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Logistics Management in Practice - towards theories of complex logistics

Nilsson, Fredrik LU (2006) In International Journal of Logistics Management 17(1). p.38-54
Abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present findings concerning what logistics managers

perceive as being difficult and challenging, and what implications this may have for further advances

in the logistics discipline.

Design/methodology/approach – The point of departure for this study was to reflect on perceived

problems, uncertainties, trends, and solutions in logistics, and how they are handled in the everyday

work. The study was exploratory, inspired by grounded theory and aimed at providing grounds for

further theory building in the area of real logistics.

Findings – The findings of this study was related to human, organizational and social aspects, i.e.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present findings concerning what logistics managers

perceive as being difficult and challenging, and what implications this may have for further advances

in the logistics discipline.

Design/methodology/approach – The point of departure for this study was to reflect on perceived

problems, uncertainties, trends, and solutions in logistics, and how they are handled in the everyday

work. The study was exploratory, inspired by grounded theory and aimed at providing grounds for

further theory building in the area of real logistics.

Findings – The findings of this study was related to human, organizational and social aspects, i.e.

how understanding and sense-making can be accomplished in logistics efforts. A major outcome from

this research endeavor was initial, empirically derived arguments toward theories of complex logistics.

Research limitations/implications – One primary finding of importance was the identification of

understanding and sense-making of concepts, techniques and models in logistics. Thus, future

research is needed to provide insights and guidance on how human factors can be considered and

elaborated by management in logistics situations.

Practical implications – Logistics complexity needs consideration when logistics processes and

phenomena are approached to ensure increase understanding for people involved and affected, and for

the sense-making of logistics phenomena.

Originality/value – This paper contributes to knowledge and understanding of uncertainty and

challenges in logistics with focus on human aspects and perception. Previously, most research has

focused on structural aspects and quantitative factors. (Less)
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Distribution management, Management research, Uncertainty management, Packaging logistics
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International Journal of Logistics Management
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17
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1
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38 - 54
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Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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10.1108/09574090610663428
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  abstract     = {Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present findings concerning what logistics managers<br/><br>
perceive as being difficult and challenging, and what implications this may have for further advances<br/><br>
in the logistics discipline.<br/><br>
Design/methodology/approach – The point of departure for this study was to reflect on perceived<br/><br>
problems, uncertainties, trends, and solutions in logistics, and how they are handled in the everyday<br/><br>
work. The study was exploratory, inspired by grounded theory and aimed at providing grounds for<br/><br>
further theory building in the area of real logistics.<br/><br>
Findings – The findings of this study was related to human, organizational and social aspects, i.e.<br/><br>
how understanding and sense-making can be accomplished in logistics efforts. A major outcome from<br/><br>
this research endeavor was initial, empirically derived arguments toward theories of complex logistics.<br/><br>
Research limitations/implications – One primary finding of importance was the identification of<br/><br>
understanding and sense-making of concepts, techniques and models in logistics. Thus, future<br/><br>
research is needed to provide insights and guidance on how human factors can be considered and<br/><br>
elaborated by management in logistics situations.<br/><br>
Practical implications – Logistics complexity needs consideration when logistics processes and<br/><br>
phenomena are approached to ensure increase understanding for people involved and affected, and for<br/><br>
the sense-making of logistics phenomena.<br/><br>
Originality/value – This paper contributes to knowledge and understanding of uncertainty and<br/><br>
challenges in logistics with focus on human aspects and perception. Previously, most research has<br/><br>
focused on structural aspects and quantitative factors.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Fredrik},
  issn         = {0957-4093},
  keyword      = {Distribution management,Management research,Uncertainty management,Packaging logistics},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {38--54},
  publisher    = {Emerald Group Publishing Limited},
  series       = {International Journal of Logistics Management},
  title        = {Logistics Management in Practice - towards theories of complex logistics},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09574090610663428},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2006},
}