Supply chain management conference to be Feb. 11

January 5, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Corporate executives will join experts from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management and other universities for a Feb. 11 conference on global opportunities in supply chain management.

"Unleashing the Global Supply Chain" is the theme of this year's conference, sponsored by the Global Supply Chain Management Initiative and the Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises.

During the conference, industry leaders, researchers, field practitioners and students will explore new opportunities arising in previously unexplored markets, regions and industries as the world economy becomes increasingly intertwined.

The conference will feature presentations and moderated discussions focusing on barriers to accessing these new opportunities and how they can be removed; policies or societal factors that may prevent companies from doing business in these new frontiers; and how industry can become better informed about these challenges to overcome them.

Allan Rae, executive director of business systems for American Axle and Manufacturing, will give the keynote address. Other scheduled speakers include Ananth Iyer, director of DCMME and GSCMI and Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at Krannert; Julie A. DeWane, vice president of global supply chain for GE Energy; Jan C. Fransoo, professor of operations management and logistics at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands; Greg Fredericksen, executive vice president for purchasing and chief procurement officer for OshKosh; Richard Germain, director of international logistics and supply chain management in the Graduate School of Management at St. Petersburg State University, Russia; Paul Karon, principal and president of Entrada Group; and Chip Blatchley, professor of civil engineering at Purdue.

The conference also will feature the sixth annual MBA/Masters student case competition. Student teams from across the nation will compete in presenting the best solution for a fictitious problem based on a real-world scenario. The top three teams will receive cash prizes provided by event sponsors Eaton, General Electric and Purdue CIBER and center partners American Axle & Manufacturing, ArcelorMittal, GM, Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, Duke Energy, Walmart and Verallia.

The conference will be in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The day's activities will wrap up at about 4:30 p.m.

Cost is $100 for attendees from industry and the community, $20 for students. For more information on the conference or to register, go to  or contact the center at 765-494-4322.

Writer:  Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432,  

Source:  Mary Pilotte, managing director, GSCMI and DCMME, 765-494-2860,