The MIT Global SCALE (Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence) Network was initially formed in 2004 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 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 Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL), now spans four continents.
The primary objectives of the SCALE Network are to:
- expand MIT CTL's scope 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, 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, enlarged and developed. The SCALE Network allows faculty, researchers, students, and affiliated companies from all three centers to pool their expertise and collaborate on projects that will create supply chain and logistic innovations with global applications, and help companies to compete in an increasingly complex business environment.