Executive Master Class in Supply Chain Management

Manage your supply chain as a key value driver


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in Open Executive Education in Belgium and #27 worldwide




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The Executive Master Class in Supply Chain Management gives you the insight, learning, experience and support to make a strategic impact in your organisation. 

Live and learn the fundamentals, create a strategy – and then leap into action in your own organisation, supported by expert faculty and your fellow programme participants. 

Then you can tailor your learning even further with in-depth electives

Detailed programme

Build your knowledge and understanding in two broad phases. In the first, you dive deep into the fundamentals of supply chain management. Across four core modules, you learn how to develop a strategy and plan to create an efficient supply chain. 

Then you get to live everything you learn by addressing an opportunity or challenge in your own organisation – all with the support of our expert faculty.

In the second phase, you deepen your knowledge in specific areas by choosing electives that align with the needs of your company and your role. Choose the Expert Path and develop your supply chain knowledge even further with these electives: Operational Excellence and The Smart Factory and Digital Supply Chain. Alternatively, follow the Leadership Path and take The People Manager and Self-Leadership. If you’d rather build your own path, we’ll be happy to help you.  

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The Executive Master Class in Supply Chain Management is made up of these modules:  

Module 1: Strategy and planning for an effective supply chain 

  • Discover supply chain mapping and segmentation 
  • Learn to plan and manage inventories in a supply chain 
  • Explore demand planning, forecasting and integrated supply chain planning 

Module 2: Managing global supply chains 

  • Learn to create source, make and deliver network designs  
  • Dive into supply chain decision making  
  • Explore collaborative logistics 
  • Understand the role of customs and (multi-modal) logistics in global supply chains 

Module 3: Managing cross-functional supply chains 

  • Understand pricing and revenue management 
  • Explore integrated business planning 
  • Learn about supply chain finance 

Module 4: Managing agile and sustainable supply chains  

  • Understand the complex technological risks within global supply chains 
  • Explore supply chain sustainability and resilience 

In-company project 

  • Apply your learning to an opportunity or challenge in your own organisation 
  • Step back and take a strategic view 
  • Use your fellow participants and expert faculty as a sounding board 
  • Create value for your organisation 

You can tackle any kind of challenge or opportunity, including structuring the global supply chain, creating a sourcing and distribution strategy for a department, designing a network, and creating a smart warehouse.

Electives: Tailor your learning journey

  • Specialise with 4–6 days from our range of short-term programmes 
  • Tailor your programme to suit the needs of you and your company
  • Start your electives before, during or after the core modules  

Why this programme

  • Tackle a concrete, strategic challenge within your company as part of an in-company project
  • Gain thorough knowledge and practice-based insights 
  • Discuss best practice in supply chain management with seasoned colleagues from various industries
  • Analyse strategic tools
  • Evaluate the current position of your company compared to your future challenges
  • Take elective programmes – perhaps to support your in-company project – to  help deepen your knowledge in related subject areas 
  • After graduating from this programme, you are entitled to join our alumni network. Visit the Vlerick Alumni website for more information
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Who should attend

  • Supply Chain professionals who are looking for a comprehensive programme that covers the most crucial supply chain management topics 
  • Experienced supply chain professionals, who are looking for a more structured approach than “gut feel”
  • Professionals moving from technical to commercial roles 
  • Ambitious professionals who are preparing for the next step in their career
  • Professionals working in product development or service organisations, SMEs or big companies 

In previous editions, we had the pleasure of welcoming participants from companies like:

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Practical info

To apply for this programme, you need to complete four steps:

1. Check your eligibility: Check if you meet the admissions criteria for the programme you want to apply for.

2. Submit your application: Fill out the application form.

3. Take part in an interview: We give careful attention to group formation, as having the right background and work experience enhances the learning climate. To guarantee that your profile fits with the target group, we will schedule a short call after your application to discuss your participation.

4. Confirm your registration: If you pass the interview, we’ll send you a registration form. You’ll have two weeks to complete and submit the form to confirm your programme place.

Success stories


The in-company project I had to carry out during the programme helped me to manage my biggest challenge successfully. Discover more.

Nathalie Poelmans

I really enjoyed Vlerick’s teaching. The theory was always linked to business cases, which we worked on together in small groups. For me, this programme and its electives were perfect – I learned a lot, met interesting people, and gained new insights into supply chain management. 


Ann Vereecke

Ann Vereecke

Professor of Operations Management

Ann Vereecke advises on the supply chain that best fits your strategy and products.

Robert Boute

Robert Boute

Professor of Operations Management

Robert Boute creates financial and social value with operations and supply chain optimisation.

Behzad Samii

Behzad Samii

Professor of Operations Management

Behzad Samii leads developments in operations and technology management.

Bram Desmet

Bram Desmet

Adjunct Professor of Decision Sciences

Bram Desmet is passionate about supply chain, strategy and advanced analytics

Kristof Stouthuysen

Kristof Stouthuysen

Professor of Management Accounting & Digital Finance

Kristof Stouthuysen drives sustainable value creation with management accountancy – and leverages technology to make better financial decisions.

David Patient

David Patient

Professor of Leadership

David Patient explores the effects of managerial communication, power and influence.

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