Business School specializing in supply chain management taps technology firm to design online program to engage learners and meet employer demand.


Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, Gartner’s No. 1 graduate and undergraduate supply chain program, today unveiled the Supply Chain Leadership Academy.

With online and multichannel retailers like Walmart and Amazon leading the charge on rapid-fire ecommerce and shipping logistics, demand for supply chain talent is outpacing supply and putting pressure on corporate leaders and hiring managers, says Penn State. According to data from Gartner, analysis shows that the demand for supply chain professionals now exceeds the available talent pool by 6 to 1. “Changes in global supply chains and the talent marketplace are challenging supply chain leaders to think about learning and development in a new way,” according to Ken Chadwick, research director at Gartner.

“Today, only a small portion of available talent has the technical, tactical, and strategic supply chain skills needed to function in a knowledge-based global economy. Achieving supply chain excellence is an urgent need for many of the world’s largest companies in an ever more complex environment,” said Steve Tracey, executive director of the Center for Supply Chain Research at Smeal College of Business. “Our partnership with CorpU seeks to help companies build the full range of capabilities across all levels of the organization needed to remain competitive.”

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