Introduction to Supply Chain Analytics

Learn analytic techniques to evaluate logistics and supply chain performance in this Penn State Executive Program. Discover methods to interpret critical data and apply the information to improve performance and achieve organizational goals.


  • When Jun 04, 2019 to Jun 05, 2019 (America/New_York / UTC-400)
  • Where University Park, PA
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Session Date:  June 4-5, 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.

This program in the Supply Chain Operations Certificate sequence will provide you with a practical understanding of key areas of logistics and supply chain management where relevant analysis of data may be needed. The approach will focus on several key supply chain functions and provide hands-on learning for how to best understand and analyze data that may be available for the supply chain.  This will be facilitated through the use of Excel-based approaches for managing, understanding, and deriving value from actual supply chain databases.  Additionally, the course will provide an understanding of the functional analytics to better understand the extent to which logistics and supply chain objectives are being achieved.

Program Benefits

At the end of Introduction to Supply Chain Analytics, you will be able to:

  • Understand basic principles and techniques related to supply chain analytics
  • Identify key areas of logistics and supply chain management for which data collection and analysis may be helpful to the achievement of broader logistics and supply chain objectives
  • Determine the types of data and information that may best help you understand and profile activities and processes of interest across the functional areas of customer, product, inventory, transportation and supplier
  • Meaningfully evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of logistics operations through understanding the functional metrics and analyses
  • Detect and correct corrupt or inaccurate content in databases of interest
  • Recognize contemporary and future advances in supply chain analytics
  • Develop plans for improvement of logistics and supply chain activities
This program awards 1.5 CEUs. Penn State Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available based on a standard of one unit per ten hours of classroom instruction.

Who Should Attend

This is an introductory "how-to" program for analysts and new managers who can benefit from experiencing hands-on familiarity with supply chain data and fundamental approaches to analysis and interpretation of supply chain data.  The program will cover fundamental concepts, processes, and tools to help better manage and improve their organizations’ supply chains and key process areas.   Participants should have a moderate level of proficiency in Excel, but the program will include useful approaches to cleaning, analyzing, and deriving understanding from actual supply chain databases. This program is among the options for those pursuing a Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Operations.

Program Content

The following topics are covered:

  • Understanding functional activities or sets of data of relevance to logistics and supply chain management including customer, product, inventory, transportation, and suppliers
  • Strategies for data collection and aggregation
  • Approaches to analysis of functional data
  • Techniques for cleaning databases
  • Integrating results of functional analyses to better understand logistics and supply chain performance
  • Developing improvement strategies based on results of data analyses
  • Introduction to advanced approaches and techniques for supply chain analytics


This program is taught by world-class faculty leaders from Penn State, as well as supply chain professionals. Each instructor has an extensive background in research and consulting, and in educating executives. Each brings to the classroom best-practice tools and implementation processes for achieving world-class results.

Faculty Leaders

Dr. C. John Langley Jr., Clinical Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of Development for the Center for Supply Chain Research, Penn State

Dr. Christopher D. Norek, Affiliated Faculty in Supply Chain Management, Penn State Executive Programs. Chris was chosen by DC Velocity as a "Rainmaker" for 2018.  Read about his impact in the supply chain industry


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

Related Programs

This program  is among the options for those pursuing a Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Operations. Participants must take two others from the topics below 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 $2,150 covers tuition, materials, lunch, breaks, and a group dinner. You may select our traditional meals and lodging package (for the Nittany Lion Inn or The Penn Stater as program dictates) for an additional $400. 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.