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A paradigmatic discourse in the logistics discipline

Nilsson, Fredrik LU (2004) 9th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL), 2004 In Proceedings of the ISL conference
Abstract
Today one could argue that most of the logistics research available has a strong connection to the positivistic paradigm where there is a great emphasis on simplicity in both the research conducted and in the solutions produced. The overall ability to design, plan and control is promoted by the researchers to a great extent. Consequently, firms invest money, time and resources in solutions, based on linear cause and effect relationships, to control and predict logistics activities. The aim of this paper is to contribute to the debate on challenge existing paradigms in logistics research and practice by questioning denominating assumptions in the logistics discipline. A new perspective, the complexity perspective is provided which indicates... (More)
Today one could argue that most of the logistics research available has a strong connection to the positivistic paradigm where there is a great emphasis on simplicity in both the research conducted and in the solutions produced. The overall ability to design, plan and control is promoted by the researchers to a great extent. Consequently, firms invest money, time and resources in solutions, based on linear cause and effect relationships, to control and predict logistics activities. The aim of this paper is to contribute to the debate on challenge existing paradigms in logistics research and practice by questioning denominating assumptions in the logistics discipline. A new perspective, the complexity perspective is provided which indicates changes in our considerations resulting in another, more complex, paradigmatic view, where emphasis on simplicity is set aside and other more complex phenomena such as emergence, self-organisation, adaptation and co-evolution are brought into focus. (Less)
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logistics, self-organisation, emergence, Paradigm, complexity. packaging logistics
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  abstract     = {Today one could argue that most of the logistics research available has a strong connection to the positivistic paradigm where there is a great emphasis on simplicity in both the research conducted and in the solutions produced. The overall ability to design, plan and control is promoted by the researchers to a great extent. Consequently, firms invest money, time and resources in solutions, based on linear cause and effect relationships, to control and predict logistics activities. The aim of this paper is to contribute to the debate on challenge existing paradigms in logistics research and practice by questioning denominating assumptions in the logistics discipline. A new perspective, the complexity perspective is provided which indicates changes in our considerations resulting in another, more complex, paradigmatic view, where emphasis on simplicity is set aside and other more complex phenomena such as emergence, self-organisation, adaptation and co-evolution are brought into focus.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Fredrik},
  keyword      = {logistics,self-organisation,emergence,Paradigm,complexity. packaging logistics},
  language     = {eng},
  series       = {Proceedings of the ISL conference},
  title        = {A paradigmatic discourse in the logistics discipline},
  year         = {2004},
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