Executive Certificate in Supply Chain Leadership
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The “Executive Certificate in Supply Chain Leadership” is a 3-day program offered at your location at a special group tuition rate. This unique offering will bring our inspired brand of supply chain education to your group. Learn from our practitioner faculty who will examine best practices in both government and commercial supply chains.

The program covers the following main areas:

Supply Chain Strategy and Measuring Supply Chain Performance

a. Description: The session explores how supply chain strategy can improve overall operational effectiveness and efficiency. Different types of strategies and frameworks for evaluating your supply chain will be discussed and a DoD case study will be provided. The course will also identify key supply chain performance measures and how to use metrics to drive improvements. The session will also provide an overview of modern performance measurement and bench marking approaches. The session shows how to develop supply chain performance measurements that link corporate strategy with detailed operations, and shows how to move from measurement to continuous improvement. The session concludes with a discussion of the latest developments in supply chain performance measurement, including performance measurement technology and extending performance measurement to supply chain partners.

b. Outcomes:

  1. Develop a general understanding of supply chain strategies available in the DoD environment.
  2. Understanding supply chain measures and how to select measures that are most appropriate for various functional areas.

2. Inventory Management

a. Description: The session defines the role of inventory in supply chains, including economies of scale and buffering of uncertainty in demand and supply lead times. It will discuss how inventory placement enables the implementation of postponement strategies and their application in supply chain design. Learners will work with a simple but important methodology for determining optimal order quantities and level of product availability.

b. Outcomes:

  1. Identify the important functions and costs associated with inventory.
  2. Identify the different types of uncertainties within supply chains and explain how they affect decision making and performance.
  3. Explain the benefits of risk pooling in supply chain design and inventory management.
  4. Explain the concept of postponement and how it applies to supply chain design.

3. Demand Management and Forecasting

a. Description: The session will describe the role of forecasting in the supply chain process. Broad categories of forecasting methods and their strengths and weaknesses will be discussed. The session also discusses the strategies available to influence demand as organizations seek to dove-tail supply with demand.

b. Outcomes:

  1. Explain the value of forecasting within the supply chain process.
  2. Explain the main categories of forecasting methods and their general strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Be able to describe common demand management strategies.

4. Warehousing & Distribution

a. Description: This session will examine the activities, functions and best practices of warehousing and www.wright.edu/idse distribution. We will look at how the various functions of physical distribution, receiving, storage and warehousing are integral parts of any integrated supply chain management process. Through a review of material handling systems, facility layouts, material flows, designs and best practices we will be able to identify potential areas for improvement opportunities within the four walls. This session will illustrate how alternative management systems (IT and manual) can be utilized to support performance measurement efforts internally as well as throughout your supply chain, how various facility design, operational practices and material flow techniques can support organizational strategies and what state-of-art; systems, equipment, layouts and operational practices might be available and what value they could add to your operations.

b. Outcomes:

  1. Understand the critical role that warehousing& distribution plays in carrying out the supply chain mission
  2. Become familiar with the best practices in warehousing & distribution.
  3. Be introduced to current component parts of the warehousing & distribution activities: material handling equipment, systems and operational procedures.
  4. Understand the pros and cons of various equipment, systems and operational practices.
  5. Become familiar with common terminology and concepts in warehousing & distribution.
  6. Be able to understand the relationships between various warehousing & distribution methods and alternative supply chain management strategies.

5. Application of Supply Chain Management Principles

Carefully written case studies by IDSE faculty encourage the participants to apply all of the concepts learned in the sessions to a complex scenario in a time-constrained environment.  Supply chain leaders excel at processing dynamic and multi-attribute decision variables and this sessions pushes the limits of accelerated decision making in a supply chain context.

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