Transport & Logistics


Rising transportation costs. Volatile customer demand. Unanticipated “Acts of God” situations that disrupt supply chain flows. These are the types of high-level challenges that transportation and logistics firms face today. Leaders need advanced management skills to succeed in today’s competitive business environment.


A learning and development partnership with Wharton Executive Education will help your company’s top executives drive organic growth, manage risk, and identify market opportunities. Our global perspective and our expertise in understanding the objectives of large multinational companies means that we bring new ways of thinking to each engagement. These ideas, plus our ability to cross-pollinate best practices from other fields, will generate quantifiable value for your firm.

With our transport and logistics industry expertise as the foundation, we design programs that focus on:

  • Achieving Sustainable Results
  • Customer Centricity
  • Global Strategy
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership
  • Implementing Strategy
  • Process Engineering

Thought Leadership

Wharton Executive Education creates educational experiences that will transform the way your firm does business. In creating a custom engagement, we may draw on Wharton resources like these:

Operations and Information Management Department

The mission of the Operations and Information Management Department is to improve the quality and productivity of enterprises by educating highly capable professionals and by discovering, developing, and validating new principles, theories, and methods. Our common approach to education and research is to blend rigor and relevance. We believe in science-based management, and our work is built around models. However, we seek to reconcile theory and data, and to influence practice. Visit the Center's website »

Fishman-Davidson Center for Service and Operations Management

Through research and teaching, the Fishman-Davidson Center strives to understand the role of the service sector, the largest component of the economy in all developed countries. The Center's varied programs include a partnership with industry for sponsored research, a faculty-management forum and information exchange, and a variety of workshops that address an emerging paradigm: It is the services that physical goods provide, not the goods themselves, that add value to the consumer. Visit the Center's website »

Center for Leadership and Change Management

Increasingly, organizations worldwide must confront turbulent markets, demanding shareholders, and discerning customers, and many firms are restructuring to meet these challenges. Their success depends largely on the quality of leadership that exists at all levels of management. Dedicated to building a basic and practical understanding of leadership and change, the Center explores and communicates effective strategies for restructuring. Visit the Center's website »

Risk Management and Decision Processes Center

For nearly three decades, the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School has been at the forefront of basic and applied research to promote effective corporate and public policies for low-probability events with potentially catastrophic consequences. The Wharton Risk Center focuses on national security issues and natural or technological hazards through the integration of risk assessment and risk perception with risk management strategies. Building on the disciplines of economics, finance, insurance, marketing, psychology and decision sciences, the Center's research program is oriented around descriptive and prescriptive analyses. Descriptive research focuses on how individuals and organizations interact and make decisions regarding the management of risk under existing institutional arrangements. Prescriptive analyses propose ways that individuals and organizations, both private and governmental, can make better decisions regarding risk. Visit the Center's website »

Tools & Solutions

We have partnered with a range of world-class transport and logistics firms to create transformative executive education experiences. Some examples of solutions we have used in custom education engagements include:

Motor Carrier Solution

Penske Truck Leasing is a global player in commercial truck leasing and logistics. The company operates about 200,000 vehicles from about 1,000 locations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company offers full-service leasing, contract maintenance, and commercial and consumer truck rental. Penske Logistics provides global transportation management, distribution and warehouse management, and integrated fleet logistics.

As a successful organization focused around operational excellence, Penske approached Wharton Executive Education to design a program that would foster innovation among senior leaders and thus drive growth.

Wharton created two programs designed to help executives manage change and master an entrepreneurial attitude toward innovation. Senior leaders, including the CEO and President, attended a series of one-day, issue-driven master classes, while VP’s and high-potential talents participated in a residential module with an action learning component. Each program focused on the overall goals of accelerating Penske’s organic growth and strengthening strategic thinking.

Content for the program was built around business-driven leadership, meaning that Wharton faculty made “driving growth” the umbrella issue in each program. The design incorporated a strategic component in which teams evaluated growth initiatives and new business options focusing on 2-3 years out. Each team learned a set of tools designed to help extend market insight and increase understanding of Penske’s customers and end users. Clear sponsorship of executive development by the CEO and top team ensured the program’s success, as did including senior executives in a leaders-teaching-leaders role.


  • Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD

    David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Competitive strategy, firms as systems of interconnected choicesSee Faculty Bio

  • Harbir Singh, PhD

    Mack Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate restructuring, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitionsSee Faculty Bio

  • James D. Thompson, PhD

    Co-founder and Director, Wharton Social Enterprise Program, The Wharton School; Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

    Research Interests: Social entrepreneurship, building future markets, investment under conditions of high uncertaintySee Faculty Bio