The Battle of Supply Chain Management — is there ‘one truth’ only?

How to tell the difference between academics in operations management, logistics, and purchasing?

–Ask them to define ‘supply chain management‘.


Logistics Perfromance Index – country level benchmarking

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’!




A framework for ‘biomass-to-energy supply chains’

Reference: Martin Svanberg, Árni Halldórsson, (2013) “Supply chain configuration for biomass-to-energy: the case of torrefaction”, International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Vol. 7 Iss: 1, pp.65 – 83


Social networks in supply chain management

to the point… or is it?

Time for the new 2012 impact factors

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🙂


A playful approach to SCM – CFP on games in humanitarian 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🙂


Now: NOFOMA 2013

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…