Optimizing Your Global Supply Chain


In our hyper-competitive world of international business, building, managing and sustaining a global supply chain is critical. Regular supply chain issues must be addressed in innovative ways. There are a number activities companies should focus on in order to optimize their supply chains. These include properly controlling costs, mitigating supply chain risk and complexity, pursuing cross-functional alignment, and attracting and retaining appropriate talent.

Although sound supply chain management practices are not always followed, crafting and executing a thoughtful supply chain strategy is critical--and the benefits are huge. A well-oiled supply chain can go a long way in enhancing global competitiveness and achieving higher profits. It could also be the difference between success and failure.

Learning Objectives:

  • Design and execute a sourcing strategy aligned with your firm's needs
  • Identify global sourcing drivers to support low-cost decisions
  • Recognize critical talent needs for new and seasoned supply chain professionals
  • Identify sources of supply chain risk and complexity and describe methodologies to mitigate it
  • Recognize the importance of supply chain innovation to a firm's survival

April 21 and 28, May 5
6-9 p.m. 

Total Seminar Hours: 9

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*USD alumni and students receive a 15 percent discount. Please contact Erin Kellaway, external relations manager, at ekellaway@sandiego.edu 

Seminar Leader

Joel SutherlandJoel Sutherland is managing director of the Supply Chain Management Institute and an adjunct professor in the School of Business at the University of San Diego. Previously, Sutherland was with Lehigh University and taught at the University of Southern California. Sutherland has more than 30 years of experience as a supply chain executive working for multi-billion dollar companies in various industries, including aerospace, automotive, paper, pharmaceutical, food and third-party logistics (3PL). He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Pepperdine University, has dozens of published papers and articles and is a popular speaker at industry meetings and universities around the world. He received a number of honors including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Distinguished Service Award; the Professional Achievement Award from Logistics Management magazine; recognition as a Top 20 Logistics Executive by CLO magazine and the Logistics and Supply Chain Forum; and honored as a Thought Leader by Supply Chain Quarterly and DC Velocity magazines.