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BUS 289 — Reassessing Supply Chains: Unraveling the Complexity of a Critical Supersystem

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 12—Mar 16
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 14
Units: 2
Tuition: $640
Instructor(s): Trevor Gamba
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 12—Mar 16
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 14
2 Units
Trevor Gamba
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Are the shelves in your favorite stores strangely empty in spots? Has your company’s production line been forced to slow down? Supply chains are the culprit; if you can’t get the parts, you can’t make the product. Worldwide, supply chains have experienced disruption, many because they evolved with a core focus—profitability—and the world has changed. The global pandemic has created unprecedented disruption, stretching or breaking global supply chains in ways few ever thought possible. Once a relatively straightforward and transparent supersystem, the modern supply chain has been shown to be both fragile and vital across the world.

Using real-world case studies, this course will start with an overview of the trade-offs among cost, quality, delivery, and risk. Next, we will look at the trade-offs between efficiency and resiliency, and the vital balance necessary between supply and demand. Finally, we will analyze key elements driving strategic sourcing and the implications of geopolitics and conclude with a view into sustainability, environmental impact, and the importance of transparency and traceability.

Whether you are new to supply chains or an experienced professional, you will leave this course with critical insights to help you cut through the complexities of your supply chain and ensure that your strategies align with your business needs, realities, and risks.

Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Span

Trevor Gamba has over twenty-five years of product development experience in leadership positions within supply chain, manufacturing, engineering development, and quality assurance. He has managed teams in startups and large corporations such as Loon (Google X), Cisco, and IBM. He received an MS in systems engineering from San Jose State and an MBA from Cornell, and is a Stanford Certified Project Manager.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Yossi Sheffi, The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected, 1st ed. (ISBN 978-0262533638)
(Recommended) Suman Sarkar, The Supply Chain Revolution: Innovative Sourcing and Logistics for a Fiercely Competitive World, 1st ed. (ISBN 978-0814438787)