Category Archives: Academic publications

New book: Relief Supply Chain for Disasters: Humanitarian, Aid and Emergency Logistics

Out at last, a more research-oriented anthology on humanitarian logistics called “Relief Supply Chain for Disasters: Humanitarian, Aid and Emergency Logistics“.

And if the entire book isn’t necessary, one can always get just individual chapters on e.g. different types of partnerships, comparisons of different disasters, various aspects of peacekeeping activities (e.g. local sourcing in peacekeeping) etc., greening relief supply chains, or even an analysis that looks into the impact of disasters in light of the logistics performance of a country. Enjoy!


First issue of JHLSCM now online

Following up on its announcement, the first number of the brand new Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management is finally out – follow this link!

And the next one’s already in the publication process:-)


PS edited 3.6. – the journal has a free access period right now, check it out!

Literature review made easy

There are lots of literature reviews and conceptual papers out there so this is not the thing. This “ListAssist” is making the start easier listing key articles and book chapters in particular areas denoting their content but also their methods. There are three within the area of “operations and logistics management”: logistics and supply chain management, humanitarian logistics, and sustainable technology management. A good start making research – and teaching – somewhat easier.


New book: Humanitarian Logistics

Fresh from the oven, it arrived today on my desk, Christopher & Tatham‘s new book on “Humanitarian Logistics: Meeting the challenge of preparing for and responding to disasters“. It collects important insights from practitioners as well as academics. A wonderful read.

Recently, another book came out as well, Pamela Steele‘s “Humanitarian Logistics: A career for women“. It is a mosaic of inspiring stories of humanitarian logisticians, mostly from the field – and complements the academic view rather well.

The next related book (called “Relief Supply Chain for Disasters: Humanitarian, aid and emergency logistics“) is on its way, coming out in May and in that coinciding with the first number of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.  Stay tuned:-)


Anniversaries – getting old, riping, or setting the agenda?

People tend to see birthdays as an excuse to dwell over the meaning(lessness) of life, age, or experience. Funny that we rarely see the age of people the same way we see e.g. reserve wine, cured cheese, antique furniture, relicts, glaciers… Journals, on the other hand – can be outdated, change direction and name (who recalls titles such as the Journal of Purchasing, Integrated Manufacturing Systems, or the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Materials Management?) – or continue to set the agenda. Funnily enough, IJPDLM’s 40th anniversary issue is more of an outlook to the future than a recall of history. IJOPM did not celebrate its 30th this year, nor JOM last year, though who knows, there may be a celebration of “30 years of SCM” in 2012, marking the anniversary of Oliver and Webber coining the term (allegedly in 1982 though I am yet to come across the original). Or then enter SCM 2.0, at least according to Christopher and Holweg (2011), and with that, enter an embracing of volatility and turbulence, and a move from dynamic to structural flexibility. Setting the agenda, as always.


International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management in ISI

Another logistics / SCM journal made it into the ISI: The International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. This was the message from Thomson Reuters:

I am happy to inform you that the International Journal of Physical
> Distribution & Logistics Management has been selected for coverage in
> our products Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences (CC/S&BS)
> and Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI).

We are happy, too:-)


PS Now it is just time to wait for the actual rates and ranks of all the logistics journals that got in recently.

Co-authoring articles – Vancouver protocol

Talking about co-authoring is a bit like opening Pandora’s box. Approaches differ largely across universities and countries. Yet there are actually international agreements determining who should be named as an author vs. who should be thanked in acknowledgements (only). Even the order of authors has been regulated. Here’s a link to the “Vancouver protocol” on the matter, and the text in brief:

“The Vancouver Protocols state that in order to be credited as an author, each and every author on a publication needs to have been involved in the:
1.  Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data
2.  Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content
3.  Final approval of the version to be published.”

Note all the AND-s in the requirements.

So why bother? Statistics on the matter show an increase in domestic and international co-authoring, thus the topic should be of rising interest.

Trends in the co-operation in science, 1985-2007

For this and more see the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2009.