Strategic Supply Chain Management


Many businesses are reconfiguring their supply chains to reduce costs, improve quality, provide more customized product and service offerings, and quicken response to customer needs. This two-day interactive workshop – which is also valuable for start-up companies – is focused on global best practices in supply chain integration, as well as how to organize and implement improvement efforts.

Case study examples and a hands-on simulation game will enhance learning as participants are exposed to numerous tools and techniques for redesigning and managing more dynamic supply chains that thrive in challenging global business contexts. It covers traditional within-firm improvement strategies, as well as inter-firm improvement strategies to ensure a coordinated response.

Topics include:

  • Supply chain strategy and organizing for supply chain improvements
  • Integrated design of products, services and processes
  • Supply chain reconfiguration
  • Collaborative forecasting, inventory management and operations
  • Design of distribution systems and advances in logistics
  • Purchasing initiatives: Strategic sourcing and e-procurement
  • Supply chain continuous improvement
  • Career pathways in supply chain management and obtaining professional certifications from American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

This workshop is ideal for managers involved in business strategy, marketing, sales and distribution, design, manufacturing, engineering, purchasing/materials management, logistics and transportation, production planning and control, quality management, cost and financial accounting, and information systems. It has been presented numerous times, and attended by executives from multinational firms such as Philips, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Chartered Semiconductor, Siemens, Cummins, Tata Motors and Bharat Petroleum. Professionals from retail, logistics service providers, shipping companies, freight forwarders and distributors have also attended.

Prerequisite: None

Class Dates: May 8th and May 9th
Class Times: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Course Schedule:

Start Date: 05/08/2018
Venue: UB's Technology Incubator / Baird Research Park
Suite 105

Instructor Bio: Nallan Suresh, PhD

Nallan Suresh, a UB Distinguished Professor, is chair of the School of Management’s Operations Management and Strategy department and an associate director of UB’s Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics. His specializations are Lean manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management. Prior to his academic work, Suresh was an information systems manager in the automotive components manufacturing industry. He has conducted training programs for managers in many countries in North America, Europe and Asia.

Strategic Supply Chain Management

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