy
  • Implications for leaders
  • Examining the organization
  • Driving results

Corporate and Supply Chain Strategy

  • 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

Managing Global Supply Chains

  • Unique challenges of international supply chains
  • Ownership vs. management vs. control
  • Cases in global supply chain operation
  • Emerging markets, emerging technologies and their potential impacts to your strategy

Supply Chain and Financial Imperatives

  • Creating shareholder value
  • Understanding cash flow - The basis of a firm’s value
  • The supply chain role in improving:
    -Cash-to-cash cycle time
    -Asset productivity
    -Growth and investment

Suppliers and Strategic Procurement

  • Spend analysis and the value of a supply strategy
  • Categorizing and segmenting suppliers
  • Supplier risk management
  • Strategic cost management

Supply Chain in the Disruptive Age  NEW SESSION!

  • Important elements of transformation
  • Strategies to prepare for the future
  • Implications for leadership in terms of technology, talent and customer needs
  • The future of emerging technologies in SC: mobility, digitization, automation


"As a 3PL services provider, I've become 'hyper-critical' of those in the services business. Given this, I've not seen any other program designed and executed as well as this program."
- Glenn Andrews, Director, Government Programs, Lion Apparel, Inc.

"The most significant aspects of the program for me were the interaction with peers, thought-provoking cases, and excellent takeaways for best practices and analytical tools." 
- James Mathias, Executive Vice President, Operations, CORE Motion, Inc.


We've carefully designed this program to maximize your personal and professional development. Faculty present the most current methodologies and research and also bring practical experience to each session.

Faculty Director

Mr. Steve Tracey, Executive Director, Center for Supply Chain Research™; Executive Director, Penn State Executive Programs; Professor of Practice - Supply Chain & Information Systems, Penn State

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Robert Handfield, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, North Carolina State University

Dr. David Haushalter, Associate Professor of Finance and Academic Director of the Rogers Family Trading Room, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Dr. Glen Kreiner, Professor of Management, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Ms. Heather Sheehan, former co-Chief Procurement Officer, Danaher Corporation

Dr. Albert Vicere, Executive Education Professor of Strategic Leadership, Smeal College of Business, Penn State



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

  • Aligning Supply Chain Organizations provides the tools and learning, based on practical applications, to start or improve your collaboration initiatives.
  • Building a Sustainable Supply Chain enhances supply chain sustainability to better manage financial, social, and environmental risks and opportunities.  Topics include:  supplier assessment, closed-loop supply chains, and meeting customers’ sustainability requirements.

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.