Every organization has internal supply chains, and links to external suppliers and customers. Interlinking organizations span the spectrum from raw materials to finished products and services in the hands of the consumer. The supply chain extends even to final disposition of the commodities we consume from concept to grave. The structured dependency of such chains and the uncertainty of forecasts and systemic delays are amplified as individual links in the supply chain to try to optimize their performance. Even minor changes in the market can cause wild swings in economic performance. Modern design for manufacturability, six sigma quality, operation theories, information systems such as ERP systems, and theory of constraints hold the promise of stabilizing some of the variability by providing visibility along the whole supply chain. Additional control and operational performance factors are needed to provide a complete solution. This course examines the strategy and tactics of supply chain management to include “how to” techniques to implement, measure and reward the individual links in the supply chain.