Transforming Companies to Meet the Challenge of Change: The Executive Summit
Executive Business Summit Session
Our nation's businesses are facing major challenges, and not just as a result of the current economic crisis. In order to compete effectively in a global context—in fact in order to survive—businesses need to be flexible and innovative. Executives and managerial professionals need to know how to change, and change quickly.
Ram Narasimhan, University Distinguished Professor in MSU's Department of Supply Chain Management, is bringing together the best minds in academe and industry to develop creative business strategies for these challenging times with the Executive Summit, an annual signature event hosted by the Department at MSU's Henry Center.
"The Executive Summit provides a unique forum that combines thought leadership from both the academic and corporate perspective around the challenging and evolving area of supply management."
According to Narasimhan and co-director Joseph Sandor (Hoagland- Metzler Endowed Professor of Practice), the Executive Summit, now in the planning stages for its fourth event, is inspiring "transformational leadership, strategic change, and competitive excellence" on a national level. Business executives representing many major U.S. companies come to the Executive Summit, both to learn about cutting edge research from leading researchers and to hare their own insights, gained from years of collective experience. This exchange of knowledge is fostering new perspectives on how businesses can implement the changes necessary to survive and compete effectively. Attendance is by invitation only.
Lisa Michalek, vice president of packaging procurement for Sara Lee Corporation, has attended previous events. "The Executive Summit provides a unique forum that combines thought leadership from both the academic and corporate perspective around the challenging and evolving area of supply management," she said. "As a very proud MSU alumna in this field, I welcome and encourage the innovation around this topic that Professor Narasimhan and the Broad College of Business provide."
Executive Summit IV, scheduled for October 2011, will be specifically for supply chain management executives. For more information about the Summit and a list of participating organizations, visit http://broad.msu.edu/supplychain/executivebriefing/executivesummit; for this year's program visit http://www.bus.msu.edu/execed/documents/236.pdf.