Supply chain management has gained tremendous momentum over the past decade and is rightfully seen as a competitive imperative in today's far-reaching and increasingly more complex supply networks. However, moving on from the old era of functional excellence to state of the art supply chain management practice requires executive understanding of how integrated supply chains can delight customers, how to overcome adverse supply chain dynamics and organizational barriers, as well as how to preserve superior supplier relationships. Advancing supply chain management can deliver dramatic results; it can put you ahead or leave you behind of competition.
The course will use a combination of cases from various industries, a simulation exercise, lectures and group discussions to best augment your understanding of key concepts and to gain appreciation of how the concepts can be successfully implemented. It will provide guidelines on questions such as: Why does an integrated view of the supply chain matter to today’s companies? How to align their strategy and their supply chain? How to make good use of information flows? How to manage financial flows? What is the best inventory policy and what are the main trade-offs? How to best adapt the supply chain portfolio to a company’s context? How to react to implementation difficulties?