Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

By attending Designing and Managing the Agile Supply Chain for the Future, you will:

  • Assess your existing supply chain from end-to-end, identifying potential gaps and vulnerabilities that must be addressed to withstand future shocks
  • Understand the complexities of managing multilayered global supply chains reliant on disparate local networks
  • Discover how to align your supply chain with your company’s overall strategy for long-term viability and future sustainability
  • Engage in strategic risk planning via supply chain mapping, strategic sourcing, and supplier diversification that can strengthen your company’s competitive advantage
  • Appreciate the potential value of the customer data your company may already be collecting, and understand how to deploy cutting-edge analytics, AI, and blockchain technology to further enhance and strengthen your supply chain

Academic Director Gad Allon talks about bottlenecks in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and some ways to address them in this ABC News interview.

Experience and Impact

Supply chain management is considered one of the key elements of competitiveness in the age of globalization. Mastering it can enable companies to increase market share, reduce costs, improve customer service, and increase market value. Disruptions including the pandemic and political instability, though, can cause these advantages to disappear. Today, learning to develop and lead resilient supply chains that balance both short- and long-term objectives has become an imperative for firms of every size.

Designing and Managing the Agile Supply Chain for the Future provides a much-needed comprehensive approach for building, positioning, and executing a secure, profitable supply chain. Wharton’s expert faculty explore each component of a supply chain — the flow of product, the flow of money, and the flow of information.

By attending this program, you will align your supply chain strategy with your business structure, including financial and marketing strategies, and learn how to help your firm become more proactively aware, agile, and strategic when dealing with your supplier network. You will improve your ability to coordinate the (often conflicting) interests of supply chain members and learn how to manage both short- and long-term risk.

Session topics include:

  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Supply Chain Finance
  • Managing Supply Chain Risk
  • Network Design and Operational Hedging
  • Supply Chain Analytics
  • Networking Forum
  • Strategic Sourcing: Mapping Your Value Chain
  • The Dynamics of Global Networks
  • Digitizing Supply Chains through Advanced AI and Analytics

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Assistant Professor Santiago Gallino talks about Designing and Managing the Agile Supply Chain for the Future in this interview on Wharton Business Radio, SiriusXM.

The Supply Chain Simulation

A highlight of this weeklong virtual program will be a highly engaging and interactive business simulation. Individuals will meet virtually in small groups and work through real-world business scenarios to determine how to allocate production between multiple countries. Teams will showcase their work as faculty guides the simulation to reveal the most effective strategies and resulting best practices.

Through this simulation, as well as several case studies, the faculty will help you develop a model of analyzing and building current and future supply chains with frameworks that are immediately applicable to your own firm’s current and future situation. By the end of this program, you’ll be armed with the tools, techniques, and scenario planning you need to sustain your business through any eventuality.

Watch the Webinar: Professors Gad Allon and Santiago Gallino lead this “mini-class” on supply chain management during COVID and beyond.

Wharton LIVE Online Programming

Real-time peer learning with deep faculty engagement and global networking

The live, online program Designing and Managing the Agile Supply Chain for the Future will be taught by the same Wharton faculty who teach in our on-campus classes. This program offers, and requires, a high level of participant engagement through class discussion, case studies, and an interactive business simulation.

Participants will have direct access to Wharton faculty throughout the program, and engage in dynamic group work that helps reinforce the learning and enable networking among the peer community.

With this unique, up-to-the-minute program, which spans both broad strategy and detailed execution, you will be vastly better equipped to face the challenges to your supply chain today and into the future.

Program Duration:

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Building Your Network
In addition to the group case work and simulation, this program will also include opportunities for you to get to know the other participants and build your professional network. These sessions include:

  • Networking Forum
    In small groups, we plan to discuss the issues that are top of mind to you — issues that may or may not be covered directly in the course material. Faculty will spend time with each of the groups to share insights, while also providing a chance to deepen connections and enhance the learning experience across the cohort.
  • Integration sessions
    Each day begins with an opportunity to share questions and specific challenges with fellow participants and Professor Gad Allon. These sessions help build a holistic understanding of classroom content and provide a sounding board as you apply tools and frameworks at work.

Convince Your Supervisor

Here’s a justification letter you can edit and send to your supervisor to help you make the case for attending this Wharton program.

Due to our application review period, applications submitted after 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday for programs beginning the following Monday may not be processed in time to grant admission. Applicants will be contacted by a member of our Client Relations Team to discuss options for future programs and dates.

Who Should Attend

This program is for senior-level executives on both the supply side and demand side of the supply chain. Mid-level managers who are in a position to lead change are also welcome. Included are individuals who run a supply chain for their organization, either domestically or globally, or for whom the supply chain is part of their reporting structure.

Participants could be from any industry, but professionals working in retail, manufacturing, logistics, or any business that provides finished parts and components or raw materials to other manufacturers will benefit. Also, professionals who work in an advisory capacity to companies with extensive supply chain networks, such as bankers and lawyers, will also find the content of this program beneficial to understanding and meeting the current needs of their clientele.

Job functions and roles include:

  • Senior-level general manager
  • VP of supply chain management
  • Strategic sourcing manager
  • Senior project management officer
  • Procurement director
  • Director of supply planning and global logistics
  • COO
  • Business unit leader
  • Strategic sourcing managers
  • Purchasing manager

Please note that this program is not suitable for IT professionals, IT consultants, software salespeople, or executives seeking guidance on which supply chain software to use. This program will not discuss the technical aspects of supply chain software or software implementation.

Group Enrollment

To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.


Gad Allon

Gad Allon, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Co-Academic Director

Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Director, Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Operations management and operations strategy

Santiago Gallino

Santiago Gallino, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Co-Academic Director

Associate Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Empirical operations management, retail management


Lindsey Farrell Global Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics, Komatsu Mining Corporation

“A highlight of the course was the dual sourcing simulation…a great real-world example of the need to create a strategy and be aware and define when you are going to course correct.”

The disruption of the global supply chain in 2020 prompted me to learn more about how to manage differently in the future, so I naturally turned to Wharton for the answer. I received even more than I had hoped, hearing from experts and practitioners across the world and a spectrum of industries. I’m now confidently planning with my team for what’s next, but with an omnichannel, holistic, risk-based vantage.”

Nicholas Bertram President, The GIANT Company

Date, Location, & Fees

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