Optimizing Distribution Network Strategy

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About This Course

Take a critical look at distribution network strategy in order to uncover the possibilities in your organization. Join your cohort in exploring the factors and stages of a distribution network strategy and apply possible solutions to a simulated case study, learning what takeaways will be useful in your leadership role.

Topics & Takeaways

  • Essential Questions: read about managing complexity, research an area of your own distribution network, discuss findings with colleagues
  • Models, Processes, Data Collection & Validation: learn about the economic factors and data that influence distribution networks, study the critical stages of distribution modeling
  • Scenario Planning & Recommendations: learn the key considerations for scenario planning, recognize opportunities and make recommendations for implementation
  • Applications of Distribution Network Strategy: use the course case study to discuss the opportunities and challenges of building a Distribution Network Strategy; draft a Supply Chain Action plan using the provided template

Business Impact

  • Improved awareness of how improvements in your network could help your organization gain a competitive advantage
  • Creation of value through development of a distribution network strategy
  • Take away a draft mapping of your Supply Chain Action Plan, and reuse and share the supplied Goal Setting Worksheet

Target audience

  • High Potential Leaders
  • Middle Managers addressing tactical concepts and application


  • 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
  • Expert Guide support of questions, comments, and group engagement and collaboration
  • 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

Expert Faculty

Chris Norek

Senior Partner, Chain Connectors, Inc. Affiliated Faculty Member in Supply Chain Management, Penn State Smeal College of Business

Course Features

100% Online Course Platform

30 Minutes Per Day

Leadership Coaching

World-Class Expert Teaching

Community of Practice

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