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Leading the Global Supply Chain (LGSC) is for senior executives, teams and consultants responsible for procurement, supply-chain management, operations, customer-supplier relations and sustainability improvements.


Discover how to achieve supply-chain excellence:

  • Understand and manage global supply-chain complexity and risks
  • Protect sales and revenue growth through efficient execution
  • Anticipate surprises and avoid problems within your global material, information and financial flows
  • Explore collaboration and various forms of integration that allow you to take advantage of uncertainty


5 days


Program Session 2016
November 07-11, 2016
Program Sessions 2017
April 03-07, 2017
November 20-24, 2017

Fee 2016

CHF 9,900

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Our participants

Leading the Global Supply Chain is principally designed for:

  • Senior executives in procurement, supply-chain management and operations
  • Cross-company teams in charge of customer-supplier relations
  • Business development executives responsible for supply-chain and sustainability improvements
  • Consultants involved in supply-chain management

Testimonials of past participants

The learning is amazing at LGSC. It is a real wake-up call. It gives you an insight on the shape of things to come. It stops you from taking your business for granted and shows you through case studies and practical training how to take action. Mandeep J. Sachdeva

Chief Supply Chain Management Officer | Indus Towers Ltd | India

Read the full success story here of LGSC alumnus, Mandeep J. Sachdeva.

I learned a lot at IMD's Leading the Global Supply Chain. It actually takes you beyond supply chain. You see how to optimize the whole business. It is a very practical course which gives you inspiration and courage and prepares you for the next big career step. Erdogan Sahin Director | Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA | Belgium
This course provides learnings so relevant and up-to-date that they scare you into action. You leave hoping that your competitors have not beaten you to taking this program! Antonio Rivera

Vice President, Asia Supply Chain | Bristol-Myers Squibb Thai Ltd  | Thailand

LGSC is designed to stretch your thinking beyond the traditional mechanics of supply-chain management. It provides a very balanced perspective of not only what to change, but also how to change. Rajkumar Jain

Global Project Manager  | SCM Philips Lighting BV  | The Netherlands

LGSC is as good as it gets in terms of learning and growth opportunities. I will use my new knowledge to identify supply-chain options for revenue growth and to operationalize an integrated supply-chain strategy across my organization. Kristen Parks

Manager, Defense Supply Chain & Technology  | Alcoa Defense  | United States

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It is increasingly hard to achieve supply-chain excellence in today's changing market where resources are scarce and customers are more demanding. Raw material shortages, market volatility, new financial regulations, political instability, and greater scrutiny on sustainability - all these factors are constraints on your efforts to maximize productivity and build shareholder value.

Leading the Global Supply Chain addresses these constraints. It helps you to exploit supply-chain efficiencies, manage the risks associated with cyclical variations in economic activity, and improve the visibility of costs and profitability. It explores issues such as: aligning the supply chain with your company's value proposition, consolidating distribution for efficient working capital management, reorganizing the supply chain after a merger or acquisition, and the merits of a combative or a collaborative relationship with suppliers.

You will discover how to leverage the power of organizational networks and manage the internal changes needed to make it happen. You will also be introduced to leading-edge practices that have proven effective in improving growth, flexibility, responsiveness and efficiency.

Leading the Global Supply Chain will help you to:

  • Understand and manage global supply-chain complexity and risks
  • Protect sales and revenue growth through efficient execution
  • Anticipate surprises and avoid problems within your global material, information and financial flows
  • Explore collaboration and various forms of integration that allow you to take advantage of uncertainty
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Leading the Global Supply Chain combines rigorous learning and intense interaction with your industry peers and Faculty members. You will apply diagnostic tools to your own company, analyze international case studies, carry out simulations and benchmarking exercises, and engage in wide-ranging, challenging discussions. You will also examine best practices from some of the world's most successful global companies.

Program Topics

  • Supply-chain strategy
  • Supply-chain coordination and network configuration
  • Competing on information flows
  • Supply-chain portfolio management
  • Consolidating distribution and managing working capital
  • Leveraging business flexibility and standardization
  • Global supply-chain footprint
  • Customer orientation and supply-chain
  • Supply-chain change management

Our Faculty

Our Faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time between teaching, research and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials and content in all IMD programs.

LGSC Program Director

Ralf Seifert

German and Swiss
Operations Management
PhD Stanford University

LGSC Faculty

Carlos Cordon

LEGO Professor of Supply Chain Management

Michael Wade

British, Canadian
Innovation and Strategic Information Management
PhD Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario

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The program fee (which can be found on the overview page) includes tuition, teaching materials, and lunch on weekdays. Travel or living expenses are not covered. You must settle your own hotel bills, both when in Lausanne and on off-campus assignments, as well as all dinners and lunches on weekends when applicable. IMD reserves the right to modify the program fee at any time.

Tentative reservation

To make a non-binding reservation, send us a completed tentative reservation form. This carries no obligation and is not a substitute for the formal application form.

Application & invoicing

Your application is forwarded to the Program Director who will evaluate it to ensure that the program corresponds to your objectives and profile. This can take approximately 1 week.

The Information & Registration office will notify you of the outcome of your application. If you are accepted, they will send your acceptance letter and invoice fee together by priority mail. From this point, your enrollment will be considered firm by both you and IMD.

Please pay the program fee within 30 days of the invoice date and no later than the commencement of the program. If you register within 1 month of the start of the program, you must settle the invoice immediately without exception. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Up to six weeks before the program start date, a program coordinator will contact you with information on hotels and pre-program preparation. Please note that IMD reserves enough rooms for each participant on the program.

If accepted, you understand that you must be completely free of professional duties while attending this program and that you must attend all scheduled sessions and activities.

Cancellation & transfer policy

IMD must be notified in writing of all cancellations and transfers. If you are admitted to a program, but find that you are unable to attend, you have the following cancellation and transfer options:

Up to six weeks before program start:

  • Cancellation: You receive a full refund of the program fee.
  • Transfer: You may transfer to the next available session with no transfer fee.

Note: IMD programs tend to be fully booked well in advance. Space may not be available in a later session.

From six weeks to up to 11 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 20% transfer fee.

Within 10 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 100% transfer fee.


A participant can be substituted on the same program session without incurring any fees. The substitute needs to apply and be admitted.

Note: Once you have paid the program tuition fee, if you do not attend another program within 24 months, the program fee will be forfeited.

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