Supply chains are global. We believe supply chain education and research should be too. For this reason we founded the MIT Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network. SCALE is an international alliance of leading research and education centers dedicated to the development and dissemination of global innovation in supply chain and logistics.

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Supply Chain Research and Education on a Global Scale

The primary objectives of the MIT Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network are to:

  • expand MIT CTL’s reach and effectiveness in education and research
  • create local supply chain management human capital and expertise in different world regions
  • open up new opportunities for innovation and collaboration
  • develop new educational models and paradigms
  • create a worldwide network of executives, alumni and students trained in the MIT CTL methodolgy

The Network is designed and operated collaboratively. Each Center conducts joint research, administers educational programs, and works with corporate partners. SCALE centers are not MIT outposts or subsidiaries, but instead are independently organized with decade-long contracts. This allows for local expertise to be hired, grown, and developed.

The MIT Global SCALE Network allows faculty, researchers, students, and affiliated companies from any center to pool their expertise and collaborate on projects that will create supply chain and logistics innovations with global applications. The network model is designed to help organizations to compete in an increasingly complex business environment.

Visit the MIT Global SCALE Network for the latest information about this growing international alliance of supply chain education, research, and partnership.

MIT Global SCALE Network History

The MIT Global SCALE Network was initially formed in 2003 with the opening of the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) in Zaragoza, Spain. It expanded with the opening of the Center for Latin American Logistics Innovation (CLI) in Bogotá, Colombia in 2008, the creation of the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) in Shah Alam, Malaysia in 2011, the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics in 2015 and the Ningbo Supply Chain Innovation Institute in, China in 2016.

Collectively, the MIT Global SCALE Network now spans to six centers of excellence on four continents, with more than a dozen educational programs and access points both online and in residence. The Network is home to 55 academic partners, 100 researchers and faculty, 150 corporate partners, and over 1000 alumni working worldwide*.

*Alumni does not include the thousands of certificate holders from the MITx MicroMasters program in Supply Chain Management