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Clarkson University Delivers 17th Global Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar to Corporate Professionals

Earlier this month, Clarkson University’s Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) program presented its 17th annual Executive Seminar, delivering state-of-the-art education to corporate professionals.

Clarkson University Global Supply Chain Management program 17th annual Global Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar class, faculty and staff“We are pleased that our executive seminar continues to attract supply chain professionals from several highly respected global companies,” said Professor Farzad Mahmoodi, the 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 Amazon, Toyota, Stanley Black & Decker, Xerox, Lockheed Martin, Verizon, Corning, Raymond Corporation, Entegris, Par Technology and Indium.

The participants came to Clarkson from 12 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.

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.

“We incorporate the latest trends and technologies into our curriculum so we continue to develop leaders who understand how each process works, who recognize the potential of disruptive technologies, and, most importantly, who understand how to integrate each function into the overall supply chain system for superior performance,” said Mahmoodi.

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, aligning supply chain incentives and mitigating risk through contracting, negotiations in supply chain management, and disruptive technologies in the supply chain.

Since the seminar began in 2001, more than 550 executives, managers, directors and consultants from 45 states and four continents have attended, representing more than 85 globally recognized corporations, including about 35 Fortune 500 companies. The seminar’s 2017 corporate sponsors were 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 educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, 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 innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University’s Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) program presented its 17th annual Global Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar. Above, the seminar class, faculty and staff.

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