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 500 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.

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: $4,800
  • Alumni: $3,840
  • Corporate Rate: $23,500 

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

Photo of Farzad Mahmoodi
Professor of Operations & Information Systems / Joel Goldschein '57 Chair in Supply Chain Management
Photo of Dennis Yu
Associate Professor of Operations & Information Systems