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Exploring quantitative skills provision in European logistics and supply chain education

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


Paper presented at 20th ISL, 5th – 8th July 2015, Bologna Italy Abstract: Logistics comprises functional ‘stop’ and ‘go’ activities such as warehousing, inventory management and transport, and logistics strategy has focussed on making these activities more efficient, effective and relevant (Grant, 2012). Techniques for doing so require quantitative skills for logistical system design and analysis and hence logisticians should possess a degree of quantitative skills to undertake these tasks. The broader concept of supply chain management (SCM) includes developing and managing relationships with stakeholders, internally and externally, along the supply chain– such stakeholders include shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers and possibly even competitors in collaborative opportunities. Accordingly, both logisticians and supply chain managers should also embrace ‘softer’ management and less quantitative skills in order to achieve these functions. However, this is not to say that both types of skills are not required at all levels.

Book Type Book Chapter
Journal Proceedings of the 20th international symposium on logistics (ISL) 2015
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
ISBN 9780853583080
Keywords Logistics
Publisher URL Proceedings for the conference are available at


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