Developing Strategic Supply Chain Leaders

Learn how to orchestrate supply chain speed, flexibility, and competitive differentiation. Develop a more innovative supply chain and get teams throughout your organization working toward the same goals.

Short Course

Developing Strategic Supply Chain Leaders


Learn how to orchestrate supply chain speed, flexibility, and competitive differentiation. Develop a more innovative supply chain and get teams throughout your organization working toward the same goals.

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Current Offerings


Oct 28, 2024


Oct 31, 2024


October 28-31, 2024: 8:30-11:45am Eastern


Live Remote


Who Should Attend

  • This program benefits upper-middle and senior-level leaders responsible for the development and management of supply chain strategy.
    • Global Supply Chain Director
    • Director of Sales
    • Senior Supply Chain Analyst
    • Sales & Operations Planning Manager
    • Executive Manager, Purchasing, Warehousing, and Inventories

Program Benefits

  • Improve your ability to:
    • Develop supply chain systems that are aligned with organizational strategy
    • 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

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
    • Strategic implications of emerging markets and technologies

  • 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
    • 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 supply chain technologies: mobility, digitization, automation
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Value For You and Your Organization

Strategy and execution are interrelated and at the heart of a leader’s role. A good strategy—well-executed—is more productive than a brilliant strategy haphazardly executed. This program helps leaders to understand the forces of competition and the ability to plan and optimize systems and processes for advantage in the marketplace.

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 who have led significant change within the private and public sectors will provide models and frameworks to help you transform vision into and action plan for 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. Customize 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.