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AIAG and WSU Join Forces for Unique, Weeklong Executive Seminar on Global Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
Registration is open now for an immersive experience with academic and professional automotive purchasing and supply chain thought leaders.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Wayne State University, in cooperation with AIAG, is offering a one-week, automotive-industry focused Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Seminar that provides purchasing and supply chain executives with the knowledge to significantly improve company supply chain management contributions to cost, financial, and overall performance.

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The seminar will take place October 31-November 4, 2016 at The Renaissance Center in Detroit, and space is limited.

The program is also aimed at leaders in finance, product development, operations, and others who influence the success of their automotive supply chains, as well as those who will be undertaking new supply chain management leadership roles.

"With its high capital investments and global network of OEMs and suppliers, the auto industry is extremely complex," says Joel Karczewski, vice president, business development for AIAG. "Executives must have a greater understanding of supply chain technology as well as product and process innovation. This in-depth seminar is geared toward those who can influence positive change in purchasing and supply chain strategies in their companies."

"This seminar brings together purchasing, supply chain, and logistics executives to facilitate better integration of functions across the supply chain," says Dr. John C. Taylor, chair of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at WSU's Mike Ilitch School of Business. "With five consecutive days of intense presentations and discussions on leading edge supply chain topics and interaction with the top supply chain academics and industry professionals, the seminar delivers a deeper dive than can be achieved in a typical one- or two-day conference.

"It is a unique opportunity and learning environment for anyone who wants to advance their knowledge on automotive supply chain," he says.

The program addresses complex automotive purchasing and supply chain topics — such as risk identification and mitigation, supply network interdependency, and sourcing strategies — and is taught by academics and industry executives with extensive industry experience. Participants will gain:

  • Exposure to leading ideas from industry executives and engagement with peers from other companies
  • Critical benchmarking from other industries based on leading academic/industry resources
  • Insights into emerging automotive industry trends and global supply and customer markets
  • Understanding of the integrated supply/value chain and the necessary alignment of goals and strategies for competitiveness
  • Supply strategies and approaches to price/cost, technology, responsiveness, and quality improvement; collaboration; risk management; purchase category strategies; demand and supply planning; global logistics; sustainability; and supply chain transparency

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About AIAG

The Automotive Industry Action Group is a unique not-for-profit organization where OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government entities, and academia have worked collaboratively for more than 30 years to drive down costs and complexity from the supply chain. AIAG membership includes preeminent manufacturers and many of their parts suppliers and service providers.

Contact: Greg Creason, AIAG
Ph. 248.358.9775

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SOURCE Automotive Industry Action Group