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Supply Chain Management: Strategy and Planning for Effective Operations

Integrate Strategy, Planning, and Operations

Professor Sunil ChopraTaught by leading authorities on management, strategy, marketing and decision sciences, this program offers an interdisciplinary approach to managing supply chains and leading effective operations. Faculty present state-of-the-art models and real-world case studies on managing facilities, inventories, transportation, information, outsourcing, strategic partnering and more.

You will learn effective strategies for managing logistics and operating complex networks. You’ll develop new skills for integrating your supply chain into a coordinated system. You’ll gain practical tools for increasing service levels and reducing costs. And you’ll be inspired to redesign your operations for peak performance.

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
    $6,300
    [+]
    June 9-12, 2015
    Fee includes lodging and most meals
  • Apply Online
    $6,300
    [+]
    April 12-15, 2016
    Fee includes lodging and most meals
  1. Senior- or mid-level managers or consultants responsible for domestic and international supply-chain and logistics systems
  2. Operations, purchasing, inventory control and transportation managers who want to ensure high customer-service levels, low system-wide costs and smooth production with as little inventory as possible
  3. Managers who want to gain a deeper understanding of the role supply chains play in a company’s overall business strategy


In this course, you will:
  1. Design supply chains that improve 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
Link Between Supply Chain Strategy and Structure
  1. Identify drivers of supply chain performance
  2. Link the structure of these drivers to the success of supply chain strategy

Supply Chain Network Design
  1. Identify tradeoffs in supply chain network design
  2. Discuss approaches to account for uncertainty and risk when designing networks

Supply Chain Coordination and Integration
  1. Discuss mechanisms to reduce cycle inventory without hurting costs
  2. Identify approaches to reduce safety without hurting product availability

Purchasing and Sourcing In a Supply Chain
  1. Discuss frameworks for outsourcing and extracting value from procurement
  2. Analyze strategies for pricing and auctions during procurement
Managing Risk in a Global Supply Chain
  1. Analyze sources of supply chain risk and explore strategies to help mitigate risk
  2. Incorporate reputational risk into supply chain design
Sunil Chopra - Academic Director; IBM Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Anne Coughlan - Polk Bros. Chair in Retailing Professor of Marketing

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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