Supply Chain Excellence

Talent development, innovation, practices and methods to drive an efficient supply chain.


March 8-9, 2018


Course runs from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration fee includes course materials, campus parking and catered breakfast.


Contact Us

Maps & Directions

You can never deliver sustainable savings and create value through negotiation or economies of scale, because these approaches suffer from diminishing returns.  The only way to achieve sustainable savings and value creation is through innovation.  This requires buyers and suppliers work together in an environment that fosters creativity and continuous improvement better and faster than others.  Earning preferential treatment is THE prerequisite. Trust is THE differentiator.
- Joe Sandor

About the Program

Supply chain management involves the flow of materials, cash and information from the source of raw materials to end customers, and back. It is the cornerstone and basis of every company’s operations, and determines success in the marketplace. At Rady’s Institute for Supply Excellence and Innovation, we integrate issues from marketing (channels of distribution), logistics & fulfillment, procurement, supply and operations management to develop a broad understanding of supply chain management.

This program explains how supply chains really work, describes the major challenges in managing an efficient supply chain, and shares the key practices adopted by successful companies. In addition, we discuss various strategic and tactical supply chain issues such as planning, network design, distribution and fulfillment strategy, outsourcing, procurement and vendor selection, virtual integration, demand-supply management, and risk management.

Who Should Attend

Directors and Managers who want to understand the supply chain and lead their companies to higher levels of effectiveness and efficiency in today’s dynamic and changing environment.

Key Benefits

Participants can expect to enhance both their personal capabilities as well as contribute value to their business stakeholders. Attendees will leave with:

  • Topics relevant to today’s increasingly complex & competitive supply chain
  • Gain insights from industry thought leaders
  • Acquire ideas on innovation & improvements across different industries, with immediately-applicable leading practices for supply chain effectiveness and personal success
  • An understanding of the necessary decisions & their financial, operational & customer impacts across the supply chain
  • A network of peers within and across industries

Course Format and Content

The program will feature speakers with experience in a wide spectrum of companies – among them Teva, JLL, BP, Flex, Dell and Ernst & Young. Additionally, it will involve high-profile faculty members from Rady and Michigan State University. The program will span 2 days and uses a combination of presentations and discussion sessions among participants, industry experts and academic scholars.

March 8, 2018 –

Day 1: Industry Perspective

March 9, 2018 –

Day 2: Academic Perspective

The LIVING Supply Chain: The Evolving Imperative of Operating in Real Time

Demand-Supply Planning & Synchronization

Fostering Emerging Talent

Inventory Management, Deployment and Availability

Stakeholder Engagement: Ensuring Success in the Organization

Supply Management and Performance

Leveraging Suppliers for Maximum Benefit

Risk and Mitigation

The Anklesaria Total Cost Solution

Wrap up and Consolidation

Strategic Supply Chain Collaboration


Professor Hyoduk Shin: Dr. Shin holds a Ph.D. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Chicago.  He is a recipient of Lieberman Fellowship from Stanford University, and has numerous awards of Excellence in Teaching at Rady and Chairs’ Core Course Teaching Award at Kellogg.  His has been published in numerous journals, and his research interests include forecast information sharing and investment in supply chain management, competitive strategies under operational constraints, and the economics of information technology.

Professor Vish Krishnan: Dr. Krishnan holds a PhD in engineering from MIT and is currently Chaired Professor and a founding faculty at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Mgmt and a Visiting Professor at MIT.  Vish has also been a visiting Professor at the Harvard Business School, and has co-authored some of the most cited articles on the topics of innovation and growth strategy. He has been the winner of the Most Valuable Professor award with substantial industry and entrepreneurial experience.

Professor Terry August: Dr. August received his PhD from Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MS in financial mathematics from Stanford, and both MS and BE degrees in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt. He has worked in product development, manufacturing operations and software engineering for companies such as Clorox and Quickblocks. Currently, he co-directs the MS program in Business Analytics at Rady, and has been recognized by the UCSD Chancellor’s Associates with a faculty excellence award for graduate teaching

Christopher Gopal: Chris has over 35 years executive and consulting experience in Global Supply Chain & Operations, Technology and Innovation and is considered a global thought leader in the field. His Industry/executive positions have included VP positions in WW Operations at Dell Computer, Unisys and SAIC, and he was the Director and Senior Partner at Ernst & Young Global Supply Chain & Operations Consulting. His consulting clients have included major global companies, and he is the lead co-author of three books on Supply Chain & Operations Management. Chris was nominated to the 2015 and 2016 Supply Chain Guru panels for SC Digest. He holds a PhD from USC and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, UK.

Jimmy Anklesaria:  Jimmy is considered one of the world authorities in the field of Supply Chain Cost Management.  He has 40 years of executive, consulting and academic experience and has impacted the transformation of several Fortune 100 companies.  Jimmy has authored two of the leading books in Cost Management, “Zero Base Pricing”  and “Supply Chain Cost Management”.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, holds a law degree and an MBA from the University of San Diego.  Jimmy serves on the Board of several profit and non-profit organizations.