BSLL 3031 - Supply Chain Management

  • Noncredit

A company’s ability to deliver its goods or services efficiently, effectively and proficiently plays an important role in its success. Understanding all details about how to manage the supply chain, from forecasting and inventory to the production process and strategic sourcing, will ensure demand is met, customers are satisfied, and the company is meeting or exceeding its goals. This program will not only teach the basics of supply chain management but also help participants get ahead of the game in predicting and meeting future demand.

This certificate program covers managing the supply chain that plans, sources, makes, and delivers an organization’s goods and/or services, from suppliers of raw materials to the final customer. Instructors will deliver the course through a combination of lectures, discussion, simulation, case analysis, and company application exercises. Participation in all four days of the course are required to earn this certificate.

Who should attend? Professionals working in areas of supply chain, operations, logistics, sales forecasting, and process management; managers and other leaders who interact with supply chain dimensions, and cross-functional team managers.
Fee includes all instruction, continental breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks, and course materials.

Session Topics:
Introduction to Supply Chain Management and Supply Management
Friday, April 7, 2017 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
• The supply chain transformation process
• Customer service
• Trends in supply chain management
• Supply market analysis
• Supplier selection, evaluation, integration, development, and management
• Global sourcing
• Ethics and legal issues

Demand Management
Friday, April 21, 2017 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
• Common methods of sales forecasting
• Ways to optimize processes for demand planning and sales forecasting
• Global planning and forecasting
• Scenario-based planning for successful integration of demand and supply

Friday, May 5, 2017 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
• Inventory management
• The positioning and transport of all types of inventory in the supply chain
• The design of the global distribution network
• Risk management
• The production process
• Inventory management decisions
• Constraint management
• Lean methods, process improvement, and quality tools including Six Sigma

Process Improvement and Inventory Management
Friday, May 19, 2017 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Broken into two parts, this session will cover:
• Inventory management and decisions including inventory strategies and optimization models
• Process choices and process improvement strategies for various operations and supply chains; compare various process and improvement options

This course has an online component delivered through Canvas.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Important Information

This course has discounts available for the following audiences: Colorado State University Alumni, groups of two or more from a single organization, and groups of six or more from a single organization. Students may also use College of Business vouchers if they have received one. Students must receive a discount code or voucher code from the College of Business prior to registering for the course. Reducation of course fees will be given only if you provide the appropriate code at the time of registration. Please call the Executive Programs Office at (970) 491- 4331 or e-mail for the codes.


John R. Macdonald

John R. Macdonald received his Ph.D. in logistics and transportation from the University of Maryland-College Park and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at Colorado State University. He also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Transportation and Logistics as well as Management Information Systems, both from Iowa State University. His teaching interests include transportation, warehousing, logistics, and supply chain management. His primary research interests include disruptions in the supply chain and behavioral operations, with minor areas including supply chain strategy, issues in transportation, and strategies for third-party logistics providers. Prior to earning his doctorate, he worked for UTI Worldwide Group as a consultant in strategic supply chain network design as well as a Supply Chain Solutions Architect in the Asia/Pacific region based in Singapore. He has also held managerial and analyst positions at Naigai Nitto in Singapore, Allied Van Lines, Union Pacific Railroad, Ruan Transportation, and J.M. Swank (ConAgra).

Susan L. Golicic

Susan Golicic earned her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and is an associate professor of supply chain management at Colorado State University. She has several years of professional experience in logistics with Chrysler Corp. and environmental engineering with the U.S. Department of Energy and a Westinghouse subsidiary. She has consulted with numerous firms on supply chain management and forecasting. Her research focuses on managing business relationships, strategy, and sustainability in the supply chain. Among her current projects she is studying all of these focal areas in the global wine industry.

Stephen Medland

Steve Medland earned his M.B.A. in supply chain management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a supply chain consultant, and is founder of Ten Degrees Corp. Medland has spent over 20 years leading, consulting, and teaching supply chain and operations practices in industries such as metal fabrication, machining, grocery retail, aerospace, automotive, and pharmaceutical. His roles have included director of distribution center operations, sales manager, purchasing manager, and inventory analyst. Medland has also instructed in business colleges at the University of Oregon, the University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University, and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Paul C. Vanderspek

Paul Vanderspek earned his M.B.A. in operations, management from Purdue University and is a clinical professor in the management department at Colorado State University. He has worked in materials management professionally for over 10 years with high-tech electronics manufacturers. He has earned two professional certifications in supply chain and operations management. Vanderspek teaches supply chain management courses to both undergraduate and graduate students and focuses his teaching in the upper-level course on supply management. He is active in Northern Colorado APICS (the operations management society) and consults with small businesses on supply chain management and compensation incentives to achieve their supply chain goals.