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Logistics and supply chain education and jobs: A study of UK markets

Wong, Chee Yew; Grant, David B.; Allan, Barbara; Jasiuvian, Inga

Authors

Chee Yew Wong

Barbara Allan

Inga Jasiuvian

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the curriculum design of logistics and supply chain management (LSCM) undergraduate courses offered by selected UK higher education (HE) institutions and compares them with employers’ job requirements in the UK. Design/methodology/approach – Desk-based research involving content analysis of 22 selected undergraduate LSCM courses from 18 UK HE institutions and job advertisements from an online recruitment web site during 12 weeks in 2011-2012. Findings – In general, LSCM recruiters highlighted the importance of professional skills and general management knowledge rather than specific LSCM subject knowledge. Work experience is important even at the entry level. As the roles become more senior, as indicated by higher salaries, more LSCM subject knowledge and work experience is required. The findings indicate an imbalance between the undergraduate curriculum and employer needs. Only some of the LSCM undergraduates programmes investigated provided such a balance of curriculum design. Research limitations/implications – This paper is based on published information in web sites and also job adverts. More studies of the detailed syllabuses for the courses and the overall learning experiences of students are required. Practical implications – This paper highlights the importance of general managerial skills and professional skills to meet the needs of employers. Graduates are expected to be able to manage and acquire additional LSCM knowledge when required indicating the importance of continuing professional development. Originality/value – The methodology of this paper takes advantages of the availability of up-to-date “live” data via the internet. As a result, this study provides new insights into the LSCM employer requirements for three salary brackets, from entry level to senior level, and it indicates the “right” balance of curriculum design for LSCM graduates in the present days.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 4, 2014
Journal International journal of logistics management
Print ISSN 0957-4093
Electronic ISSN 1758-6550
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 3
Pages 537-552
Institution Citation Wong, C. Y., Grant, D. B., Allan, B., & Jasiuvian, I. (2014). Logistics and supply chain education and jobs: A study of UK markets. The international journal of logistics management, 25(3), 537-552. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijlm-01-2013-0003
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/ijlm-01-2013-0003
Keywords Business and International Management; Transportation
Publisher URL http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/IJLM-01-2013-0003
Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull
Additional Information This is the author's accepted manuscript of an article published in International journal of logistics management, 2014, v.25 issue 3.

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