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08-20-2010

Clarkson University Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar Celebrates Decade of Success

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This month, the executive seminar presented by Clarkson’s nationally ranked program in Global Supply Chain Management celebrated its tenth year of success in delivering state-of-the-art education to corporate professionals. gscm2010

Since it was launched in 2001, the annual four-day, on-campus program has enjoyed rave reviews from participants. It has attracted more than 300 senior executives, directors, managers and consultants from 26 states and four continents representing nearly 60 major corporations, including about 30 Fortune 500 companies.

"Clarkson’s seminar takes the most relevant, dynamic and often misunderstood topics in supply chain management and presents them clearly and practically, with sensitivity to today’s business climate," said Lory Hammer-Young, operations manager at Sikorsky Aircraft (a United Technologies Company) following her participation in 2010.

"When we launched this seminar for mid- and senior-level working professionals who deal with global supply chain issues every day, we knew they would gain immediate benefits," said School of Business Dean Timothy F. Sugrue. "We give these executives and managers critical tools to enhance and streamline their business operations -- tools that enable them to implement and sustain an effective global supply chain."

The Seminar has attracted the sponsorship of leading corporations such as Accenture, Bank of America, Corning Inc., General Dynamics, General Electric, IBM, Saint-Gobain and Stanley Black & Decker.

"With the rapid globalization of the economy, intensifying competition, and proliferation of new technologies, our Executive Seminar is even more valuable today than when we started it ten years ago," says Farzad Mahmoodi, professor of operations and information systems and director of Clarkson’s Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) program.

Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top-20 program nationally since 2003, GSCM has become the University’s largest undergraduate business major at Clarkson, as well as the highest ranked program at the University. Graduate students may also earn Clarkson degrees through full-time, part-time and online master’s programs. GSCM topics are ideal for executive education, said Mahmoodi, because they focus precisely on complex challenges participants are actually facing.

"Our curriculum is effective and distinctive because it mirrors the intensive levels of cross-disciplinary integration vital for success in today’s corporations," Mahmoodi explained. "We tackle issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, so that the participants gain a comprehensive and integrated systems view across the entire organization."

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: This month, the executive seminar presented by Clarkson’s nationally ranked program in Global Supply Chain Management celebrated its tenth year of success in delivering state-of-the-art education to corporate professionals. Above, students participate in this summer’s seminar.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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