Supply Chain Management

Strategy and planning for effective operations

In this focused program, you’ll take a proven, interdisciplinary approach — incorporating management, strategy, marketing and decision sciences — to designing and managing your supply chain. Guided by senior Kellogg faculty experts, you and your fellow participants will explore state-of-the-art models and solutions to the real-world challenges of managing facilities, logistics, inventories, transportation, information, outsourcing, complex networks and more.

You’ll develop new skills for integrating your supply chain into a coordinated system and learn how to identify supply chain risks and design mitigation strategies. You’ll leave equipped with new knowledge and tools for integrating strategy, planning and operations to increase service levels and reduce costs.


VIDEO: Learn more from Academic Director Sunil Chopra

Who Should Attend

  • Senior and mid-level managers and consultants responsible for domestic and international supply chain and logistics systems
  • 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
  • Managers who want to gain a deeper understanding of the role supply chains play in a company’s overall business strategy

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Key Benefits

  • Design supply chains that improve profitability
  • Use product design, strategic sourcing and contracts to most efficiently match supply and demand
  • Build and maximize supply chain coordination and collaboration
  • Identify supply-chain risks and design risk-mitigation strategies
  • Explore purchasing, production and distribution strategies for a global environment

Program Content

Link Between Supply Chain Strategy and Structure

  • Identify drivers of supply chain performance
  • Link the structure of these drivers to the success of supply chain strategy

Supply Chain Network Design

  • Identify trade-offs in supply chain network design
  • Discuss approaches to account for uncertainty and risk when designing networks

Supply Chain Coordination and Integration

  • Discuss causes of information distortion in the supply chain
  • Identify suitable countermeasures to coordinate the supply chain

Managing Inventory in a Supply Chain

  • Discuss mechanisms to reduce cycle inventory without hurting cost
  • Identify approaches to reduce safety inventory without hurting product availability

Purchasing and Sourcing In a Supply Chain

  • Discuss frameworks for outsourcing and extracting value from procurement
  • Analyze strategies for pricing and auctions during procurement

Managing Risk in a Global Supply Chain

  • Analyze sources of supply chain risk and explore strategies to help mitigate risk
  • Incorporate reputational risk into supply chain design


Sunil Chopra - Academic Director; IBM Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems; Professor of Operations

Anne Coughlan - Emeritus 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

What Participants Say

“I was weary of the cost, but even after the first day of class I knew the value and ROI. I love the Kellogg Exec Education approach and hope to take another session in the future.”

Participant, Live Virtual Program

“I have done a number of the Kellogg programs and I found this to be the best of those that I have done. This is due to the excellent presentation of the materials and the clear focus on the practical application of strategic thinking. It was very enjoyable.”

Participant, Live Virtual Program

“I actually preferred the virtual format as it is far more efficient. Travelling to Evanston from Trinidad is not enjoyable or productive, and this format has made it very possible to work around the course. In future, I hope there will be more virtual programs; as I think they would be a great option for our employees.”

Participant, Live Virtual Program

“I realize this was your first virtual synchronous learning class, but it was extremely well planned and executed. I felt the class participation was the highest that I have ever experienced. The ability to chat, raise hand, and verbally discuss questions offered the right mix for communication within the class. I would definitely be interested in future virtual classes, as I think they offer a tremendous learning opportunity in a remote setting. Thanks for offering this course with this technology. If it would have been traditional, it would have been difficult for me to attend.”

Participant, Live Virtual Program

“The Supply Chain Management [program] gave me a wide vision on planning and strategic thinking with theories and models that can be easily adopted and implemented in our tower industry in Brazil.”

Asian Supply Chain Manager, SRAM

“There are many moments throughout the [program, in which] you are really forced to think about how your supply chain is designed versus how it should be.”

Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Exactech

“I had no experience or education in this field prior to this class. After, I'm able to comprehend my company's structure and have the framework to adapt to change.”

Supply Chain Manager, American Tower Corp.

Personal Consultation

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2024 Sessions

October 21-25, 2024

Start: October 21 at 8:30 AM

End: October 25 at 1:45 PM

Format: Live Virtual Program


Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208