Core Topics

Impact of Globalization, Speed of Technological Change, and Strategic Agility

  • Discuss the impacts of globalization and the role of technology on macroeconomic and organizational changes.
  • Discuss the realities of the current global environment and the strategic challenges and priorities for logistics and supply chain management.
  • Explore the requirements of agility in the supply chain and the implications for the government.
  • Discuss the evolution of logistics and the shifting focus on performance from cost to agility.
  • Explore the implications and impacts of rapid change and use of technology for organizational strategies, structures, cultures, and capabilities.
  • Discuss strategic leadership, change management and the appropriate application of technology for success.
  • Explore private sector supply chain management (SCM) and its evolution as well as best strategic practices, innovations, and adaptations.

Organizational Transformation and Culture Change

  • Explore theories of organizational change and culture and how they affect the transformation process (case examples).
  • Increase participants’ awareness of the need for culture change and the barriers to organizational transformation.
  • Explore the implications of the organizational “mindset” and culture for sustainability and joint interoperability.
  • Explore responsibility and accountability for change in organizations.
  • Discuss how individuals can initiate and sustain positive change efforts.

Customer Driven Structures, Partnerships, and Alliances

  • Explore a private sector case study on global logistics transformation.
  • Discuss the importance of a customer perspective in structuring and executing logistics and supply chain management.
  • Discuss the value of public/private partnerships and alliances in meeting customer demands.
  • Explore critical success factors for leaders in transforming large scale global logistics organizations.

Product Life Cycle and Supply Chain Management

  • Explore the interaction between product life cycle management and supply chain management.
  • Discuss systems engineering approaches and advances that facilitate transformational logistics systems for life cycle support.
  • Survey upcoming changes in the nature of systems and the resulting impact on logistics support.
  • Discuss the role of logistics in system design and maintenance system development and operation.
  • Review common systems improvement techniques: Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints, and others.
  • Explore the language of logistics and supply chain management.
  • Explore the nature of supply chains.
  • Explore strategies used by the leading companies and organizations to improve supply chain performance.
  • Understand the “levers” leaders can use to improve supply chain performance.
  • Discuss the challenges of SCM and ways to respond to global challenges.

Technology and Organizational Innovation (Smart Supply Chains)

  • Explore IT innovations and issues that will drive logistics practices in the future.
  • Explore how companies use technology for competitive advantages.
  • Discuss how technology affects organization structures and processes.
  • Explore technology as an enabler for transformation.
  • Explore how individuals think about SCM and Logistics and new technologies.
  • Explore the drivers of decision making regarding information and systems.
  • Discuss innovative wireless technology applications to military logistics challenges. 
  • Explore emerging wireless technologies and their capabilities.
  • Discuss emerging technology applications and lessons learned in the private and military sectors.
  • Discuss how to make decisions for customer solutions.
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