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Executive Education Course on Leading Digital Supply Chain Transformation in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Learn the fundamentals of making strategic supply chain decisions with digital transformation, societal and political shifts, and business model innovations including leadership skills, frameworks, and tools for championing these decisions with top management.

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Executive Education Course on Leading Digital Supply Chain Transformation in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Learn the fundamentals of making strategic supply chain decisions with digital transformation, societal and political shifts, and business model innovations including leadership skills, frameworks, and tools for championing these decisions with top management.

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About This Course:

  • University: University of Texas McCombs School of Business and Boston University’s Questrom School of Business

  • Price: $2,999

  • Length: 6 Weeks

  • Effort: 3-5 Hours Per Week

  • Language: English

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Pricing:
$2,999

Length:
6 Weeks

Effort:
3-5 Hours Per Week

Language:
English

Course Overview:

Supply chain management is the base upon which the success of all business models is built. In an era of increasing technological, societal, and political disruptions, leadership in the digital transformation of an organization’s supply chains is crucial to thriving in the rapidly changing global economy.

This course will teach you the hard and soft skills needed to harness the intertwined trends of digital technology (artificial intelligence, automation, and blockchain), societal transformation (pandemics, sustainability & inclusiveness, and virtual work), and supply chain capabilities (resiliency, transparency, and responsiveness) that provide supply chain value to your customer. You will also learn how to champion supply chain strategy in the C-suite to continuously improve your business model, leveraging data-driven decision making, collaborative scenario planning, and risk management. Special attention will be given to new business models including omnichannel, platforms, and open innovation.

Learn from the award-winning faculty of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and Boston University’s Questrom School of Business using cutting-edge approaches such as collaborative learning projects, “management flight simulators,” and real-world industry experts’ points of view. This course will build your capabilities to bring transformative supply chain management into the C-suite.

A Different Approach:

  • Acquire critical skills and develop a comprehensive plan to drive transformative change for your organization’s supply chain in order to respond effectively to the disruptions of today and in the future.
  • Access and engage in “management flight simulations where you will be able to systematically experiment with parameters to create outcomes, engage in various scenarios that test the implications of different decisions and business model configurations, and build communications plans for engaging leadership at your organization.
  • Learn directly from and interact with award-winning faculty of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, and augment your lessons with live Q&As real-world industry experts.
  • Invite to a private Alumni Network on LinkedIn accessible only for those that complete the course, serving as a learning community to connect with other industry leaders who have participated. The top 5 projects from each course session will also be promoted in this community.

Course Curriculum

Week 1:  Snap Back Issues - Will Business Models Change Post-COVID? Broader Societal Changes?

  • Issues:  Would your organizations’ business model be disrupted in the face of post-COVID trade conflicts (e.g., Reshoring? Last Mile delivery shifts?), virtual work, B2C/B2C demand shifts, demand of inclusiveness etc? Will these changes create demand for supply chain driven digital thinking in the C-Suites? Will the resulting digital transformation move supply chain work from costs and back office to value creation and end customer visibility?
  • Flight-Simulator Based Learning:  Soft and hard skills needed to manage demand bullwhips created by snap back issues.

Week 2:  Scenario Driven Design of Business & Value Delivery Models and Platform Thinking

  • Issues:  Tradeoffs and benefits associated with collaborative scenario planning; framework for assessing and integrating business and value delivery models. Platform thinking and integration pitfalls during digital transformation of supply chains.
  • Flight-Simulator Based Learning:  Soft and hard skills around scenario planning in platform-based supply chains.

Week 3:  Resilience, Agility, and Customer Visibility

  • Issues:  Just in Case thinking, and customer visibility as a key decision dimensions in setting up resilient supply chains. Agile work and modular digital analytics, as cross-organizational vehicles for rapid experimentation and market adaptations.
  • Flight-Simulator Based Learning:  Soft and hard skills around implementing resilience and agile practices in supply chains.

Week 4:  Global Trade, Sourcing and Metrics Driven Management

  • Issues:  Design of sourcing, M&A and joint development mechanism to account for emergent trends in global sourcing (near shoring, partial sourcing, etc) in the face of COVID like disruptions and trade conflict; data and metric driven management of supply chain contracts and relations.
  • Flight-Simulator Based Learning:  Soft and hard skills around relationship-based design of supply chains.

Week 5:  Stake Holder Capitalism, Sustainability, and Equity

  • Issues:  A broader view of stakeholder interests in the design and business and delivery models including issues such as sustainability, inclusiveness, and capital market trends.
  • Flight-Simulator Based Learning: Delivery of course long project based on the integration of work done during weeks 1-4.

Week 6:  Emerging Frontiers

  • Issues:  How to track and assess emergent digital and organizational technologies that may shape your business and value delivery models? How to shape careers in light of such emergent technology changes?
  • Flight-Simulator Based Learning:  Feedback on course long project work; Impact on career choices.

Meet Your Instructors:

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Edward Anderson

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Wright, Jr. Centennial Professor for the Management of Innovative Technology

Edward Anderson is Wright Centennial Professor for Management of Innovative Technology at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Anderson researches supply chain management innovation, agile product development, and performance improvement in industries including smartphones, healthcare, and the Internet of Things. He is a Fellow of the Production and Operations Management Society and is the recipient of the Jay W. Forrester Research Award. He has been an editor for supply chain management, information systems, and public policy at top academic journals. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford and his Ph.D. in management from MIT. Prior to academia, Anderson was a practicing embedded software engineer in the automotive industry. He holds six industrial patents.

Nitin R. Joglekar

Nitin R. Joglekar

Associate Professor & Dean’s Research Fellow, Questrom School of Business, Boston University

Nitin R. Joglekar is on the faculty at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. His interests involve Digital Product Management Thinking (DPMT), agility and machine learning techniques in data products and innovation processes, and digitization of production and supply chain processes. He was the founding director of his schools’ online micro-master’s programs in Digital Leadership and Product Management. His consults and conducts funded research in the energy, healthcare, IT and high technology sectors. Prior to his academic career, he has overseen product management and supply chain functions at established firms and founded a venture capital backed software startup. He has served as an NSF expert panelist, and as a research lead on advanced manufacturing, supply chain and design issues for the World Economic Forum. He has been an editor for entrepreneurship, innovation, public policy and technology management departments at top journals.

What You'll Learn:

  • Business Model Innovation (Soft Skills): Making Supply Chain Value Visible to End Customers
  • Integration of Data and Metrics (Hard and Soft) Driven Supply Chain Decisions in Alternative Business Models 
  • Next Generation of Digital Technologies (e.g., Autonomous Delivery Mechanisms, Hyperloops, ML & AI, Virtual Work etc) 
  • Stakeholder Influence (Soft Skills): Making Supply Chain Value Visible to C-Suite Executives
  • Scenario Planning Methods for Assessment of Emergent Market and Societal Disruptions in Post-COVID World
  • Frameworks for Co-Development of Business Models and Digital Value Delivery Models

Prerequisites:

  • Understanding of supply chain basics (e.g., awareness of operating strategies)
  • Understanding of business strategy basics (e.g., value proposition, competitive landscape)
  • Familiarity with digital technology capabilities (e.g., integrated information systems, online models)

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Earn an Executive Education Certificate from UT Austin & Boston University

Participants who successfully complete this course will receive an official certificate, co-branded from UT Austin, Boston University, and edX. This achievement can easily be shared and showcased through integrations across LinkedIn and social networks.

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Who's this Program For?

This executive education course is designed for current and aspiring strategic supply chain leaders faced with the need to guide their organizations into the new normal of ongoing disruptions. COVID-19 has revealed the fragility of current business models as well as opportunities for transforming them into engines of growth that can proactively exploit new opportunities created by disruptions such as pandemics, trade disputes and realignment, and societal shifts. As a senior leader running supply chain at your organization, this course will give you the strategies and frameworks to create a new business model integrating technology, resiliency, technology, and equity that makes supply chains core to your organization's value proposition. You will also learn to integrate marketing, strategy, and social responsibility into your business model, and, leveraging data, advocate for it into the C-suite. 

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