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The MIT Global SCALE (Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence) Network is an international alliance of leading-edge research and education centers, dedicated to the development and dissemination of global innovation in supply chain and logistics.

Global SCALE Network

Supply Chain Research and Education on a Global Scale

The Global SCALE (Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence) Network was initially formed in 2003 with the opening of the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) in Zaragoza, Spain. It expanded in 2008 with the opening of the Center for Latin American Logistics Innovation (CLI) in Bogotá, Colombia in 2008 and then again in 2011 with the creation of the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Collectively, the SCALE Network, which includes MIT CTL and its Supply Chain Management (SCM) program, now spans four continents.

The primary objectives of the SCALE Network are to:

  • expand MIT CTL’s reach for both education and research
  • create local supply chain management human capital and expertise in different regions of the world
  • open up new opportunities for innovation
  • develop new educational models and paradigms
  • create a worldwide network of executives, alumni and students who got educated or trained by MIT or with MIT material and influence.

It is designed and operated as a balanced network where each center contributes resources to conduct joint research, administers educational programs, and works with corporate sponsors.  They are not meant to be MIT outposts but instead are structured with 10 - 20 year contracts where local expertise is hired, grown and developed.

The SCALE Network allows faculty, researchers, students, and affiliated companies from all four centers to pool their expertise and collaborate on projects that will create supply chain and logistics innovations with global applications, and help companies to compete in an increasingly complex business environment.

The three international centers currently in the SCALE Network are described individually below.

Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC)

In 2003, CTL signed a 10-year partnership with the Government of Aragón, Spain, to help create the leading European education and research program for logistics and supply chain management in its capital city of Zaragoza. As a result, the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) was established as a research institute of the University of Zaragoza and located in the Plataforma Logística de Zaragoza (PLAZA), which is the largest logistics park in Europe. CTL works with the ZLC on research, graduate education, executive training, and outreach events for the international community. In March 2010, the Government of Aragón signed a ten-year extension of the MIT partnership that takes the contract through 2023. Various extensions of the activities are now under active discussion. Dr. David Gonsalvez is the Director of the Zaragoza Logistics Center.

Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI)

CLI was established in 2008 with a mission to help Latin American businesses and individuals compete in local, regional, and global markets by delivering leading-edge research, technology and educational programs in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management. It was formed with a 10 year agreement between CTL and LOGyCA, a Colombia-based logistics company, who organized a consortium of Latin American enterprises to support the project In 2010, the agreement was extended through 2025. Dr. Edgar Blanco is the CTL Executive Director of the SCALE Network in Latin America and overseas all the academic activities of CLI in coordination with LOGyCA’s leadership.

Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI)

The fourth center in the SCALE Network (and the third International Center) is located in Shah Alam, Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur. The center was launched by the Malaysian Prime Minister in a formal ceremony on March 22, 2011 in Putrajaya. Modeled after ZLC in Europe, the MISI offers a Masters program in supply chain management and logistics as well as various executive education courses. Additionally, it conducts research and corporate outreach activities for global and local firms that operate in the Southeast Asia region. Dr. Mahender Singh is the Rector of the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation.