Why Attend?

A Valuable Experience

Clarkson’s Global Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar has earned very strong participant evaluations in each of the past nine years it has been offered.  The success of this annual seminar is driven by an interdisciplinary systems approach to supply chain solutions.

Distinguished faculty with research and business experience in operations management, finance, economics, organizational behavior, and strategic management lead interactive sessions that will provide you with tools and perspectives that you immediately be able to apply in your work environment.

Past seminars have been attended by over 600 professionals from more than 80 globally recognized firms.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for middle- and high-level managers and consultants who would like to take advantage of supply chain integration to reduce cycle times, improve customer service, and reduce variation in their operations.

The program is especially beneficial for purchasing, inventory, materials, distribution, logistics, quality and marketing managers who are interested in ensuring smooth production with as little inventory as possible, high customer-service levels, and low system-wide costs.

"This program provided an excellent system level overview of the Global Supply Chain process."

Janine Collins, Procurement Engineering Senior Manager, Lockheed Martin

"Good to learn current trends and future direction of the industry. I had never heard of Clarkson before this seminar, and was surprised at the quality of the program."

Carsten Mitchell, Manager, Logistics & Production Planning Specialist, Toyota Industrial

Seminar Content

Introduction to Global Supply Chain Management
  • Significance and the Complexity of Global Supply Chain Management
  • Conflicting Objectives in the Supply Chain
  • "Best in Class" in Supply Chain Management
  • Typical Dilemmas Faced by Supply Chain Professionals
  • Principles of Supply Chain Management
  • Current Challenges Facing Supply Chain Managers 
Measuring the Supply Chain Financial Performance
  • Financial Performance and Value Drivers
  • Linking Supply Chain Management and Financial Performance
  • Identifying Initiatives That Drive Financial Performance the Most
  • Financial Impact of Working Capital Reductions
  • Emerging Trends
Inventory Management and Logistics Strategies
  • Role of Inventory in the Supply Chain
  • Inventory Models
  • Forecasting
  • Design for Supply Chain
  • Strategic Positioning of Safety Stocks
  • The Bullwhip Effect
  • Capacity Utilization, Lead Times, and Variablilty Trade-Offs
  • Emerging Trends
Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Integration
  • Strategic Sourcing Process
  • Sourcing Strategy: Kraljic's Supply Matrix
  • Integrated Supply Management
  • Outsourcing Benefits and Risks
  • Sourcing Strategy and Product Life Cycle
  • Global Sourcing
  • Recent Onshoring/Reshoring Trends
  • Components of Supply Chain Management Costs
  • Major Challenges in Supply Chain Integration and Possible Solutions
  • Emerging Trends
Coping with Supply Chain Disruptions
  • Supply Chain Risks
  • Assessment of Supply Chain Vulnerability
  • Mitigation Strategies and Contingency Planning
  • Building a Resilient Supply Chain
  • Application of Managing Disruptions
  • Emerging Trends
Mitigating Risk Through Contracting
  • Overview of Contracting Mechanisms
  • Improving Supply Chain Performance Through Contracting
  • Aligning the Incentives of the Supply Chain Partners
  • Practical Examples and Major Takeaways
  • Emerging Trends
Creating and Claiming Value in Supply Chain Negotiations
  • Understanding Power and Social Capital in Supply Chain Relationships
  • Leveraging the Human Dimensions of Supply Chains:  Perception, Influence, and Behavior
  • Hands-on Supply Chain Negotiation Exercise
  • Tangible Takeaways:  Tools for Effective Negotiations
Disruptive Technologies in the Supply Chain
  • Big Data Analytics: Changing How We Use Data
  • The Internet of Things: Changing Where Data Comes From
  • 3D/Additive Printing: Changing How We Build
  • Autonomous Vehicles: Changing How We Move
  • Key Lessons & Emerging Trends
Aligning Supply Chain Management with Corporate Strategy
  • Linking Supply Chain Strategies to Corporate Strategies
  • Supply Chain Management/Strategy Alignment Outcomes
  • Integrating Lessons Learned
  • Emerging Trends

Pricing and Program Features

Current Pricing

Our pricing structure has three competitively priced options depending on your affiliation with Clarkson.

  • Private individual: $4,900
  • Alumni: $3,920
  • Corporate Sponsorship: $24,000 

For the price of the seminar, each participant receives:

  • 16 interactive sessions led by distinguished faculty members
  • All seminar materials, including cases, articles and seminar notes with an electronic copy provided at the end of the seminar
  • Three nights accommodations at the Clarkson Inn
  • All meals, networking, events, and refreshments during breaks


Our Faculty

Farzad Mahmoodi

Farzad Mahmoodi is Joel Goldschein '57 Endowed Chair Professor in Supply Chain Management and the Director of Clarkson University’s nationally ranked Global Supply Chain Management Program. Dr. Mahmoodi has been actively involved in executive education and has served as a consultant for several Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. His research interests focus on design and control of manufacturing and logistics systems. He has published about 50 articles in a variety of edited books and leading journals, such as Decision Sciences, Journal of Operations ManagementEuropean Journal of Operational Research, and the International Journal of Production Research. Dr. Mahmoodi has been the recipient of several awards, including the Professor of the Year Award (MBA Program), the Commendable Leadership Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and the John W. Graham, Jr. Faculty Research Award. He serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Industrial Engineering and the International Journal of Integrated Supply Management. 

Heimo Losbichler

Heimo Losbichler is Professor of Finance and Department Chair of Finance at Steyr University, Austria. He is an elected member of the board of the International Controller Association. Dr. Losbichler's research and teaching interests include value-based management, financial performance analysis, activity based costing, and financial performance measurement within the supply chain. He has published his research in leading German academic and professional journals. Dr. Losbichler served as the CEO of Baudatentechnik GMBH (an Austrian IT company) for three years and has consulted extensively with several leading Austrian companies.

Dennis Yu

Dennis Yu is Associate Professor of Operations Management. Dr. Yu received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests include revenue management, risk management and product line design in supply chain management. He has published his research in leading academic journals such as Production and Operations Management, Computers and Operations Research,and Journal of the Operational Research Society. Dr. Yu is also involved in a research project on operations strategies funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

Stephen Sauer

Stephen Sauer is Associate Professor of Organizational Studies at Clarkson University’s School of Business.  His research interests focus on issues of leadership, influence, and status in team processes.  Dr. Sauer teaches courses in Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Negotiations at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He has also conducted a number of executive education and leadership effectiveness workshops and seminars.  Dr. Sauer received a PhD in Management and organizational Behavior from Cornell University.  Prior to embarking on an academic career, he worked as an organizational change consultant and as a plant manager, as well as serving for seven years as an officer in the US Army.

Mike Wasserman

Mike Wasserman is Associate Professor of Organizational Studies at Clarkson University.  Dr. Wasserman's research interests include the integration of technology and human capital into business strategy as well as the linkages among managerial thinking, technology architectures, and firm performance. His research has been published in a wide variety of leading journals, including the Journal of Supply Chain Management,Journal of Applied Psychology, and Human Performance. Dr. Wasserman has extensive experience teaching graduate courses in strategic and technology management.  He has consulted with, and provided corporate education for, a variety of organizations over the past 15 years.

"This seminar offers a unique blend of classroom learning with real-life experiences that will enable supply chain professionals to be more effective in their jobs."

Douglass Burgess, Vice President, Office/OEM Color, Xerox Corporation

"The Global Supply Chain Seminar provides useful information on all elements of supply chain management. The seminar also provides the forum for discussions pertaining to other industry supply chain practices. The interactions between the faculty and participants were very valuable."

Patricia Charles, Project Leader, GE Aircraft Engines