The fourth edition of the Logistics Performance Index is out now for those who want to do some country-level benchmarking. The LPI is prepared by the World Bank and Prof. Lauri Ojala at Turku School of Economics, Finland.
The interactive benchmarking tool is complemented by an interesting report — ‘Connecting to compete. Trade Logistics in the Global Economy‘.
On the importance of supply chains:
Supply chains are the backbone of international trade and commerce. Their logistics encompasses freight transportation, warehousing, border clearance, payment systems, and increasingly many other functions outsourced by producers and merchants to dedicated service providers.
On the societal role of logistics:
The importance of good logistics performance for economic growth, diversification, and poverty reduction is now firmly established.
Here, logistics does not only tap into the bottom line of the individual firm. Rather, ‘logistics performance’ has wider implications for economic development for countries and living conditions.
Logistics is not merely ‘business logistics’!
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 :-)
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Happy new year 2013! Here’s some funny analogy between SCM and supply chain music.
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!
The Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management is expanding its editorial team and is looking for an Africa regional editor. More specifications to be found here, application deadline Sep 30, 2012.
On that note, there is a current CFP on “Humanitarian logistics education and training” with the same deadline – so if you work with training and/or education in this field, send a paper to the special issue!
No, this is not to add to the theories debate, though the doctoral course we are running right now in Turku may do that. There is an astonishing variety of topics among the participants, anything from public procurement to lean manufacturing to assessing logistics costs on the national level to environmental issues in food supply chains… And yet they all face the same challenges:
- What is theory?
- Which one to select for my thesis?
- How to contribute to it?
With the help of Árni Halldórsson (from this blog) and Craig Carter, the course may shed light on some of these questions – though I ask myself if wondering about them isn’t a perpetual quest in (SCM) research.
“In the military, they like to note that 60 percent of strategy is logistics. Same with filmmaking, I suppose.”
- David Simon (upon finishing season 3 of Treme)
There is a nice infographic circulating about the history of logistics & SCM, according to which logistics education on the university level started as early as 1919. Here it comes (click on it to get to the original site):
The infographic puts the origins of logistics to about 1898, which our French friends may contest when referring to Napoleon’s general Antoine Henri de Jomini who allegedly coined the term as early as 1838. Military logistics, that is, even still referred to on the website of the French defence. Here are some nice quotes (in English) to him and also others about logistics. Enjoy!