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Clarkson University Delivers 15th Global Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar to Corporate Professionals

Earlier this month, Clarkson University’s Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) program presented its 15th annual Executive Seminar, delivering state-of-the-art education to corporate professionals.

Clarkson University Global Supply Chain Management program presented 15th annual Global Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar seminar class, faculty and staff“We are pleased that our executive seminar continues to attract working professionals from numerous highly respected global corporations,” said Professor Farzad Mahmoodi, Joel Goldschein ’57 Endowed Chair in Global Supply Chain Management and director of the program. “It’s a strong endorsement of the quality of our faculty and the relevance of our curriculum.”

The annual, four-day, on-campus program attracted participants from 15 companies -- Toyota, Stanley Black & Decker, Xerox, Global Foundries, Lockheed Martin, Corning, Goodyear, Lutron Electronics, Raymond Corporation, Snap-on Tools, Car Freshner, Aero Electronics, Graham Manufacturing, Protiviti and Tapecon Inc.

While about half of the participants came from New York state companies, the rest came from 10 others states -- Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin.

In addition to lectures by faculty experts, the seminar utilized a highly interactive format that employs team and hands-on activities, including simulations and negotiations exercises. Participants also benefited from networking opportunities with industry professionals and Clarkson faculty.

“Our curriculum is effective because it mirrors the intensive levels of cross-disciplinary integration and the systems approach that are a must for successful corporations in today’s global environment,” said Mahmoodi. “We provide insights and practical tools that help participants streamline and improve their companies' supply chain.”

Seminar topics included emerging trends and proven strategies in GSCM, measuring supply chain financial performance, inventory management and logistics strategies, global sourcing and supply chain integration, coping with supply chain disruptions, mitigating risk through contracting, negotiations in supply chain management, and disruptive technologies in the supply chain.

Since the seminar began, nearly 500 executives, managers, directors and consultants from 45 states and four continents have attended, representing more than 80 globally recognized corporations, including about 30 Fortune 500 companies. The seminar’s 2015 corporate sponsors included Toyota / Raymond Corporation, Stanley Black & Decker, and Xerox.

Faculty at this year’s seminar included Clarkson faculty Dennis Yu, Mike Wasserman, Steve Sauer, Mark Frascatore and Farzad Mahmoodi; Heimo Losbichler (Steyr University, Austria); and Mike Prado (VP of Supply Management- Stanley Black & Decker). Tanya Conto served as the seminar coordinator.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University’s Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) program presented its 15th annual Global Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar. Above, the seminar class, faculty and staff.  

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