Thursday, June 19, 2014

Africa’s first Professor Extraordinaire in Supply Chain Management to share his insights

Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) will host its first ever open programme on supply chain management, Executive Insights into Supply Chain Management, on 24 and 25 June 2014 facilitated by Professor Douglas Boateng, Africa’s first Professor Extraordinaire in Supply and Value Chain Management.  The initiative is in support of the call from public and private sector executives on the urgent need to address the vertical specific skills shortage needed to further drive industrial competitiveness and the National Development Plan. 

Professor Boateng believes the planned application of supply chain management is what makes the difference between developed and under-developed nations.  “Supply Chain Management will largely be the game changer for South Africa’s National Development Plan and the rest of the continent’s long term industrialization and poverty reduction efforts. We underplay its strategic importance at our peril.”

According to Professor Boateng, supply chain management is about purposely identifying and managing the various parts of a value chain for maximum shareholder value, stakeholder value and increasingly, societal benefit.

“Without doubt, South Africa and the rest of the continent’s long term industrialization and economic development is inextricably linked to how supply chain management is viewed by CEOs, government officials and policy makers,” says Professor Boateng.  “Today, it is an accepted fact in the industrialized world that successful long term job creation efforts, as well as small and medium enterprise growth, profits immensely from an integrated supply chain management policy.”

Additional supply chain management related programmes will be held at the SBL in subsequent weeks, including Executive Insights into Strategic Sourcing; Supplier Relationship Development; and Management and Negotiations in a Supply Chain. An SBL Professional Certificate of Participation will be awarded to each delegate and the programme qualifies for professional specific Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points. There is also the option of additional certificate of completion, after successfully completing an in-company assignment, which will count towards an Executive Certificate in Supply Chain Management.

The programmes will benefit  public and private professionals– including accountants, engineers, procurement officers, marketers, researchers, healthcare professionals, retailers, lawyers and academics − as well as NGOs, government and parastatal officials.

Professor Boateng’s extensive international multi-sectorial experience includes positions such as CEO, Executive Adviser, consultant and adjunct academic. He coaches public and private sector executives keen on applying innovative supply chain management principles to improve competitiveness, market reach and service delivery quality.

 Interview  Motivation – Professor Douglas Boateng
Professor Douglas Boateng is a highly qualified expert in Supply Chain Management and is available for interview on Supply Chain Management and related topics.

As well as being Africa’s  first Professor Extraordinaire in Supply and Value Chain Management, Professor Boateng is the United Kingdoms’ Institute of Operations Management Extraordinary Chair in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Professional Development Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply’s (CIPS) Africa Strategic Advisory Board, Founding Chairman of the West African Institute for Supply Chain Leadership, President of the Institute of Operations Management Africa and a supervisory team member of the Commonwealth Investment Corporation. 

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Sam Kaase

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