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Diploma in Global Sourcing - DGS

Drive Results Towards Long-term Business Advantage

In future, procurement will not only be measured on cost savings delivered, but also on value created. Moreover, procurement will become the driver for business innovations that define the future of more strategic functions. Do you and your company have the competencies needed to respond to this scenario or even get ahead of the curve?

The Diploma in Global Sourcing program builds competencies that drive towards the best possible customer satisfaction by integrating procurement with other supply chain operations. Participants acquire tools to help them transform everything from sourcing strategies to processes to match the upgraded expectations.

Drive results towards long-term business advantage and discover how an innovative and sustainable supplier ecosystem can boost business performance. Join the program now.

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Diploma in Global Sourcing is one of Europe’s most extensive supply management training programs. Content and delivery of the program are designed and continuously improved with experts at Aalto University, and instructors are handpicked for their combination of academic and business merits.

The program develops managers who

  • can lead procurement from an operative administrative service into a more strategic contributor,
  • can develop procurement’s role in value generation,
  • can achieve better profitability, enhance performance and build a new sourcing culture in their companies,
  • can drive results and are able to see the long-term business advantages throughout the network and supply chain.

Why procurement?

Procurement is the only function overseeing all lines of business and has the potential to do much more than just bargain the best price and reduce transactional costs. Procurement can bundle all the demand across a company and leverage the insights and relationships to drive strategic actions and improve the bottom line.

The Diploma in Global Sourcing program aims at identifying future challenges and filling gaps in competence between today’s and future needs. It is about creating processes and working methods that provide business sustainability rather than just short-term wins.


Get an overview of the entire supply chain and understand how to manage flows between the entities
Deepen your understanding of the theories behind decisions
Develop sourcing strategies that generate value for all actors across the supply chain
Drive towards the best possible customer satisfaction by integrating sourcing with other supply chain operations
Utilize the global supply market effectively
Learn to reduce costs while maximizing supplier value and opportunity
Obtain fresh insights, applicable concepts and pragmatic tools that make your daily work more beneficial, effective, and easier
Learn to exploit your refreshed know-how and build a network of supply professionals who can support you in catalyzing change at your workplace


Diploma in Global Sourcing is designed for people with technical or business background and some related work experience.

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The program is especially valuable for those who are

  • responsible for developing operations and the supply chain,
  • sourcing, category or purchasing managers, and
  • professionals and managers working in R&D or innovation.

Contents and Schedule

The program consists of webinars, interactive face-to-face sessions, and practical learning assignments. Face-to-face sessions (three modules/nine days) represent a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies and workshops. Assignments help put models and concepts into practice.

This year we have redesigned the concept of the program. It is now structured into three modules, each held over three days. The first and last module will be held at Aalto PRO premises in Helsinki while the second will be held at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. Chalmers runs courses in close collaboration with industry and can provide an observation post for supply chain and operation practices in manufacturing companies.

Diploma in Global Sourcing is a Developing Training Concept

The Diploma in Global Sourcing has been developed in cooperation with the Department of Industrial Engineering of the Helsinki University of Technology (nowadays part of the Aalto University). Today, the program is still redevoped in close collaboration with the Aalto University.

The Diploma in Global Sourcing (also known as the Diploma in Global Supply Management) was first developed as a customized concept to strengthen procurement and sourcing practices in a large Finnish corporation. More than 200 sourcing professionals have chosen to follow the open Diploma program since its introduction. Procurement and sourcing have evolved considerably since the program was first introduced in 2008, and the program has developed in response. This year, one of the modules will be held at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, providing an opportunity to deep dive into supply chain and operation practices in manufacturing companies.



The Diploma in Global Sourcing program provides new insights, frameworks, tools and methods to support deeper understanding and further encourage new points of view and even adoption of totally new mindsets. Instead of simply lecturing, our trainers guide participants to a deep understanding of the key frameworks and ability to apply them effectively in today’s rapidly evolving business environments. Our systematic and efficient learning process drives long-term impact in professional identity development.

Your role as a participant is to use the information to reflect on your own experiences, beliefs and practices and, together with your peers, to discuss, criticize, test and apply the new ideas and frameworks. Sharing and discussing ideas can play a pivotal role in deepening new knowledge towards real understanding. Moreover, collaborating with others will help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your own company. Being part of a group will help you to develop interpersonal skills such as speaking and listening as well as team working skills such as leadership and motivating others – skills that will be useful throughout your career.

All instructors – whether Finnish or from international networks – are hand-picked for their combination of academic and business experience. The business cases presented in the program include meaningful challenging stories and real-life solutions that participants can immediately adapt to their own environments. The blended learning methods used throughout the program reactivate participants’ business acumen and teach a reflective approach to business problem solving.


Dr. Árni Halldórsson

Professor of Supply Chain Management, Chalmers University of Technology

Árni Halldórsson is Professor in Supply Chain Management at Chalmers University, Gothenburg. After completing his PhD from Copenhagen Business School. Árni held position as an Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor there until 2006.

Until his appointment at Chalmers in January 2011, Árni served as Associate Professor as well as Academic Director of MBA at University of Southampton, UK.

Kari Iloranta

Senior partner, External Resource Management Intl Oy

Dr. Kari Iloranta has held general management positions within several industries and leadership roles in top international consulting companies, e.g. Boos Allen Hamilton’s Finnish operations in 1998–2004.

Kari has broad experience in the development of strategies, change programs, organizations, management models and B2B relationships. Kari plays a key role in the development of study and teaching in supply management at Aalto University and Aalto PRO. He is co-author of Hankintojen johtaminen – ostamisesta toimittajamarkkinan hallintaan, and the title of his dissertation is Cognitive Barriers to External Resource Management – Top Management Perspective (Aalto University).

Dr. Thomas Johnsen

Professor of Supply Chain Management, Politecnico di Milano

For the last 15-20 years Thomas’ research has revolved around buyer-supplier relationships and supply networks. He currently works as Professor at the Politecnico di Milano and focuses on purchasing, innovation and sustainability.

Thomas is dedicated to developing the field of Purchasing & Supply Management (PSM), elevating PSM from an administrative cost-focused function into a truly strategic driver of business performance. He has published widely in scientific and practitioner-focused journals and magazines. His latest book, Purchasing & supply chain management: a sustainability perspective (Routledge), was co-authored with Mickey Howard and Joe Miemczyk.

Dr. Patrik Jonsson

Professor of Supply Chain Management, Chalmersin University of Technology

Patrik Jonsson is professor in Operations & Supply Chain Management. He has a PhD in production management from Lund University and held a position as assistant professor at Växjö/Linneus University prior to joining Chalmers in 2001.

Jonsson currently serves as a senior associate editor for the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, and is in the editorial advisory board for the European Business Review, and in the editorial review board for the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.

Dr. Katariina Kemppainen

Professor of Practice, Aalto University School of Business

Katariina Kemppainen serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business. Her research interests include Sales & Operations Planning, Lean and Public Procurement. She has published in journals such as International Journal of Production Economics and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.

Dr. Kemppainen has a gained a wealth of relevant work experience at Nokia where she worked in operations and supply chain leadership roles from 2007 to 2014. Prior to moving to Professor of Practice position at Aalto BIZ she was a Chief Supply Chain Architect at Microsoft Mobile.

Mikko Sandelin

Researcher, Aalto University School of Business

Mikko Sandelin (MSc. econ.) finalizes his doctoral dissertation at Aalto University School of Business. His doctoral research focuses on management control systems from holistic perspective in order to understand effective combinations of financial planning, performance measurement and evaluation, rewarding, reporting lines, and cultural controls such as promotion, socialization, and training practices.

Sandelin helps organizations increase their responsiveness to changes in the operating environment by redesigning financial planning and measurement combinations, and by rethinking management through lean principles.

Dr. Timo Seppälä

Timo Seppälä works as Professor of Practice, Digital Operations at the Aalto University and as Research Associate at The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, ETLA. Seppälä’s research interest lie in contemporary global phenomena like digitalization, platform economy and global value chains as well as strategic management and internationalization of firms.

Seppälä's areas of expertise include Business Intelligence and Analyses, Global Business Unit and Account Management, Strategic and Operative Business Development, Supplier and Customer Relationship Management and Contract Negotiations. Dr. Seppälä has over 15 years of business experience in several Finnish and international companies for example Metso, OMG Kokkola Chemicals, Oracle, Elcoteq and SAP.

Mervi Vuori

Project researcher, Aalto University

Mervi Vuori M.Sc.(Econ) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in industrial management at Aalto University. Mervi works as a full-time project researcher at BIT Research Centre of the Aalto University.

Before project research, she has been working as a development manager in global sourcing in a paper and forest industry company, where she was responsible for the sourcing process, development of the e-sourcing system and training. Her research interests include using ICT within sourcing, social media including crowdsourcing, innovations in supplier networks and development of social capital in the sourcing function.

Program Fee and Registration

Program Fee

The program fee is 9,250 € (+ VAT).

The fee does not include travel expenses or accommodation.


Register for the program by January 16, 2019.

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