The 2018 Next Generation Operations Summit:

Shaping a Growth Agenda

When & Where

June 13-15, 2018

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

About the Summit

If there’s one commonality in society, it’s the dynamic pace of innovation and change. Fueling this environment are the forces of deepening digital disruption, shifting market boundaries, and growing customer power and choice. Amidst all this one thing is certain – architecting an agile supply chain is the catalyst to shaping a growth agenda.

For chief operating officers and chief supply chain officers (COO/CSCOs), shaping a growth agenda means building supply chains that are robust enough to maintain stability and accountability, but also agile enough to offer choices and delight customers, driving growth. Progress will require a deft hand, as leaders will face fresh challenges in managing multiple business models, freeing up resources to invest in innovation, and creating new ecosystems of suppliers and partners to deliver more customer-centric solutions.

To help next generation supply chain leaders acquire these new strategies and capabilities, Leadership for a Networked World and the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, are convening the 2018 Next Generation Operations Summit: Shaping a Growth Agenda to be held June 13 – 15 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

At the 2018 Summit, participants will learn about and share best practices on shaping the supply chain of the future. In particular, the Summit will look at the challenges and opportunities via:

  • Leadership - How can supply chain and operations executives work across the c-suite to shape the business and translate customer insights into a competitive advantage?
  • Strategy –What new methods enable Customer Centricity and incubate disruptive business models that will fuel future growth while optimizing the supply chain?
  • Technology – Where can big data science and analytics, including artificial intelligence techniques such as machine learning and deep-learning,digital tools and platforms such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics bring newfound agility and insights to operations?
  • Human Capital – In a digital world, what capabilities will people and teams require? And how can leaders cultivate a culture of innovation that becomes an enabler of creativity and progress?

The Executive Leadership Group

Stan Deans
President of Global Logistics and Distribution
Marc Engel
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Peter Kraemer
Chief Supply Officer
Hans Melotte
Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Colin Nelson
Head of Operations
Bunge Global
Meredith Stevens
Vice President, Strategy & Deployment
Johnson & Johnson

In Collaboration with

Accenture Strategy operates at the intersection of business and technology. We bring together our capabilities in business, technology, operations and function strategy to help our clients envision and execute industry-specific strategies that support enterprise wide transformation. Our focus on issues related to digital disruption, competitiveness, global operating models, talent and leadership help drive both efficiencies and growth. For more information, follow @AccentureStrat or visit

Hosted by

Leadership for a Networked World’s applied research, student innovation challenge, and on-campus summit programs are an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TECH is a hub for students, faculty, alumni, and government and industry leaders to learn together, collaborate, and innovate. LNW accelerates these efforts by connecting leaders across sectors and developing cutting-edge thought leadership on innovation and organizational transformation.

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