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Course Overview

The course provides learners with a conceptual framing of supply chain behavior, risk, sources of resilience, and one method for self-assessing the risk and resilience of regional demand and supply networks.  As this framing is constructed, learners will encounter practitioner lexicons, professional principles, and risk management methods.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you should be better able to anticipate supply chain risks facing your community and collaborate with others to manage supply chain risk.

  • Module 1: Understand key aspects of contemporary demand and supply networks including pull, push, and flow.
  • Module 2: Understand resilient characteristics of contemporary demand and supply networks, including scale, diversity, distance, and self-organization.
  • Module 3: Understand risk characteristics of contemporary demand and supply networks, including bottlenecks, decreased diversity, and reduced self-organization.
  • Module 4: Understand catastrophic contexts for contemporary demand and supply networks, including demand volatility, inflexible supply capacity, and loss of flow.
  • Module 5: Understand one practical, repeatable process for self-assessment of regional demand and supply networks.
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Module 1: Key Aspects of Contemporary Demand & Supply Networks

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Module 2: Resilient Characteristics of Contemporary Demand & Supply Networks

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Module 3: Risk Characteristics of Contemporary Demand & Supply Networks

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Module 4: Catastrophic Contexts for Contemporary Demand & Supply Networks

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Module 5: Researching & Assessing Contemporary Demand & Supply Networks

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About the Instructor


Philip J. Palin, a Supply Chain Resilience subject matter expert who has served with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Department of Homeland Security; and FEMA, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on getting supplies to catastrophe survivors. He works with federal, state, local, and private sector leaders to prepare for and respond to complex, wide-area catastrophic events involving dense populations. In 2020, he was involved in pandemic response and preparedness, especially focused on flows of food and medical goods. He has authored several books, including Out of the Whirlwind: Supply and Demand After Hurricane Maria and He Looks at the Earth: Catastrophe, Recovery, and the Cascadia Earthquake.

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