Aligning Supply Chain Organizations

Your complex supply chain relies on alignment in three critical areas to facilitate success: 1) between the supply chain and strategic objectives, 2) between function and process areas within the supply chain, and 3) between the organization and its suppliers and partners. Learn how to coordinate initiatives so that your enterprise functions seamlessly in service of the ultimate judge—your customers.

Short Course

Aligning Supply Chain Organizations


Your complex supply chain relies on alignment in three critical areas to facilitate success: 1) between the supply chain and strategic objectives, 2) between function and process areas within the supply chain, and 3) between the organization and its suppliers and partners. Learn how to coordinate initiatives so that your enterprise functions seamlessly in service of the ultimate judge—your customers.

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Current Offerings


Dec 12, 2023


Dec 14, 2023


December 12-14, 2023: 10:00-11:30am, 1:30-3:00pm Eastern


Live Remote



Apr 02, 2024


Apr 04, 2024


April 2-4, 2024: 8:30-11:45am Eastern


Live Remote


Who Should Attend

  • This program benefits those in a senior management or executive role responsible for supply chain oversight. Titles of participants have included:
    • Director, US Supply Chain
    • Vice President, Global Supply Chain
    • Senior Vice President of Operations
    • Senior Manager of Inbound Logistics & Carrier Performance
    • Senior Supply Chain Research Analyst
    • Logistics Management Specialist
    • Manager of Customer Satisfaction
    • Logistics Services Providers (attend with your customers to improve organizational alignment and business relationships!)

Program Benefits

  • Improve your ability to:
    • Execute better supply chain performance through meaningful use of shared information and proven collaborative methodologies like CPFR, S&OP, and IBP/IBM
    • Collaborate for increased profits, reduced costs, and improved visibility
    • Smooth fluctuations in demand and synchronize supply and demand
    • Enhance customer service, reduce stock outs, and improve product line ROIs
    • Access, analyze, and understand disparate data sources and emerging trends in product management

Program Content

  • Alignment and Synchronization with Supply Chain Partners
    • Managing supply chains in the 21st Century
    • Building and maintaining trust in a business partnership
    • Leveraging people, processes, and technology for supply chain success
    • Change management mandates for an organization
    • Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR)
  • Internal Collaboration
    • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and implementation priorities
    • Integrated Business Planning (IBP) and Integrated Business Management (IBM)
    • Concept of Consensus Forecasting
    • Coordinated demand and supply planning
  • Integrating Internal & External Collaboration
    • Practical insights from industry leaders
    • Industry case study to understand trading partner collaboration
  • Challenges of Supply Chain Alignment
    • Identifying and understanding key issues and challenges relating to supply chain collaboration and alignment
    • Revisiting challenges of Supply Chain Alignment to assess progress made toward insight and resolution
    • Benchmarking your firm's alignment for integrated business performance

Note: 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..

Value For You and Your Organization

Companies that understand how to successfully implement supply chain strategies related to collaboration, alignment, and synchronization quickly realize cost savings greater than lower performers and are resilient through all economic climates.

The Executive Programs Short Course Experience

All of our transformational learning experiences provide the right environment for you to quickly develop and apply new capabilities.


You'll have access to a personal learning portal where you will obtain pre-program assignments, travel support (if applicable), and a list of fellow participants. Pre-work prepares you to immediately engage in content and learning allowing for a more effective application of knowledge.

Practical Content

Our learning experiences pair practical action learning and coaching with new knowledge, tools, and perspectives. We'll explore current, real-world examples of how organizations around the globe address critical challenges and how it may relate to yours.

Led by Experts

Plug into our network of thought leaders. Our award-winning teachers, researchers, consultants, and practitioners understand today's leaders and the critical challenges they face. They will work with you to offer guidance before, during, and after each program.

Peer Networking

You'll learn as much from your peer cohort as you do from the instructors! The value of different perspectives coming from different organizations and their challenges are immeasurable.


Expert executive faculty with significant operations experience within the private and public sectors provide first-hand accounts of strategy and frameworks they have used to drive alignment and garner financial results.

Customize This Program

All programs can be tailored to your organization and team, and be delivered to groups of 10 or more. Contact us about custom program possibilities. View Details Request Info 800-311-6364
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Additional Details

Our Learning Solutions Associate 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. To reserve your spot, click the ‘Save my Seat’ button next the program’s offering, listed above.

Discount Rates

  • 20%: In-Person delivery, or Live Remote delivery with 20+ participants on same invoice (Contact us to register your group)
  • 10%: Live Remote delivery


Tuition discounts are available for:

  • DoD or government employees
  • Penn State alumni
  • Individuals who commit to earning a Professional Certificate
  • Teams of three or more attending from the same organization
  • CSCR Corporate Sponsors and other affiliated groups (with valid discount code)

After registration, you will receive access to your personal learning portal. There you can find the following information:

  • Pre-program assignments, which prepare you for the program before the start date
  • A list of program faculty and fellow registered participants
  • Travel coordination and support, if applicable


If an accepted Penn State Executive Programs applicant finds it necessary to transfer to another session of the same program, one transfer will be allowed with no charge if arranged more than six (6) weeks prior. Additional transfers, transfers to a different program, or transfers arranged less than six (6) weeks prior incur a charge of 10% of the current program fee.

The sponsoring company may identify a replacement candidate, but the replacement candidate must be accepted for the program through an admissions review.


The following refunds will apply for withdraws if Penn State Executive Programs is notified in writing within the time period stated:

  • Full refund with notification received more than six (6) weeks prior to start of the program
  • 50% refund with notification received between two (2) and six (6) weeks before the start of the program.
  • No refund with notification received two (2) weeks or less prior to the start of program.

Note: The registered participant or their agent must confirm all notification of withdrawals, transfers and substitutions in writing. If written notification is not received, the full program fee will be assessed.


The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges by airlines or travel agencies. In the case of postponement, as an alternative to a refund, program fees may be transferred to another session of that program.

If you have any questions or concerns about our cancellation policy, please contact us to discuss further.