Penn State Executive Programs updates open enrollment programs in supply chain

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Based on extensive research conducted in 2013, Penn State Executive Programs has refined the curriculum of its entire supply chain portfolio, including the launch of two new programs.

Penn State Executive Programs — in a joint effort with Smeal’s Center for Supply Chain Research — set out to update and modernize its portfolio of open-enrollment supply chain management programs. By researching market trends, as well as seeking feedback from past program participants, faculty and top leaders in the supply chain industry, Penn State Executive Programs was able to implement many significant improvements to its portfolio.

"These changes will improve the learning experience by providing participants with an array of knowledge, skills and tools that can be applied immediately to drive performance and value within their organizations.”

-- Jeffrey L. Spearly, senior director of learning and development, Penn State Executive Programs

“The key goal of this effort was to ensure that our supply chain management programs are relevant and applicable to our clients’ professional development needs. These changes will improve the learning experience by providing participants with an array of knowledge, skills and tools that can be applied immediately to drive performance and value within their organizations,” said Jeffrey L. Spearly, senior director of learning and development for Penn State Executive Programs.

Spearly continued, “Our research verified that clients need tightly focused, immediately applicable programs with a learning experience that develops both leadership and technical competence.”

To meet these needs, Penn State Executive Programs revised its existing curriculum to focus content on generally accepted supply chain competencies with program content designed to enable participants see the inter-connectedness of their work and its impact on the overall strategic goals in the organization. In addition, by removing redundancy across the portfolio, Penn State was able to condense program length and reduce fees.

“Our research verified that clients need tightly focused, immediately applicable programs with a learning experience that develops both leadership and technical competence.”

Finally, clients noted a need for educational content in analytics and transportation. In response, Penn state Executive Programs has developed two new programs — Supply Chain Analytics and Transportation Operations and Sourcing. These new programs round out a series of seven programs offered in supply chain management and are scheduled for debut in early June on the University Park campus.

Certificates in Supply Chain Management and Leadership may be earned by completing a number of courses. In addition to supply chain management, 2014 offerings in leadership and strategy, finance and information technology will be available. For a full 2014 program schedule, visit www.smeal.psu.edu/psep/open.

About Penn State Executive Programs
As part of the Smeal College of Business, Penn State Executive Programs builds leadership and organizational capabilities to address pressing business challenges. Open-enrollment programs for executives are offered in areas such as strategy and leadership, supply chain management and finance. Penn State Executive Programs also partners with major multinational organizations to deliver customized learning solutions. Learn more at www.smeal.psu.edu/psep.

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Last Updated February 18, 2014