to the point… or is it?
Quoting from Alex‘ e-mail about logistics journals:
JSCM 3.320 21/172 Management
JBL 2.020 41/172 Management
IJPDLM 1.826 50/172 Management
SCMIJ 1.684 57/172 Management
IJLM 1.463 70/172 Management
IJLRA 0.482 145/172 Management
TJ 0.250 24/25 Transportation
Up on (almost) all fronts :-)
This is one of the most exciting CFPs I ever worked with – one on “Games for Learning and Dialogue in Humanitarian Logistics“. Whether you are into board games, role games, video games, apps, serious games or business simulations, this is something to you. Start developing and testing games in humanitarian logistics! Who knows, perhaps some day boardgamegeek, metacritic, or gamerankings will pick up the discussion from here – but first it is time to write an academic article – or at least time to play with the idea :-)
Congratulations to NOFOMA on the 25th anniversary!
In this light, the conference started with a great panel discussion on the past and future of logistics research, with some people who have attended the very first of 25 conferences already! The conference has come a long way, but so has logistics research and practice that has matured during this time as well – though at different speed, as Mats Abrahamsson pointed out, with research that has earlier lagged behind practice now rather setting the pace.
Probably the most interesting question is though, what will happen in the next 25 years? An important warning came from Britta Gammelgaard NOT to forget the discipline and its own journals. Now that finally most of our “usual suspects” of research outlets have been ranked in various systems, for some reason researchers are turning to other outlets instead. It’s one issue to get into rankings, but now it is time to keep them up. Even more importantly, how are we engaging with the right audience if we forget about logistics management and SCM journals?
PS. Time to focus again on the humanitarian logistics presentations, which there are plenty. Pity the conference in KL is clashing with this…
POMS is another one of this incredibly huge conferences where you need to be lucky – or plan it well – to actually meet people outside of the main track you are attending. The quality overall is impressive, pity that most presentations are based on abstracts only.
Different from many other conferences is all the career advice – there are lots of teaching-related tracks, actual career advice tracks, and probably best, there was even a one for women in operations management on how to manage life and career together. More of these, please! (Luckily, also INFORMS has a similar community already, though I am not too convinced of the name “WORMS“.)
If there is anything to complain about, it’s the scam with the mini-conferences that everyone thinks they paid for but are then asked to pay for even more. Apparently even the organisers of these were ripped off! It’s not as if the conference hadn’t been pricy already without that… and the catering is, well:
Ok, this is a via-via-via reference, found through the logistics quotes discussion on the Operations & Supply Chain Academic Group on LinkedIn. But the quote is nice nonetheless:
“Physical distribution is simply another way of saying “the whole process of business”.” Peter Drucker.
The entire discussion can be found here, and a white paper collecting all sorts of similar SCM / logistics quote can be downloaded here. Add your quotes so that they can be added to the white paper!
PS. addition on Jan 9, just found another blog full of quotes, here they are.
Happy new year 2013! Here’s some funny analogy between SCM and supply chain music.
Alan McKinnon’s article on “starry eyed” journal ratings and rankings is on IJPDLM’s EarlyCite and has been circulating around in logistics mailing lists – creating considerable discussion in the otherwise rather quiet Logprofs list, for example. Here’s my favourite quote from the article:
“a good paper is a good paper
regardless of the journal in which it is published”
As with everything else in the article, I couldn’t agree more.
The ELA research day joined forces with BVL PhD workshop resulting in research presentations for PhD students mostly. Quite an interesting concept in itself, with two “hot potatoes” chosen for presentations to tie into, and with PhD students working on those topics given a chance to present their current projects as well.
What were the topics of this year, you ask? Well, humanitarian logistics for one, and supply chain innovations for the other. Both are also followed up on the more practitioner-oriented BVL’s & EUROLOG’s conference. Perhaps a combination of the two would be interesting to pursue…
PS As an interesting conference observation, there was an award for journalists writing about logistics (“Medienpreis Logistik“) – what a genius way to raise the profile of the profession!