The growing global economy has redefined the dynamics of competition for modern organizations. With product life cycles shortening and worldwide rivalries increasing, success depends on effective global supply chain management—being able to deliver the right product to the right market at the right time.

The complexity involved in managing supply chains that span continents and dominate markets demands strategies and systems that are agile, adaptable, and aligned. Taught by world-renowned thought leaders in the field, this program gives you the tools you need to create and manage market-leading global supply chains.

Program tuition includes private accommodations, all meals, and course materials.

Program Overview

Strategies and Leadership in Supply Chains focuses on the innovative ways in which organizations can leverage the supply chain to create and capture the most value. Particular emphasis is placed on the cross-functional coordination and collaboration that are necessary to drive supply chain excellence, especially in the context of established and emerging economies. Areas that will be explored in detail include points of supply and demand, global supply chains, sustainability, advanced technologies, and market implications. By integrating ideas from the latest research with best practices, participants learn how to structure the supply chain so it can influence the strategic and organizational direction of their company.

Faculty Director
Other Faculty
Hau L. Lee

Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology; Director of the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum; Director of the Strategies and Leadership in Supply Chains Executive Program

Hau Lee's research focuses on supply chain management, work that addresses how to get products or services to their destination by managing the flow of materials, information, and money. His research has resulted, among other things, in the building of computer models for industrial implementation, as well as in the development of strategies and operational concepts for practitioners.

Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership, Strategy, and Organizations; Codirector of the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization; Affiliated Faculty, Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Professor of Electronic Business and Commerce,and Management Director of the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum

Jagdeep and Roshni Singh Professor of Operations, Information and Technology; Codirector of the Stanford-National University of Singapore Executive Program in International Management

Join faculty director Hau Lee and past participants to learn about how this program gives you the tools you need to create and manage market-leading global supply chains.
Stanford's Strategies and Leadership in Supply Chain
Join faculty director Hau Lee and past participants to learn about how this program gives you the tools you need to create and manage market-leading global supply chains.
Key Takeaways
  • Supply chain strategies to create a competitive edge
  • New business strategies for value creation
  • Approaches to leadership that can transform the supply chain to new levels of excellence, including both the enterprise itself as well as supply chain partners

Highlighted Sessions

The Triple-A Supply Chain: Agility, Adaptability, and Alignment
In a global market, companies are faced with diverse customers in geographically distributed markets with very different needs, from highly uncertain market conditions and changing tastes and technologies to the dependency of supply chain partners in the delivery of goods and services. Given such challenges, companies need to be agile and flexible to respond to market uncertainties, adapt to systemic changes in demand and supply patterns, and align the incentives of supply chain partners. This is what the AAA of Agility, Adaptability, and Alignment is about. Together these capabilities form the basis upon which superior value can be created in your supply network.

Managing New Product Introductions
New product introduction as a means to compete in a market is not easy. In what dimensions do you want to compete, how do you foresee the responses from the incumbent, how do you ensure that the introduction is smooth without ramp-up problems, and how do you garner the support of your supply network partners?

Adaptive Supply Chain Design
A supply chain leader is one who innovates. Innovation can take place in the business process and associated supply chain model, and Crocs is such an example. It defied the shoe industry norm and created a new way to run its supply chain. It took advantage of the strengths of its supply chain partners and business environments, and adapted the supply chain design based on the changing needs and the capabilities of its partners. While hugely successful, it is facing new challenges, which may require new innovations to sustain its competitiveness in the market.

Other Selected Sessions

  • Building socially responsible and sustainable supply chains
  • Value-creating supply chains
  • Using advanced technologies for supply chain innovation
  • Information-smart supply chains and "sense and respond" strategies
  • Cross-functional coordination and collaboration for supply chain excellence
  • Leveraging emerging economies as both supply and demand points of the global supply chain

Who Should Attend?

Functional executives and general managers who have strategic responsibilities for supply chain management, manufacturing, operations, logistics, distribution, or procurement will benefit from this program. The program is also appropriate for individuals whose functional areas and responsibilities are directly involved in and/or affected by the supply chain process. It is appropriate for any organization facing the challenges of managing complex global supply chains.
SAMPLE Participant Mix
This course provided a very good overview of how supply chain fits into the general corporate strategy and what actions are needed to be a supply chain leader in our industry.
– David Stafford
Chief Operating Officer
Michelin Americas Research Company
Excellent program, well organized. I liked the focus on leadership and strategy.
– Charles Nardoni
Vice President
The Walt Disney Company
Too often, these seminars start off fast and slow down—not this one! Best I've been to.
– John Piatak
Sr. Manager
Applied Materials
World Class' is the only way I can describe the course. The faculty, facilities, and curriculum vastly exceeded my expectations! I am leaving Stanford with concepts, practices, examples, and friendships that will have value immediately and for years to come. Every concept presented has relevance and opens the mind to the reality that supply chain is the battleground of the E-revolution and the 21st century.
– Robert Spiel
Logistical Analyst
Hewlett-Packard Company


Stanford University
The Stanford campus is world renowned for its natural beauty, Spanish mission-style architecture, and temperate climate. With more than 8,180 acres (3,310 hectares), Stanford's campus ranks as one of the largest in the United States. Participants in Stanford's Executive Programs become part of a quintessential university setting, residing together, walking or biking to classes, and enjoying access to Stanford University facilities.
The Knight Management Center
Opened in spring 2011, the Knight Management Center has transformed the Stanford Graduate School of Business into a vibrant and unified indoor-outdoor, living and learning community. Participants will take classes at this new state-of-the-art campus, which features tiered classrooms with extensive floor-to-ceiling glass, the latest in audiovisual technology, numerous breakout and study rooms, outdoor seating areas to encourage informal discussion, and an open collaboration lab that employs hands-on and design thinking techniques.
Schwab Residential Center
Designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta, the Schwab Residential Center gives residents ample privacy while promoting collegial interaction through shared lounges, outdoor meeting areas, a library, and an exercise room.


Laura Moore
Associate Director, Programs and Marketing
Phone: +1.650.723.6641