Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar

May 31, 2020 - June 5, 2020 | All Day

The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development

Seminar Overview

For 65 years, Michigan State University’s Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar has been the world’s premier procurement and supply management executive education experience.

The seminar combines leading educators and industry professionals as they share their insights into the key strategies and practices that world-class organizations are using to achieve procurement and supply chain excellence and build sustainable competitive advantage.  As research and experience continue to indicate, the value of purchasing and supply chain strategies to a firm’s bottom-line performance can be significant.

This year’s speakers will include Joe Sandor, Hoagland-Metzler Chair Emeritus, and others to be announced.

We hope you will include this exciting seminar in your professional development plan this year.

Seminar Objectives

  • To establish the critical components of integrated strategic procurement/sourcing and supply chain management and how these processes can contribute to the competitive success of your firm throughout the value chain
  • To enhance your understanding and implementation of concepts, strategies and techniques required to increase personal and organizational effectiveness in a changing globally competitive environment
  • To share ideas and best practices with colleagues from various industries and firms to accelerate improvement at your company
  • To identify emerging critical directions for purchasing/sourcing and supply chain management
  • To establish critical requirements to implement successfully appropriate procurement/sourcing and supply chain management strategies and practices

Critical/Emerging Issues and Strategy Application Workshops

This year, the seminar features two related and progressive workshops designed to take critical/emerging issues, identified by participants, and connect them with strategic opportunities that can be deployed at participant organizations. These workshops provide tangible, relevant actions for potential implementation following the seminar.

Comments from 2018 seminar participants

“I thoroughly enjoyed the collaborative nature of this seminar and valued industry speakers providing meaningful insight into their companies and practices.”

 “The best agenda and coordinated SCM seminar that I have been to throughout my SCM career.”

 “It should be a pre-requisite for any procurement leader to take the time for your professional development.  This seminar fills that need.”

 “The classroom is great, but the people and relationships make it transformational.”

2019 Faculty & Speakers

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for purchasing, materials, and supply chain executives and senior managers interested in learning strategies, concepts, and techniques necessary to contribute more fully to competitive performance at their firms. Strategic purchasing and supply chain management provides organizations with significant opportunities to leverage resources which may contribute to the effective identification/implementation of value-added initiatives.

Seminar Timing

The seminar begins on Sunday, May 31, 2020.  The program will commence at 6 p.m. with a reception and dinner at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, followed by an orientation session. Classes begin each day at 8 a.m.  Evening session are scheduled on Monday and Tuesday. The graduation banquet is Thursday evening. The seminar concludes at noon on Friday, June 5, 2020, followed by an optional lunch.


Only advance registrations are accepted for this program. The 2020 seminar fee is $4,995. This fee includes all meeting materials and meals, beginning with the welcome reception and dinner on Sunday and continuing through lunch on Friday.

Lodging is not included as part of the seminar fee. The nightly hotel rate at the Candlewood Suites is approximately $98/night. Hotel reservations will be made
by MSU.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation within 15 days of the seminar start will be limited to emergency situations and may result in a cancellation fee ($500).  Participant substitutions are welcome at any time prior to the start of the seminar.  If a registered participant does not attend the seminar and does not notify us in advance, they will be charged the full seminar fee.


Tricia Walters