Open Programs

Our expert faculty and staff teach programs that are open to anyone looking to expand their business horizons. Programs offered range from intensive week-long sessions to morning Business and Bagels sessions.

Upcoming Programs

Date Event
Identifying and Supporting Lean Opportunities: Chartering Projects that Deliver Results*NEW*
Public Sector Kaizen: A Proven Roadmap for Delivering Results *NEW*
Enterprise Process Management*New
Process Driven Strategy*NEW
4 unit program for Nursing Home Administration that allows participants to sit for the State Of Michigan exam.
Learn how to inspire creativity and innovation within your business.
This program, ideally suited for people in West Michigan, is designed to provide strategic and operational understanding of the integrated supply chain (includes a participant project designed to generate tangible returns).
This program is targeted for healthcare professionals and is designed to sustain your organization in the future and provide you with the knowledge you need to enhance your leadership role at your healthcare organization.
4 unit program for Nursing Home Administration that allows participants to sit for the State Of Michigan exam.
Gain insight on the economic future of Michigan.
Improve your communication effectiveness and leadership presence.
This program will help you understand the difference between cash flow and income statement and will improve your understanding of basic financial data.
Best practices in entrepreneurship and how the business community can support start-ups.
This is among the oldest and most prestigious logistics and supply chain management seminars in the world designed for experienced executives and functional managers concerned with design and execution of global supply chains.
In this interactive two-day program, you will develop and practice techniques for communicating as a leader.
Learn how to survive and thrive in a fast moving, continuously changing, transformative world.
This two-day program is targeted at senior managers who are interested in expanding their knowledge of finance and the role of financial choices and financial metrics in strategic decision-making and value-creation.
This is among the oldest and most prestigious purchasing and supply chain management seminars in the world designed for experienced executives and functional leaders concerned with designing and executing state-of-the-art purchasing strategies (includes both faculty and industry executive speakers).
This program is ideal for high-potential business professionals interested to build sustainable skills in the area of leadership and team effectiveness.
Enterprise Process Management*New
Process Driven Strategy*NEW
Learn about the structured approach to critical thinking to improve problem-solving and decision-making.
Railway Management Certificate Program 4-One week sessions.
This program will help you understand the difference between cash flow and income statement and will improve your understanding of basic financial data.
This program will explore the process of strategic decision making and will aim to identify issues that both impede and improve the likelihood of decision success.
This two-day program will help to develop your critical thinking ability and maximize reasoning effectiveness.
This program is ideal for emerging women leaders and will provide a model to brand and position yourself for advancement in your organization.
This program is designed to build the skills that sales managers need to maximize organizational performance.
This program is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and tools required to direct the sales function strategically.
Enhance your negotiation skills, improve your ability to influence and manage conflict.
This two-day program will improve your understanding of your natural leadership style and how to maximize effectiveness of your team.
These online programs are designed for water/wastewater management professionals to assist in their ongoing supervisory, management and communication skills (may support state level certification/recertification requirements).
This online program benefits professionals across industries and levels who contribute to their organization’s performance. Master strategic management and decision making concepts, create competitive advantages and implement long-term strategies. Upon completion of this dynamic series, you’ll develop a comprehensive skill set to move business strategies from the “idea stage” to “big picture” implementation.
This online program, benefitting professionals in all areas of the supply chain and more specifically those in the logistics and distribution area, is designed to provide successful strategies for an integrated supply chain. Learn how to drive operational excellence with logistical tools to maximize customer service and profitability in your market distribution strategy.
This online program is ideal for professionals working in any capacity of operations in the supply chain and is designed to provide insight into effective planning and operations, as well as the integrated supply chain overall. Master a variety of decision tools for maximum efficiency, improving your competitive performance and your bottom line.
Gain critical insight into how to manage the flow of products from sourcing and acquisition through delivery to the customer. Benefitting procurement and sourcing professionals especially, this online program can help you achieve a competitive advantage through the development and implementation of a successful procurement strategy.
This online program is ideally suited for professionals looking to improve their skills and knowledge base across the functions within the integrated supply chain. From strategic sourcing and procurement to operations to logistics and distribution, this certificate provides essential tools and techniques you can apply in this rapidly changing industry.
Master all facets of the new paradigm of supply chain management with this comprehensive online certificate program. Providing the essentials every supply chain professional needs in this competitive environment, this program covers end-to-end integration, value creation, supply chain innovation, market distribution, procurement, planning and control.
In this increasingly competitive industry, your customers’ satisfaction can make or break your organization’s overall success. This online program explores the critical behind the scenes functions and front of the house solutions necessary for providing the best quality experience for your customers. Develop your leadership abilities and gain valuable management techniques across hospitality operations.
Organizations face change for a number of reasons – from adding a new sales process or a new department, to going paperless or going public. This online certificate program reveals how you can leverage change management strategies, leadership styles and workforce design to effectively initiate, implement and manage change.
Industry-wide, human resources is now recognized as a strategic partner in business success. Demand is high for HR professionals who can strategically manage and develop an effective workforce. Through this online program you will build the skills to align HR processes with overall organizational objectives, attract and retain top talent, and maximize employee performance.
To successfully implement and execute a global strategy, managers across the organization not only need the ability to identify and leverage their company’s competitive advantages, but also the ability to build and manage business relationships across cultures. In this online professional certificate, you’ll explore how processes, people, culture and organizational structure work together to create a winning strategy in the competitive global economy.
Supply chain globalization has transformed how and where value is created – globalization is now embedded directly into an organization’s value proposition. The demand for supply chain professionals with capabilities of looking beyond borders and their functional roles increases as the rapid rate of globalization continues. Gain a competitive advantage in emerging global markets through the coordination and integration of your company’s logistics, operations, purchasing and market channels.
This online program examines the critical role supply base management plays in the success and competitive positioning of an organization. It reveals the “how” and “why” of rethinking and evolving your current sourcing and supply base strategies. Discover the most effective methods for evaluating and negotiating with suppliers, and creating sustainable competitive advantage for your organization and across the supply chain.
This online program provides a fundamental understanding of how to leverage data to improve business performance, drive immediate decision making and develop long-term strategy. Each of the three programs builds upon the last to provide you with a comprehensive knowledge base across business, data management and application.
Through this online program you’ll gain critical insight into how to effectively evaluate and select suppliers as well as manage the flow of products from sourcing and acquisition through delivery to the customer.
Since 1981, the Center for Simplified Strategic Planning (through its Strategic Focus on strategy and strategic management services) has provided client companies strategic planning tools and leadership required to obtain superior strategic results.