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Supply Chain Management: Strategy and Planning for Effective Operations

Integrate Strategy, Planning, and Operations

Professor Sunil ChopraCreate opportunities for revolutionizing your operations through increased efficiencies in the design and management of your supply chain. In this program, faculty present state-of-the-art models and practical tools for supply chain management and multi-plant coordination.

You will learn effective logistics strategies for companies operating complex networks and be inspired to integrate supply chain components into a coordinated system to increase service levels and to reduce costs. The effective management of facilities, inventories, transportation, information, outsourcing and strategic partnering to improve operational performance are presented with real-world case studies. Each participant receives the book, Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation.

Operations Management Week
In June of 2015, you may combine this program with our The Science of Lean Operations  program in Operations Management Week. When taken consecutively, these programs are offered at a 10-percent discount and provide an executive summary of the innovative approach to operations management used in the highly-acclaimed Kellogg MBA program.
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Upcoming Sessions

  • Apply Online
    March 1-4, 2015
    Fee includes lodging and most meals
  • Apply Online
    June 9-12, 2015
    Fee includes lodging and most meals
If you are a senior or mid-level manager or consultant responsible for domestic and international supply chain and logistics systems, this program is designed for you.

Operations, purchasing, inventory control, and transportation managers who want to ensure smooth production with as little inventory as possible, high customer service levels, and low system-wide cost are encouraged to attend.

You will also benefit from this program if you are a manager who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the role supply chains play in a company’s overall business strategy.
In this course, you will:
  1. Learn to design supply chains that improve supply-chain profitability
  2. Use product design, strategic sourcing and contracts to most efficiently match supply and demand
  3. Build and maximize supply-chain coordination and collaboration
  4. Identify supply-chain risks and design risk mitigation strategies
  5. Explore purchasing, production and distribution strategies for a global environment
Managing Inventory and Designing Logistics
  1. Identify performance drivers; impact of product life-cycle characteristics on the make/buy decision
  2. Manage demand uncertainty; risk pooling; multistage inventory systems; e-business and supply-chain inventories
  3. Reduce and control demand variability through product design, postponement and delayed differentiation

Supply Chain Coordination and Integration
  1. Discuss bullwhip effect, push versus pull and distribution strategies; impact of demand variability, lead times, and centralized decision making; role of the Internet in improving supply chain integration
  2. Review continuous replenishment; vendor-managed replenishments; third-party logistics

Purchasing and Sourcing In a Supply Chain
  1. Discuss frameworks for outsourcing; identify areas in which value can be extracted from procurement; understand auctions from the perspective of both buyers and sellers
  2. Participate in a sourcing simulation with a low cost and responsive supplier

Accurate Response in a Global Supply Chain
  1. Develop strategic sourcing for accurate response; design contracts and networks for accurate response
  2. Evaluate performance measures; global capacity as a real option; opportunities and pitfalls, local versus global suppliers, centralized versus local control; logistics network design

E-Commerce and the Supply Chain 
  1. Incorporate e-commerce into existing supply chains and identify opportunities and explore different business models from a supply-chain perspective

Supply Chain Risk
  1. Analyze sources of supply-chain risk and their impact on supply-chain performance; strategies to help mitigate supply-chain risk
Sunil Chopra - Academic Director; IBM Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems; Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

James P. Schummer - Associate Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Jan A. Van Mieghem - Harold L. Stuart Professor of Managerial Economics; Professor of Operations Management, Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Featured Faculty Video

  •   Professor Sunil Chopra: How market uncertainty and globalization impact supply chain models

What Past Participants Say

  • "I was able to immediately apply the learning obtained in this program to my global project. After re-evaluating the strategy, the project became profitable with almost no capital investment, an ROI in less than a year."
    - Engineer Coordinator-International Projects, Alberto Culver Company
  • "Excellent high-level view of what supply chain is, how it works, and where improvement opportunities reside."
    - Senior Consultant, Kepner-Tregoe, Inc.
  • "[This program] connects supply chain strategy to overall business strategy."
    - Director of Operations, Vision Point of Sale

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