Earlier this month, Clarkson University’s Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) program presented its 19th annual Executive Seminar, delivering state-of-the-art education to corporate professionals.
“We are pleased that our executive seminar continues to attract supply chain professionals from several highly respected global companies,” said Professor Farzad Mahmoodi, the Joel Goldschein '57 Endowed Chair in Global Supply Chain Management and director of the program. “It’s a strong endorsement of the quality of our faculty and the relevance of our curriculum.”
The annual, four-day, on-campus program attracted participants from Stanley Black & Decker, Toyota, Raymond Corporation, Lutron Electronics, Tapecon, O-At-Ka Milk Products, Momentive, Charlotte’s Web, Par Technology, and Irving Consumer Products.
The participants came to Clarkson from Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
In addition to lectures by faculty experts, the seminar utilized a highly interactive format that employs team and hands-on activities, including simulations and negotiations exercises. Participants also benefited from networking opportunities with industry professionals and Clarkson faculty.
“We incorporate the latest trends and technologies into our curriculum so we continue to develop leaders who understand how each process works, who recognize the potential of disruptive technologies, and, most importantly, who understand how to integrate each function into the overall supply chain system for superior performance,” said Professor Mahmoodi.
Seminar topics included emerging trends and proven strategies in GSCM, measuring supply chain financial performance, inventory management and logistics strategies, global sourcing and supply chain integration, coping with supply chain disruptions, aligning supply chain incentives, negotiations in supply chain management, and disruptive technologies in the supply chain.
Since the seminar began in 2001, more than 600 executives, managers, directors and consultants from 45 states and four continents have attended, representing more than 85 globally recognized corporations, including about 35 Fortune 500 companies. The seminar’s 2019 corporate sponsors were Stanley Black & Decker, Toyota, and Raymond Corporation.
Faculty at this year’s seminar included Clarkson faculty Dennis Yu, Zhaleh Semnani-Azad, and Farzad Mahmoodi; Heimo Losbichler (Steyr University, Austria), Mike Wasserman (Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany); and Mike Prado (VP of Supply Management- Stanley Black & Decker). Sue Wood served as the seminar coordinator.