Supply Chain Academy

Engage your organization in a customized transformational online learning experience that leverages cross-functional collaboration to solve complex supply chain challenges. Our online platform delivers detailed analytics on what your participants are learning and insight into their perceptions and understanding of your unique challenge.

Transform Your Leaders to Transform Your Supply Chain

Supply Chain Academy

Gartner's
No. 1
Supply Chain
Institution

Overview

Engage your organization in a customized transformational online learning experience that leverages cross-functional collaboration to solve complex supply chain challenges.

Our online platform delivers detailed analytics on what your participants are learning and insight into their perceptions and understanding of your unique challenge.

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Program Details

Custom Program

Customize a combination of short, online sessions addressing specific learning objectives for a cohort of leaders from across your organization. Then collaborate in discussion forums and group projects to achieve the desired outcome.

Contact a Learning Solutions Associate today to design a program tailored to address your specific needs and desired outcomes.

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Program Structure

  • Supply Chain Academy programs are uniquely characterized by:
    • Time-effective online learning “sprints” led by Penn State Supply Chain faculty experts and designed to fit around busy schedules
    • Scalable, collaborative learning experiences that reach across leadership teams and accelerate individual skill development
    • Tailored modules that address leaders’ specific needs and outcomes in the context of your unique business
    • A guided, paced approach to activating your organizational strategy

Delivery Partner

Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, the #1 ranked provider of supply chain education, partnered with CorpU in 2015 to deliver the Supply Chain Academy.

CorpU is the developer and owner of a unique data-driven technology platform designed to support organizational teams that are geographically distributed. The platform provides collaborative online discussion spaces and evaluates learning transfer through natural language processing analytics and machine learning algorithms.

Participant data analysis provide corporate leadership with “X-ray vision” into what employees understand and ways they are challenged by the change initiative; thereby building your organization’s unique capacity to achieve its goal quicker and more effectively.

Instructional Strategy

The overall methodology is about fostering collaboration. The format encourages individuals to consider the upstream and downstream implications of their decisions and actions on other functional areas.

Learning Sprints

Fast, fun, and valuable virtual courses called "sprints" form the core of the curriculum with each group member working online for 30-minutes daily. Then, structured online conversation compiles a rich stream of data to help you not only understand the knowledge level and opinions of your team, but also how they might approach decision making in the future. An internal subject matter expert designated for the sprint remains involved in conversations throughout the week to ask provocative questions and engage with your participants. Each week ends with, a live event moderated by a Penn State instructor.

Diagram of online leaning sprints showing a progression through the steps of watch, read, assess, discuss, apply, assess

Team-based Approach

This cohort-based, organizational learning is uniquely designed to support organizational teams that are geographically distributed. Solutions are geared toward a minimum of 20 participants and a maximum of 50—with a target audience around 25-30 recommended.

Program Content

Your organization can select from more than 20 sprints and combine them to create custom learning modules. We have offerings at the technical, tactical, and strategic level, and will work with you to build modules that tailor the learning to solve challenges specific to your organization.

  • Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Excellence
    • Finding Opportunities in your End-to-End Supply Chain
    • Improving Procurement Practices
    • Competitive Implications of Demand Planning
    • Manufacturing as a Strategic Variable
    • Critical Decisions in Logistics Management
  • Leading Your Supply Chain to Competitive Advantage
    • Strategic Leadership Within Your Supply Chain Organization
    • Building Continuity and Resiliency in Your Supply Chain
    • Defining Ways to Improve Your Supply Chain
    • Supply Chain as a Competitive Advantage
    • Supply Chain Alignment and Orchestration
    • Aligning Supply Chain Goals with Your Corporate Strategy
  • Building Integrated Supply Networks
    • Finding Opportunities in your End-to-End Supply Chain
    • Strategic Sourcing for Improved Performance
    • Evaluating Opportunities with Third Party Logistics Providers
    • Optimizing Distribution Network Strategy
    • Managing Supplier Risk
    • Aligning Supply Chain Goals with Your Corporate Strategy
  • Leading a World Class Procurement Organization
    • Finding Opportunities in your End-to-End Supply Chain
    • Improving Procurement Practices
    • Strategic Sourcing for Improved Performance
    • Managing Supplier Risk
    • Aligning Supply Chain Goals with Your Corporate Strategy

Why World-Leading Supply Chains Make This Program a Top Priority

Walmart, Dow, DuPont, Boston Scientific, Campbell’s, General Mills, Owens Corning, and other leading supply chain teams are reskilling thousands of supply chain leaders through this unique Penn State Supply Chain Academy experience. There is no other methodology better equipped to enhance and build your organization’s unique capacity in end-to-end supply chain knowledge and leadership.

Custom-tailored

Programs are customized to the unique needs of each customer

Accelerated Execution

Methodology speeds time for initiating and activating strategy

Immediate Impacts

Leaders identify millions of dollars in immediate improvement opportunities

Cohort-based

The experience taps into and builds on the collective experience and knowledge of each company’s own supply chain team

Seamless Experience

Learning fits into the flow of leaders’ work so they don’t have to leave job locations

Faculty

Headshot of professor Steve Tracey

Steve Tracey

Executive Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research™ and Penn State Executive Programs; Instructor for the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

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, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Langley is recognized as a worldwide leader in Logistics, including Top 5 Logistics Leaders Award. He is 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

Norek leads engagements in supply chain strategy, include supply chain organizational structure, inventory strategy and transportation strategy.

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Chris Craighead

Dove Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee

Craighead's 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, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Dr. Reutzel serves as Coordinator of the Smeal Junior Core and has served as Interim Chair of the Management Science and Information Systems Department.

Headshot of Dr. David J. Huff

Dr. David J. Huff

Director of Online Graduate Programs in Supply Chain Management and Clinical Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems

Huff has served as visiting professor at Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Program Content

Your organization can select from more than 20 sprints and combine them to create custom learning modules. We have offerings at the technical, tactical, and strategic level, and will work with you to build modules that tailor the learning to solve challenges specific to your organization.

  • Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Excellence
    • Finding Opportunities in your End-to-End Supply Chain
    • Improving Procurement Practices
    • Competitive Implications of Demand Planning
    • Manufacturing as a Strategic Variable
    • Critical Decisions in Logistics Management
  • Leading Your Supply Chain to Competitive Advantage
    • Strategic Leadership Within Your Supply Chain Organization
    • Building Continuity and Resiliency in Your Supply Chain
    • Defining Ways to Improve Your Supply Chain
    • Supply Chain as a Competitive Advantage
    • Supply Chain Alignment and Orchestration
    • Aligning Supply Chain Goals with Your Corporate Strategy
  • Building Integrated Supply Networks
    • Finding Opportunities in your End-to-End Supply Chain
    • Strategic Sourcing for Improved Performance
    • Evaluating Opportunities with Third Party Logistics Providers
    • Optimizing Distribution Network Strategy
    • Managing Supplier Risk
    • Aligning Supply Chain Goals with Your Corporate Strategy
  • Leading a World Class Procurement Organization
    • Finding Opportunities in your End-to-End Supply Chain
    • Improving Procurement Practices
    • Strategic Sourcing for Improved Performance
    • Managing Supplier Risk
    • Aligning Supply Chain Goals with Your Corporate Strategy