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Who should attend

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.

Program benefits

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

This program is eligible for the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) Certificate of Excellence in Global Business, which allows executives to choose from over 200 courses offered by 19 top global business schools and representing a total of 15 training days. For more information and a full list of eligible programs, visit GNAM website.

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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

LGSC brings you relevant case studies, inspiring professors and active participants. This program combines a very good mix of branches, experiences and cultures. Hilde Rud Senior Vice President Accounting & Controlling | Posten Norge AS | Norway
LGSC is a very good program. It provides a global perspective of supply chain and ways to improve it. Since the advances in the digital world, organizations have to continuously improve their logistics and supply chain processes to remain competitive. Ahmed Al-Azkawi Acting CEO | Oman Logistics Company SAOC (Khazaen) | Sultanate of Oman
The level of challenge this program has brought to my own thinking about how we currently regard and improve our approach is exceptional. The content is excellent, superbly delivered. This is an interactive experience with high-calibre participants. Brian Ingarfield Chief Product Officer | CarTrawler | Ireland
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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Globalization, shifts in demand to new markets and technological advances are changing your business today. These trends imply new possibilities for you, but also increase competitive pressure, forcing you to adapt and alter your way of working. Supply chain management, in its modern form at the core of many organizations, plays an ever more important role under these circumstances.

At Leading the Global Supply Chain (LGSC), you gain a senior perspective of your supply chain. You explore issues such as: aligning your supply chain with the company value proposition, leveraging information flows, driving lean management and leading a supply chain transformation. You discover how to improve cooperation internally between different business functions such as manufacturing and sales, as well as externally with customers and suppliers.

Throughout the program you will be introduced to leading-edge practices that are proven to improve growth, flexibility, responsiveness and efficiency. This means your supply chain has to become a truly holistic business function, and like other successful companies that you can demonstrate how to turn it from a cost center into a business driver.

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

  • Align your supply chain with business strategy
  • Leverage information flows and customer insights
  • Manage cross-functional coordination and execution
  • Optimize a global supply-chain portfolio
  • Drive lean management
  • Develop a digitalization strategy
  • Lead your supply chain transformation

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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