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Lean Leadership for the Supply Chain Professional (Online/Self-paced)

Special Note

Online courses are offered through Georgia Tech Professional Education. The interface is primarily point-and-click, and can be learned by anyone capable of using a web browser. There is no software to distribute, and no experience with HTML or other technical knowledge required.

Please note that this course qualifies for our Georgia AI Manufacturing (GA-AIM) program discount for Georgia residents. Please see below Course Fees section for details.

Course Description

An online version of our former Building the Lean Supply Chain Leader on-campus course. Enjoy the flexibility of covering the same material presented in the past on-campus version of the course at your pace and when you want. The online course includes 16 modules, each taking approximately 1.5 hours to complete. Upon enrollment, you’ll have 16 weeks or 4 months to complete all the course modules.

  • Leverage lean principles to become a more effective leader, manage people, and drive operational excellence
  • Improve value stream processes that impact the organization
  • Learn how to create action-driven measurement systems and build successful teams

Who Should Attend

Supply chain professionals, logistics professionals, material managers, production control managers, transportation managers, warehousing managers and purchasing managers

How You Will Benefit


This self-paced, online professional development program allows you to decide when and where to learn. The course includes 16 modules, each taking about 1.5 hours to complete. Upon enrollment, you’ll have 16 weeks or 4 months to complete all the course.

Applied Learning

Instead of focusing just on theory, this course will dive deeper into the actual application of the material being presented. It’s based on our years of collective operational experience leading teams and implementing lean supply chains. You’ll be able to use what you’ve learned and see the results first-hand.

Interactive Experience

This is not your typical read-the-screen and take-the-test type of training. Instead of posting hours of reading material online and calling it online training, we’ve invested in creating dynamic videos, interactive exercises and challenging knowledge assessments to keep students engaged and connected to the learning process.

Results-Based Curriculum

Because this book is based on the Shingo Award winning book, PEOPLE: A Leader’s Day-to-day Guide To Building, Managing, And Sustaining Lean Organizations, the curriculum has been proven to help leaders build effective leadership skills to lead lean organizations. Plus, it has been tested in hundreds of live classroom sessions over the years in multiple environments – from university classrooms to the conference rooms of Fortune 500 companies.

What Is Covered

The online course is structured around the below modules.

  1. Purpose and Value Alignment
  2. A Deep Understanding of Lean Thinking
  3. Traditional vs. Lean Leadership
  4. Leading with Purpose and Principles
  5. Leading the Vision
  6. The Leader as Student and Teacher
  7. Advocacy vs. Inquiry
  8. Respect for People
  9. Process and Value-stream Thinking
  10.  Management Systems & Role of Leader
  11. Using Effective Measurement Systems
  12. Reflection
  13. Time Management & Leader Standard Work
  14. Visual Management, "Go See" Management
  15. Building Teams
  16. Convincing People on Lean Thinking & Dealing with Resistance

Course Materials

Required (student must provide)

  • A computer with speakers and high-speed internet connectivity to access online content. Please visit to ensure the computer you will be using meets the minimum technical requirements.

Provided (student will receive)

  • Access to online course content and optional reading materials until the course end date.

Course Prerequisite and Related Certificate Information

This course is part of the Supply Chain Management (SCM) Certificate.

Course CEUs

This course provides for 2.10 continuing education units (CEUs).

Course Instructors

Course Times

  • The course is structured around 16 lessons with each taking approximately 1.5 hours to complete.
  • Please note the course end date when registering for the course via the Georgia Tech Professional Education website.
  • After you complete all quizzes within the course satisfactorily, you can apply for a course certificate.
  • You have the flexibility of taking the course on your own time and pace. Start and stop as often as you like, allowing you to set the schedule.

Course Fees

Standard: $600.00, Certificate: $498.00 (cost of each course when signing up for and paying for a multi-course certificate program).

Register and pay for all required courses in a Supply Chain & Logistics certificate and receive a discount of 17% off per course. Enter coupon code SCL-Cert at checkout.

All residents of the State of Georgia are eligible for a 50% discount while funds last thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. Use of this discount is subject to verification of GA residency. Enter coupon code SCL-GAAIM at checkout.

If you have 3 or more participants from your organization, please contact us for volume discounts. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Discounts cannot be combined. For questions, call 404-894-2343 or send us an email prior to registration.


Special Note: Although the current online course session(s) indicate a start date that may have passed, students can enroll at any time. The online course(s) are self-paced offering flexibility, so you can fit the course work into your schedule. However, it is recommended that you register by the registration close date indicated in the section details, to allow for enough time to complete the course.

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Georgia Tech Supply Chain and
Logistics Institute
H. Milton Stewart School of
Industrial & Systems Engineering
765 Ferst Drive, NW, Suite 228
Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404.894.2343