Supply Chain Management: Materials Management

Gain knowledge of the key components of the supply chain, inventory models (such as Kanban, JIT, APICS), supply chain constraints that impact material and product throughput and mitigation strategies. Also, receive insight on supply chain product strategy and contributors for market projections. At the conclusion of this online course, participants will have knowledge of:

  • Supply chain key components
  • Supply chain and inventory models (for example, Kanban, JIT, and APICS)
  • Supply chain constraints that impact material and product throughput and their mitigation strategies
  • Contributors to market projections and supply chain strategy for product

Attendance suggested for:

  • Years in industry: 0-4 to 5-14
  • Ideal audiences are those with 2+ years of industry experience that want to supplement their industry knowledge about a specific topic(s).


Robert B. Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University, and Director of the thought-leadership group Supply Chain Redesign LLC. He is a world-renowned researcher and consultant in supply chain management, new product development, and e-business. Handfield's research focuses on benchmarking best practices in supply chain business processes. He has written several research reports for the Center for Advanced Purchasing (CAPS), and has published research in journals such as the Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Science, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics, and IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Operations Management, SCM Columnist for APICS: The Performance Advantage, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Supply Chain Management Review, Decision Sciences and the Journal of Supply Chain Management. He is the author of five books on strategic sourcing and supply chain management, including the recently published book Supply Chain Re-Design (co-authored with Ernest L. Nichols, Jr., Prentice Hall, 2002), Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (co-authored with Robert M. Monczka and Robert Trent, Southwestern College Publishing, 2001), and Introduction to Supply Chain Management. Handfield has been interviewed for articles in leading periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal, CIO Insights, and Optimize. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and has extensive consulting experience with a number of international organizations, including GlaxoSmithKline, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Colgate Palmolive, Bank of America, Federal Express, Sonoco, Duke Energy, Milliken & Company, General Motors, John Deere, Johnson Controls, and Turkish Petroleum.

Christopher Asakiewicz is a senior management professional with a strategic background in Business Technology Management, Information Technology, Consulting and Education with a 21-year history as a Vice President of Global Business Technology at Pfizer. Chris has done pioneering work in the areas of Knowledge Mining and its application within Life Sciences, most notably as a means of visualizing and synthesizing clinical research findings; Enterprise level Application, Information, and Business Process Rationalization; and IT Talent, Skill, and Capability Development. Over the years, his work has helped IT organizations in their effort to reduce costs, to increase productivity, and along with their business partners, to more effectively develop and deploy scalable and innovative business solutions.

Chris spent seven years with Exxon Corporation as a Senior Advisor in Computer Science and Technology. From 1983 to 1997, Chris served as an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, teaching classes in Computer Science and Engineering. Chris has authored a number of publications, helped develop curriculum and been a speaker for a number of organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Management and a M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology as well as a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Columbia University. He is a member of both IEEE and ACM Societies.

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