Global Supply Chain Management Program

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Course Date

STARTS ON

August 11, 2022

Course Duration

DURATION

6 weeks, online
4-6 hours per week

Course Fee

Overview

An effective supply chain plays a critical role in the success of any business. In today’s highly competitive marketplace, a well-managed global supply chain can be the key advantage that helps win and retain customers. Therefore, it becomes crucial to develop a key understanding of how supply chains can be developed and maintained to not only optimize operational efficiency but also safeguard the business from sudden risks and challenges.

3 in 4

CEOs are digitizing their supply chains, using advances in technology to expand the frontier of sustainability.

Source: Accenture

64%

of supply chain executives report the pace of digital transformation is accelerating.

Source: Accenture

49%

of CEOs report companies are coping with supply chain disruptions as a result of extreme weather occurrences.

Source: Accenture

Wharton's six-week online Global Supply Chain Management Program provides a comprehensive understanding of today's global supply chain challenges. Participants will learn how supply chains have reacted to global stresses and develop an action plan to reimagine the current global supply chain based on identified opportunities for improvement. Wharton's world-renowned faculty provides expert instruction regarding the frameworks, skills, and capabilities required to coordinate and integrate global logistics, purchasing, operations, and market channel strategies — and do so in a way that is socially and environmentally responsible.

Program Topics

This six-week program includes the following modules:

Module 1:

Reviewing the Global Supply Chain Management Landscape

Learn about the role and impact of the global supply chain, as well as how to evaluate the operational efficiency of an organization's supply chain using a strategic framework.

Module 2:

Optimizing Supply Chain Roles and Relationships

Participate in a simulation activity called the Root Beer Game that examines supply chain roles and functions through a phenomenon known as the bullwhip effect.

Module 3:

Managing Global Sourcing

Examine current trends and challenges in global sourcing and apply what you've learned through key sourcing decisions based on a case study.

Module 4:

Global Supply Chain Risk

Use a risk management framework and maturity model to assess and mitigate supply chain risks in global organizations.

Module 5:

Managing a Socially and Environmentally Responsible Global Supply Chain

Through interviews with industry experts, learn best practices for managing a global supply chain that is socially and environmentally responsible.

Module 6:

Digital Trends in Global Supply Chain Management

Explore the latest technical developments in global supply chain operations, including an analytics framework that can transform an organization's digital capabilities.

Module 1:

Reviewing the Global Supply Chain Management Landscape

Learn about the role and impact of the global supply chain, as well as how to evaluate the operational efficiency of an organization's supply chain using a strategic framework.

Module 4:

Global Supply Chain Risk

Use a risk management framework and maturity model to assess and mitigate supply chain risks in global organizations.

Module 2:

Optimizing Supply Chain Roles and Relationships

Participate in a simulation activity called the Root Beer Game that examines supply chain roles and functions through a phenomenon known as the bullwhip effect.

Module 5:

Managing a Socially and Environmentally Responsible Global Supply Chain

Through interviews with industry experts, learn best practices for managing a global supply chain that is socially and environmentally responsible.

Module 3:

Managing Global Sourcing

Examine current trends and challenges in global sourcing and apply what you've learned through key sourcing decisions based on a case study.

Module 6:

Digital Trends in Global Supply Chain Management

Explore the latest technical developments in global supply chain operations, including an analytics framework that can transform an organization's digital capabilities.

Who Is This Program For?

The Global Supply Chain Management Program is designed to provide fresh insights into a rapidly changing supply chain ecosystem—and help translate those insights into action. This course is for people who:

  • Seek to identify trends, new avenues, and opportunities to reinvent your organization's present global supply chain management
  • Are interested in learning the competitive advantages of socially and environmentally sustainable supply chains and incorporating them into their corporate strategies
  • Want to adopt an analytical approach to improving supply chain efficiency and creating better business output
  • Are looking to bring about a digital transformation in their organization's supply chain management techniques and processes

Program Features

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Root Beer Game

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Risk Management Maturity Model

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Decision Tree Model

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Strategic Fit Framework

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Global Supply Chain Analytics Framework

Case Studies

Global Supply Chain Management Program draws on real-world case studies to illustrate how organizations are actually meeting the challenges of a volatile, interconnected global supply chain.

Featured case studies include:

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Zara

This apparel retailer resolved supply chain challenges that resulted from integrating ecommerce with its traditional sales channels.

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Tetra Pak

This packaging supplier and equipment vendor made supply chain digitalization a key component of its digital transformation program.

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SolarBack

This global company solved sourcing challenges involving innovative photovoltaics for its product line.

Program Experience

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Live Sessions

Gauge your progress with a live faculty check-in.

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Guest Speakers

Hear from global experts on today's most pressing supply chain challenges.

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Discussions

Exchange insights with other participants each week and apply what you've learned to real-world scenarios.

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Industry Examples

Examine case studies of how successful organizations are adapting to an ever-changing global supply chain.

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Polls

Get a panoramic view of the perspectives, assumptions, and pain points that fellow participants are experiencing.

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Simulations

Gain insights into supply chain dynamics by playing the Root Beer Game.

Program Faculty

Gad Allion

Gad Allon

Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Director, Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, the Wharton School

Gad Allon teaches courses on scaling operations and operations strategy and has been an innovative leader in many educational technology initiatives. He is the co-founder of ForClass, a platform that enables professors to drive higher student engagement and accountability in their classrooms... More info

Santiago Gallino

Santiago Gallino

Charles W. Evans Distinguished Faculty Scholar; Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Santiago Gallino studies both digital transformation and supply chain issues in retail. Professor Gallino has researched with and consulted for numerous organizations. In his research, he uses field data and econometric tools to study existing supply chain practices as well as operational improvements... More info

Guest Speakers

Jun Li

Jun Li

Associate Professor of Technology and Operations; Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Jun Li is an associate professor of technology and operations at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. She conducts research on empirical operations management and business analytics, spanning revenue management and pricing, health care management, supply chain risks, corporate social responsibility, and public sector operations. Professor Li specializes in causal inferences and structural estimation and in integrating economic modeling with statistical inferences. She has worked closely with airlines, hotels, retailers, and marketplace platforms to analyze user data and implement new pricing or inventory strategies. She holds a PhD in managerial economics and management science from Wharton and a bachelor's degree in operations research and industrial engineering from Tsinghua University, China.

Doug Freeman

Doug Freeman

Outdoor Industry and Apparel Expert

Doug Freeman has more than 30 years of experience in global supply chain operations management. He served as Sourcing Manager, Asia, at Patagonia before becoming the organization's chief operating officer, a role he held for almost 15 years.

Earlier in his career, Doug was the vice president of production and sourcing at Sport Obermeyer, sourcing director at the North Face, and sourcing manager at Nautica. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

Edwin Keh

Edwin Keh

CEO, the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

In his 10 years as head of this prestigious global institution, Edwin has focused on bringing innovation and sustainability to supply chain management. His goal is to help the textiles and apparel industry transition from the industrial age to the knowledge age.

Before joining the institute, Edwin spent two years as the senior vice president and chief operating officer of global procurement at Walmart. He is a lecturer at the Wharton School, focusing on global supply chain operations, sustainability, and decision-making frameworks.

Pernille Spiers-Lopez

Pernille Spiers-Lopez

International Corporate and Nonprofit Leader; Co-Founder of Good Life Designed

An international business leader with more than 20 years of experience, Pernille is the author of Design Your Life, a book that encourages people to challenge assumptions about success.
Pernille, a native of Denmark, is the former president and CEO of IKEA North America. She currently serves as a corporate director for both Meijer and ECCO Shoes, the board chair at Homeboy Industries, and a board member at BurnAlong. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Danmarks Journalisthøjskole.

Certificate

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Certificate

Get recognized! Upon successful completion of the program, the Wharton School grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants.

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