Fawcett et al. (2005)* state that professional associations such as CSCMP, AST&L, WERC, ISM, APICS:
”…are entering the supply chain space from diverse directions, giving professionals a variety of eduational resources to chose from”.
In terms of academic disciplines, these organisations refer to logistics, purchasing and operations management. This trend does neither start or stop at professional organisations; academic journals, textbooks…and academics within logistics, purchasing and operations management have in the recent years all extended their domain of management and investication to include the supply chain.
The question is whether this ramification will break the functional silo mentality, that in my opinion may be a phenomena that resides in organisations, but is not necessarily created by them?!
Are these disciplines the Three Amigos?
…Blue shadows on the trail.
Little cowboy, close your eyes and dream…
*Source: Fawcett, Stanley E. and Stephen M Rutner (2005), The state of Supply chain education, Supply Chain Management Review, Sept, v9 i6 p55(6)