Manufacturing as a Strategic Variable

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About This Course

Welcome to Manufacturing as a Strategic Variable. In this sprint you will investigate a variety of examples, techniques, recommendations, and strategies for improving your organization’s work and collaboration with manufacturing, including:

  • Innovation within manufacturing and the changing role of manufacturing in the global economy
  • Organizational improvements to develop a competitive advantage within manufacturing
  • Collaborate with manufacturing to deliver higher quality in the future
  • Discuss and connect the core concepts to your organization’s business challenge
  • Uncover potential sources of value creation and competitive advantage for the future


  • Plant-Level Considerations
  • Firm-Level Considerations
  • Collaborating with Manufacturing
  • Gaining a Strategic Advantage

Business Impact

  • Produce smaller batches and more varieties of products to meet needs of unique customer segments
  • More easily shift production capabilities to new locations to meet customer local demands faster
  • Improve transparency into information and planning, to better synchronize supply with demand for improved customer service

Target audience

  • Newer supply chain leaders who want to study introductory concepts
  • Supply chain leaders addressing manufacturing issues within the supply chain


  • 5 daily lessons, approximately 30 minutes of activities in each of the first four days
  • 60 minute virtual live event with Expert Faculty on the capstone day
  • Active participation – devoting your time to structured dialogue, private reflection, and deliberate practice will increase your knowledge and takeaways
  • Practical application – you can directly try and apply what you learn each day
  • You will have daily support of a Virtual Moderator for your questions, comments, and individual & group engagement

Expert Faculty

Steve Tracey

Executive Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research® and Penn State Executive Programs

Course Features

100% Online Course Platform

30 Minutes Per Day

Leadership Coaching

World-Class Expert Teaching

Community of Practice

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