The Global Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain Network (GAPSCN) is an unprecedented collaboration between AIAG and institutions of higher learning to develop talent and innovation in global purchasing and supply chain management. GAPSCN also works with other types of organizations to achieve its goals, including automotive industry professional associations, governmental agencies, consultants and industry subject matter experts.

Student Knowledge Acquisition

Student Knowledge Application

Industry Knowledge Transfer

Knowledge & Strategy Incubator

Industry Knowledge Application

The program enhances community college, undergraduate and graduate programs and adult continuing education curricula with real world automotive industry case studies, best practices, knowledge assessments and standards.

Additionally, GAPSCN provides leading edge thinking and guidance for supply chain management strategy and practice innovation to mitigate risk and uncertainty in increasingly complex business environments.

This unique collaboration between industry and academia helps:

  • Accelerate the personal and professional development of the next generation of purchasing and supply chain professionals and fast tracks them to automotive industry assignments.
  • Minimizes the time and expense required to “unlearn” and retrain entry level professionals.
  • Increases automotive purchasing and supply chain talent retention rates.
  • Provides thought leadership and basic research to identify emerging industry strategies for increased competitiveness, threats or issues; predict the potential impact of disruptive technologies or business practices; and assess the cost of compliance for regional, national and international legislative mandates.
  • Facilitates the collaborative development, socialization and pervasive deployment of automotive industry supply chain management standards and best practices.

GAPSCN offers free AIAG memberships, giving students unlimited access to current supply chain best practices, allied standards, e-learnings and knowledge assessments.